Time for new runners?

"What runners should I buy?" This is a question we get asked all most every day. The answer is unique to every person as footwear choice depends on many factors. Typical things your physiotherapist will consider when discussing your footwear options: What activity do you need the shoes for? Have your goals changed? E.g. Are you looking at doing more speed work rather than distance? Are you just starting this activity or are you experienced? Your current weight The surface...

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Adductor injuries

As preseason for the 2021 soccer season as well as the return of the A-League, it is important to ensure our bodies are capable of the load that will be required when the season commences. Soccer players are the most at risk of developing adductors strains that can result in leg and groin pain. This type of injury is one of the most commonly seen in soccer players due to the nature of the game which requires both repetitive forward and lateral movements such...

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Thrower’s Shoulder

Thrower’s shoulder is a term used to describe pain that occurs when throwing a ball. This is due to instability at the shoulder joint and/or a rotator cuff pathology.  This can develop due to loss of structural integrity or dysfunction of the dynamic stabilizers that control the movement of the humerus in the shoulder joint.   Typically, individuals who suffer from thrower’s shoulder may feel the sensation of their joint slipping, giving way, or feeling loose.  The sensation of a weak arm in certain positions may also be present.  If left untreated and an individual continues to abuse their injury by...

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Shin Splints – all you need to know

Pain at the front of your shin? This could be shin splints!  Pain that is exercise induced and occurs along the lower third of the shin bone is called medial tibial stress syndrome or more commonly ‘shin splints’.   Pain typically develops from a spike in load such as an increase in frequency, the duration of exercise or changing to a harder surface. The biomechanics of you walking or running style can also play a part such as excessive pronation at the foot or even wearing footwear with inadequate foot...

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Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are a group of conditions affecting the most used joints in the body, mostly in the elbow, wrist and shoulder. These strains are mainly job related, and could happen to everyone from desk workers to tradespeople. The most common RSI’s are  Tennis Elbow: Pain and discomfort on the outside of the elbow, common in workers that sit at a desk typing/using mouse or tradespeople doing repetitive work with tools such as drills and hammers.   Carpal Tunnel: Pain across the front of the wrist. You can also...

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Tendon Injury

Since practicing self-isolation measures during the COVID-19 precautions, have you suddenly increased the amount of daily exercise you’re doing? Has it caused an increase in pain in your body that wasn’t previously there? There’s a possibility you may have injured or irritated a tendon. A tendon is a form of connective tissue that joins a muscle to a bone. Some of the major tendons you may be familiar with are the Achilles tendon (below your calf) or patellar tendon (below your kneecap). Pain in these areas can often be...

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