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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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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