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The importance of rest & recovery

Rest is important for the body to recover, but what does recovery actually mean and how often and how much is necessary? The purpose of training is to overload the body in order to stimulate improvements in muscular strength and endurance. However, continuing to load the body without adequate rest will lead to overtraining and […]

Don’t push through wrist pain

What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis? De Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves inflammation and irritation of two of the tendons that move the thumb (the extensor pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus). It typically presents as pain at the base of the thumb and wrist which usually comes on gradually over time. Pain is worsened by activities that […]

Interval training for runners

Any run over five minutes is highly reliant on the aerobic system. Therefore regular aerobic runs (commonly known as ‘tempo runs’) during the week and the long slow weekend run are critical for improving performance.  However these runs won’t develop your muscular strength or speed and can become very monotonous. For this reason interval sessions […]

Abdominal & Core Strength Rehabilitation Post-Partum

The female body undergoes amazing changes during pregnancy and birthing. The abdominals in particular undergo significant changes in length and strength due to the growing foetus, connective tissue softening associated with pregnancy hormones and changes in physical activity during pregnancy. As a result, many women post-partum have deficits in their core strength and abdominal function, […]

Neck pain and exercise

Your neck is an extremely complex structure made up of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. This complex make-up allows it to balance the demands placed upon it in having to hold up the weight of your head (which can weigh up to 5kg) and also allow you to move accurately in […]

Recovery in sport (and why it’s important)

During exercise, the body experiences micro-damage to tissue, inflammation, accumulation of metabolic waste products, reduced fuel stores and neural fatigue. Although these implications sound detrimental, they are in fact a necessary process as long as rest and recovery takes place afterwards. When we allow ourselves sufficient recovery time, it ensures that we restore both physiological […]

Exercise During Pregnancy (Ante-Natal Exercise)

Appropriate exercise during pregnancy has many fantastic benefits, including: Preventing and managing pregnancy related conditions such as low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse; Preparing yourself for labour and childbirth; Maintaining good baseline fitness to enhance recovery after the birth; and Preparing you for the physical challenges of life with a […]

World Spinning Vertigo

What is Vertigo? For those of you who have vertigo, you know that it is one of the most off-putting, uncomfortable, and wholly miserable conditions that one could imagine. It is usually defined as a sensation of spinning, where you are still – but the world spins or moves around you. For those of you […]

Run Smarter To Run Faster

Runners are well aware that training load increases have to be gradual, otherwise they are at risk of injury. To become a faster runner, the load must be increased in order to encourage adaptation, however not be so high that the tissue becomes overloaded resulting in an injury. Runners clearly struggle to find this sweet […]

The Throwing Shoulder

Throwing puts enormously high stress on the shoulder at high velocities. In fact, rotation during throwing, or more specifically pitching, is the fastest human movement recorded. Sports that involve repetitive amounts of throwing, often have high shoulder injury rates. One study in baseball reported that 28% of all injuries in professional pitchers were shoulder related. […]