27 Sep 2017

Marathon Training By A Physio

I am mid way through my marathon training and well-aware getting to the start line is still a way off. It’s three weeks until the big run and things have not gone to plan. Typical injuries that affect marathon runners include foot and ankle, calf, knee, hip, core and back pain (to name just a […]

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 […]

27 Jun 2017

Muscles You Need For The Slopes! Skiers vs Snowboarders

Its important when embarking on your first snow trip, or going back to the snow for the first time in a while, to understand which muscles you will be using and preparing them for the impact of the snow! Mulled wine, hot chocolate, peach schnapps, powdery (or slushy) white snow. In Australia it is a […]

26 Apr 2017

Barangaroo Runners – How To Tell The Difference Between A Calf Cramp And A DVT?

Have you been making the most of the Barangaroo Reserve running route? Or testing yourself on the Barangaroo stairs? A common complaint among runners is cramping in the calves. But how do you tell the difference between a straight forward calf cramp and a more serious injury like a DVT? A DVT (deep vein thrombosis) […]

31 Mar 2017

Is Adverse Neural Tension Causing Your Hamstring Pain?

A common complaint among runners and other athletes is that niggling pain in their calves or hamstrings that doesn’t seem to go away after an injury. Most people are under the impression that “nerve” related pain has to be in the form of pins/needles, tingling or numbness. Nerve related pain or neural tension can actually mimic […]

9 Mar 2017

Should You Stretch Before Exercising?

If you’ve read anything on this topic in the past fifteen years or so, then you’ve already heard what I’m about to tell you. But if not, here’s a bombshell to kick us off: you don’t need to stretch before exercising. I’m not really one for bombshells though. Black and white statements like that, though […]

1 Dec 2016

5 Tips To Prepare Yourself For Soft Sand Running

Soft sand running is probably my choice of exercise when it comes to cardio training, whether it’s in the form of sprints or long distance running. Apart from being an efficient way to workout, it’s free, great for the mind, provides a stunning view to accompany it, as well as a hard earned swim at the end of it! […]

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 […]

3 Sep 2016

Cramps During Pregnancy

It’s the middle of the night, you’ve finally gotten comfortable, you don’t need to get up and go to the bathroom and then it hits. CRAMP! That sharp spasm pain in the calf that can radiate up through the legs and that needs to be stretched now.  Starting in the second trimester, around the 19 […]

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 […]