27 Nov 2017

The Importance Of Hamstring Strength To Protect The ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), being the most important stabiliser of the knee, connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). It runs at an oblique angle from the back of the femur to the front of the tibia and its primary role is to prevent anterior translation of the tibia or posterior […]

15 Aug 2017

Pes Anserine Bursitis and Tendinopathy

An out of the ordinary running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is Pes Anserine Bursitis or tendinopathy. Pes Anserine is the combined tendon attachment site on the lower inside part of your knee. Three tendons from three different muscles attach here – sartorius, gracilis and one of your hamstring muscles (semi-tendinosis). At this attachment site is also 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 […]

29 May 2017

ACL Repair And Rugby

A common injury across all sporting formats, including rugby, is an ACL injury. But what happens from a physio point of view? What is the Physiotherapists role in all of this? For those not in the know, the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is one of four important stabilising ligaments of the knee. The ACL sits […]

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 […]

30 Sep 2016

High Ankle Sprains

High ankle sprains involve the injury to the ligaments that are located just above your ankle joint, opposed to the more common lower ankle sprain that occurs to the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. These ligaments connect your shin bone (tibia) to the outer ankle/leg bone (fibula). The connective tissue connecting this joint together is known as your syndesmosis. The syndesmosis […]

1 Jul 2016

City2Surf and Blackmore’s Strategy…Using Lego!

Runners, there is only six weeks until City 2 Surf. Eleven weeks until Blackmore’s. So naturally I’m going to talk about Lego! The Lego Tower Let’s say you’re helping a child build a tower out of Lego. As the tower grows taller they get happier, making you the popular parent/Aunt/Uncle/friend. You help with stacking the […]

3 May 2016

Evidence Supporting Running Retraining For Lower Limb Injuries: PART ONE

Altering your running technique may help to treat running injuries by reducing load in certain muscle groups and joints. Despite the limited amount of quality research, a recent mixed-methods study reviewing the literature has provided some clearer evidence on the effect of running retraining for common running injuries, including: Foot & Lower Leg Pathologies Anterior […]

29 Mar 2016

Should I Have Meniscus Surgery On My Knee? 

What is a Meniscus? Each knee joint has a medial and lateral meniscus, two large C-shaped cartilages that separate the femur (thigh bone) from the tibia (shin bone). Each knee meniscus acts like a wedge to assist with stability at the knee joint (particularly with rotational movement). They also act as shock absorbers (while walking, […]

24 Feb 2016

A Big Butt Makes A Good Runner?

As the human body magically appeared and was remodelled through evolution, someone chose the buttock muscles, or gluteals, to serve as our engine for running. Adequately functioning gluteals provide us with the support we need for both running performance and injury prevention. The gluteal muscle group comprises three main muscles (as pictured) Gluteus Maximus Gluteus […]