The truth about BAREFOOT RUNNING

23/04/2014

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 the barefoot running debate-: Despite…

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Postpartum wrist pain- what can be done?

30/03/2014

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: De Quervains tendosynovitis. What causes…

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Footstrike: does it really matter?

23/03/2014

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 into 3 different groups according…

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Muscle tears: classification and treatment

20/08/2013

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 does one know if what…

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Stress Fractures- what they are and how to prevent them

26/07/2013

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 normally well balanced however this…

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To stretch or not to stretch??

15/07/2013

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 my patients why they think…

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