running

Dispelling the pronation myth

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?…

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5 important exercises to improve running form

As a physiotherapist I always give my patients exercises to help improve their running form. Although there are hundreds of good exercises one can give to a runner, the following 5 seem to be pretty popular in my clinic. These exercises can be used as a quick test to see if you have certain areas…

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Runners: 10 top tips for injury prevention

1)      Pace yourself: Experts agree that ‘training errors’ are the number one cause of training injuries- doing too much too fast too soon. Our bodies are excellent at adapting to change, however adaptation takes time and is best done slowly. Training errors can result is repetitive strain injuries, including ITB, Achilles tendinopathy and planter fasciitis…

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Achilles Tendinopathy- what is it and how to treat it

One of the most common injuries in runners is that of the Achilles Tendon. In fact, according to an article by Maffulli et al, 2004, the rate of Achilles Tendon injuries in runners is 10 times that in age matched controls. Achilles problems in cyclists also exist, and although less researched, can often be brought on…

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ITB syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome  According to a study published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, one of the five most frequent running related injuries among long distance runners is Iliotibial Band Syndrome commonly known as ITBS. In fact ITBS accounts for 12% of all running injuries. What is the ITB and what is…

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Overtraining- are you training too hard?

Overtraining Syndromme (OTS): Ironman, a long distance triathlon is the mother of all endurances races. Training for such an event involves a huge amount of time, preparation and commitment. Athletes need to push themselves, sometimes to the limit of their capabilities. Most athletes are familiar with the ‘overload principle’ when it comes to training. This…

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Acute Injury Management

An acute injury is often defined as a sudden injury that has occurred as a result of a traumatic event. For example, imagine the situation:  You wake up and it’s a beautiful day! In your eagerness to get outside, you run down the stairs, trip on the last one and land on the outside of…

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Planter Fasciitis- a quick explanation for patients

The planter fascia (Figure 1) is a thick band of connective tissue which starts from the heel bone and extends along the foot to the 5 toes. The planter fascia has a number of roles, the most important of which is to support the arch of the foot. Planter Fasciitis was once thought to be…

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