Posts Tagged ‘injury prevention’

Post Partum wrist pain- what can be done?

As moms we all know how demanding caring for a baby can be. What can often complicate the situation is the development of various aches and pains that can arise postpartum as a result of caring for your baby. One of these problems is the development of wrist and/or thumb pain which is medically termed:…

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How lack of sleep affects pain and recovery (and what to do about it)

Sleep is a basic human need and is critical to survival. It represents an essential period of recovery and has an important role in the proper functioning of most, if not all, body systems. Sleep is important for immune function, tissue healing, pain modulation, cardiovascular health, cognitive function, learning and memory. Without adequate sleep, people…

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Cadence (step rate) and why it is important in runners

  Cadence (otherwise known as step rate) is a topic which is relatively well known in the running community. Majority of this knowledge centers around the notion that 180 steps per minute is what a runner should be aiming for. Why this particular number? The 180 myth was perpetrated by a famous running coach Jack…

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5 myths that do NOT prevent running injury

The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in running enthusiast. Coupled with this there has been a substantial increase in running injuries. Running injury prevention is therefore a very hot topic at the moment and of course everyone has an opinion. While its important to know what really can help prevent injury, its…

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The foam roller and the ITB: to roll or not to roll

Since my previous ITBS article was written a few years ago, there have been some updates to the latest evidence surrounding ITB syndrome and its treatment. One very popular treatment given by practitioners to patients suffering from ITBS is the foam roller. Patients are instructed to use their body weight to ‘massage’ the ITB whilst…

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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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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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