Reducing the risk of a hamstring strain

The footy season is back in 2021! It's a great sight to see large crowds back watching the AFL, but perhaps what's even greater is the return of local footy. However, a shortened pre-season, coupled with a year of sitting out due to COVID, potentially brings the return of one of the most common injuries in AFL and other sporting codes alike. This of course would be hamstring strains. These are a group of three muscles of the backside of...

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exercise

Exercise as we age

As we get older, there are a few things that are common knowledge. We tend to slow down, recover slower and feel like we can’t do as much as when we were younger. Although true in some facets, the same cannot be said for the benefits of exercise throughout each stage of life. Exercise tends to be a buzzword for some people as we get older who believe it must involve vigorous-intensity activity causing you to sweat, feel uncomfortable and...

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How to stay active in winter 

Clothing:  Focus on staying dry not warm. Avoid cotton fabrics and wear synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon which are designed to dry quickly. A lightweight nylon jacket can be a good option for windy days or a water-resistant jacket if there's a mild drizzle. Unfortunately, the more water resistant the jacket is the more it will trap moisture and warmth. Arm/knee warmers can also be a great option that easily fit into a pocket if you heat up during your exercise.   Warm-up:  Completing a 5-10minute warm up at...

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Hydrotherapy- How it could help you turn the corner in your rehab

Rehabilitation from injuries can be a long-term process. For certain conditions, factors such as pain, strength, range of motion, reduced aerobic fitness and other medical conditions can hinder your progressions in rehab with your physiotherapist.  If this situation sounds similar for you, then you may be an ideal candidate for trying hydrotherapy! What is Hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy is basically a water-based therapeutic exercise program that is conducted under the supervision of a physiotherapist. The physiology and physics behind hydrotherapy can offer...

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Tape Vs Bracing for Sport

After injuries to the joints of the body, a sports doctor or physiotherapist might recommend that you require bracing or taping for returning to sport. This is to help prevent further injury to those areas until your rehabilitation is complete. Common areas for bracing and taping are fingers, thumbs, knees, ankles and shoulders.   It is usually heavily dependent on the intensity and type of sport you are playing. For some contact sports, such as rugby and AFL bracing it is against the rules due to injury risk from...

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Cervical Headaches

Cervical Headaches Headaches are a very common and debilitating condition. Whilst there are many forms of headaches with numerous causes, your neck is a very common source. This is not surprising considering our work commitments and the length of time we spend faced with the computer. It’s our prolonged posture in sitting that eventually leads to potential problems over time. Experimental studies show that the upper 3 vertebrae are intimately related to the same nerves that supply our face and...

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Strength training

In-season strength training: Why it’s important for sports performance and prevention of injury.

It is well known amongst most people, particularly among athletes, the importance of having some form of a strengthening and athletic development program for sports performance. During the pre-season, many athletes use the time away from competition to perform a thorough program. What's more interesting to note, particularly within local and club level sports, is that the amount of sessions dedicated to a strengthening program dramatically reduces once the season starts. While this does seem like the logical thing to...

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Running Recovery tips

Running is a fantastic way to get your blood pumping and let off a bit of steam. It can be a great way to get some alone time if you're always surrounded by work colleagues or young children, or it can be a fun way to fit in a work out whilst spreading your social butterfly wings with a group of like minded exercisers. Whilst it is important to move your body, the question is are you guilty of doing...

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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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Clinical Programs at Hoppers Physio

At Hoppers Physio, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality individual care.  We are fortunate to have a fully equipped gym, with reformers, trapeze, barrel, bike, treadmill, fit balls, and more.  Our staff assess all our clients individually and tailor programs to suit their needs.  If you are considering pilates, our clinical programs are a great place to start.  You will have an initial assessment with one of our physiotherapists, involving a real-time ultrasound of your abdominals to gain...

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