10 things you should know about Shin Splints

Shin splints is a one of the more complicated pathologies that Physiotherapists treat in their clinics. Here are 10 simplified points to make things easier for you to understand 1) In the medical world, Shin splints is now better known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and has been reported to account for 12-18% of…

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Yes it hurts but can I still run?

If you are a serious runner then 2 things are certain. At some point you have experienced pain associated with running Nothing is more painful then being told you aren’t allowed to run As someone who treats a lot of runners I know, it hurts. Not just the injury, but the thought of having to…

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5 TOP TIPS for treating Planter Fasciitis

Those runners who have suffered from Planter Fasciitis know how debilitating the condition can be. That nagging pain in your heel and arch with every step you take. Excruciating in the morning. And just when you think its getting better, it flares up again. Worst of all, you cant run! Fortunately, its not all doom and…

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The truth about BAREFOOT RUNNING

The last 5 years have seen an explosion in the media surrounding the barefoot running debate. Predictably there are fierce supporters on both sides: Those that think that humans were born to run barefoot and those that believe that barefoot running is just a crazy fad. So here is what we know so far on…

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Footstrike: does it really matter?

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…

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Muscle tears: classification and treatment

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…

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Stress Fractures- what they are and how to prevent them

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…

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To stretch or not to stretch??

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…

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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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Runners knee- what is it and how to treat it

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…

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