Sports


Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciopathy

Plantar fasciopathy is the most common cause of plantar (under-side) heel pain.  It is an overuse condition of the plantar fascia at the attachment to the heel.  The plantar fascia is involved in foot biomechanics as it provides arch support and absorbs shock throughout gait. People with low arches or flat feet can have an […]

Hamstring – Risk & Prevention

Ping!  There it went.  A sudden pain and tightness was felt through the back of my right thigh and I immediately tumbled to the ground.  It was a hot January afternoon and I was being put through my paces with repeated sprint efforts during the preseason training for AFL.  Fortunately for me, this was my […]

Concussion Management – Baseline testing

For many years now, athletes who suffer concussions have been cleared for a return to sport once their clinical symptoms have subsided. However, the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (2017) refers to recent literature suggesting physiological deficits in the brain may outlast the period of clinical symptoms. This is of great importance, as […]

Warm-Up Routines

Integrating a warm-up with physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for both performance and injury prevention. While knowing a warm-up can have positive effects, it is important to know what to include in your warm-up. Static stretching prior to exercise is commonly used as a warm-up technique in many sports, however research has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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