2 Aug 2017

Three Useful Exercises To Conquer ‘Shin Splints’ In Runners.

For an overview on the causative factors and clinical presentation of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also often known as Shin Splints, please click here. So, what are the main aims of exercise in the management of MTSS or Shin Splints? To improve load capacity of the calf To improve kinetic chain load capacity by […]

29 Jun 2017

Why Split Squats Are Better Than Back Squats

Split squats are an excellent alternative to regular barbell back squats, or as the title suggests, a superior alternative in many ways. The split squat is normally performed with the rear foot elevated on a bench, causing the front leg to support 85% of the load. Although it is generally regarded as single-leg exercise, it […]

8 Jun 2017

Why You Should Incorporate Push Ups Into Every Chest Workout.

What does your current chest workout look like? Bench press, followed by dumbbell press, followed by incline / decline bench or dumbbell press… see a common theme? The problem with this approach is it can lead to unhealthy shoulders by generally failing to activate the serratus anterior muscle  –  a well-functioning serratus anterior is crucial […]

19 Jan 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL: Get The Right Fitting Backpack!

Get your kids active and protect their spine with the right fitting school backpack! It has been suggested that 9 out of 10 children are not active enough; an alarming figure thanks to our advancing technology which is allowing us to stay at home and interact (or not interact) from the couch for hours on […]

4 Dec 2016

Treadmill Vs Road Running – Is There A Difference?  

I’m sure there are quite a few of you who trade the road for a treadmill during the cooler months of winter. Have you ever felt that your running technique or effort is different with one versus the other? Do you find it difficult to adjust to that treadmill belt after months out on the […]

4 Nov 2016

Will Running Wear Out My Knees?  

No doubt you have heard or been told by a colleague (or sadly by your Doctor or Physiotherapist) that running wears out your joints and that each step you take will lead you to a lifetime of knee replacements. Has this statement previously instilled enough fear to cut your running career short or prevent it […]

29 Sep 2016

Are You New To Running? Don’t Be Afraid. 

The word running brings delight to some, whilst others would prefer it to be removed from the dictionary. Whether you are someone who is planning to tackle a running event on the 2016/2017 calendar, or you would just like to maintain an adequate level of cardiovascular fitness, you need to ensure that you start your […]

5 Sep 2016

Muscle Cramp – A Common Complaint That We Don’t Quite Know Enough About PART 2

Whilst there is no recipe detailing proven strategies for preventing calf cramp, if we consider the neuromuscular theory of cramp, reducing the effect of fatigue through endurance training and conditioning makes sense. Whilst an incremental approach to running (i.e. avoiding zero to hero in a week) and getting miles under the belt is very important […]

2 Aug 2016

Muscle Cramp – A Common Complaint That We Don’t Quite Know Enough About

Are you someone who has stumbled your way to the end of an endurance race in the presence of calf cramping? You’re not alone – up to 50% of marathon runners are known to cramp up during a race. This high percentage might reflect the elusiveness surrounding its cause. Different theories have been documented; however […]

2 Jul 2016

Evidence Supporting Running Retraining For Lower Limb Injuries: PART THREE

In this blog, the most recent evidence and expert opinion surrounding running retraining considerations for iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS), patellar tendinopathy, and proximal hamstring tendinopathy, will be discussed. Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS) Some experts advocated the use of running retraining for ITBFS and recommended strategies including: Reducing hip adduction and internal rotation i.e. […]