Footstrike: does it really matter?

23/03/2014 | 0 Comments

Nowadays everybody in the running community is talking about footstrike with the big question being: can a change in footstrike result in a decreased risk of injury or even more- help to cure injuries!!? Footstrike explained Footstrike is the first contact that the foot makes with the ground which each stride. Runners have been classified into 3 different groups according…

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Muscle tears: classification and treatment

20/08/2013 | 0 Comments

Muscle tears come in all shapes and sizes! They can present like a minor nagging ache that just won’t go away or as a sharp shooting snap that occurs suddenly during interval training. Despite their frequency in sport, little information is available in the international literature about muscle injury definitions and classification systems. So how does one know if what…

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Stress Fractures- what they are and how to prevent them

26/07/2013 | 0 Comments

The bones in our bodies are in a constant process of being renewed via new bone replacing old bone on a daily basis. Old bone (which is broken down just by the process of active living) is removed by cells called Osteoclasts and new bone is laid down by cells called Osteoblasts. This process is normally well balanced however this…

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To stretch or not to stretch??

15/07/2013 | 0 Comments

Most sportsmen include some form of stretching in their training programme. However many questions remained unanswered in regards to the topic of stretching. For example- when is the best time to stretch, what type of stretching is best and most importantly, why do we need to stretch at all? When I asked a group of my patients why they think…

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Dispelling the pronation myth

27/05/2013 | 4 Comments

How many of you runners out there have been labeled with a foot type? Perhaps you have been told you are a pronator or even worse, an overpronator!!? How many of you have been assigned with special shoes in order to control this “excessive” and “dangerous” movement? And what if you don’t have the right shoes? Are you at more risk…

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Runners knee- what is it and how to treat it

29/04/2013 | 0 Comments

Runners knee, also known as Patellofemoral Joint Syndromme (PFJS) is a problem that is common in both runners and cyclists. According to an article by Fredrickson et al, 2006, PFJS accounts for 25% of all knee problems treated in sports clinics. What is PFJS: PFJS is a condition which results in pain around or behind the patella (knee cap).Pain is…

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