Posts Tagged ‘running injuries’

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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Understanding tendon problems

  Tendon problems (also known as tendinopathies) are extremely common in Athletes. Whether it be the Patella, Achilles or Hamstring tendon at fault, it is important to know what is happening within the tendon itself and what you can do to aid recovery.  The most surprising and relatively recent discovery in tendinopathies is that there…

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The most important muscle in runners and how to strengthen it?

What do you think is the most important muscle when it comes to running? “The core muscles” I hear you say? Even though your core muscles have received a lot of attention in the media, they aren’t the most important muscle. Think lower Hamstrings- No. Think higher- Gluteals!? Yes! The most important group of muscles…

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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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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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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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