20 Sep 2016

Are You Hyper-mobile?

Joint hyper-mobility is a condition where joints move beyond their expected range of motion. It is usually inherited from your parents (thanks mum and dad!). Hyper-mobility is quite common in the general population, it is estimated that 10-15% of normal children have hyper-mobile joints, sometimes referred to as “loose” joints or “double jointed”. Hyper-mobility tends to lessen […]

1 Sep 2016

Sway In The Golf Swing

A ‘sway’ in a golf swing is any excessive lower body sideways movement away from the target during the back-swing. This sideways movement forces the golfer’s weight to the outside of their back foot and as a result makes it very difficult to develop a proper weight shift during transition and the downswing. Without proper […]

24 Aug 2016

Plyometric Training: Friend Or Foe? 

Plyometric training is a style of training that involves maximum muscle exertion for maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power through improving strength and speed. Plyometrics is also commonly referred to as “plyos” or “jump training” and is commonly used amongst the elite athlete population to improve their performance. […]

19 Aug 2016

The Unhappy Subluxing Patella

Recurrent patella subluxations occur when the patella (knee cap) is forced out of its natural setting in the trochlear groove of the femur (thigh) bone, and then relocates back into the groove again. Patella subluxation can be traumatic, caused by a force against the knee such as a contact sport injury, or atraumatic, occurring with much […]

28 Jul 2016

Guaranteed Race Day Rituals!

The countdown continues! Just two weeks until City2Surf and six weeks til Blackmore’s! You’ve bought your shoes, built up your training and sensibly tapered for your race. But before the starting gun is fired, there’s the all-important matter of the Race Day Rituals. These can seem trivial but their familiarity may help you keep calm […]

27 Jul 2016

Over The Top In The Golf Swing

“Over The Top” is one of the most common swing characteristics among high handicap golfers and is usually due to overuse of the upper body during the downswing. This results in the club being thrown outside of the intended swing plane, with the club head approaching the ball in an out-to-in-motion. This creates a pull […]

26 Jul 2016

The Injury To Watch Out For In The Wrist

The scaphoid is a small carpal bone located in the wrist just near the base of your thumb. It’s frequently fractured by falling onto an outstretched hand with your body weight behind it; quite a common injury in snowboarders, skateboarders and in older populations who are more prone to falls. Due to the small size of the bone […]

20 Jul 2016

How To Manage A “Corked” Thigh

One extremely common injury in the sporting world is the “corked” thigh. Cork is the colloquial term given to a muscle contusion. A cork usually results from a high impact force such as a rugby tackle or a hard cricket/hockey ball making contact with a player’s limb. The high impact of contact causes damage to the […]

12 Jul 2016

What Is A Shoulder Stinger?

What stings but isn’t caused by a Bee? Unfortunately it’s not any other insect bite either! In heavy contact sports a shoulder “stinger”, as they’re frequently referred too, are pretty common injuries… What’s a shoulder stinger you ask yourself? A “stinger” (aka a burner) is defined by the stinging or burning pain that radiates down from the […]

8 Jul 2016

Bend + Mend Scholarship Winner!

Here at Bend + Mend, we are very proud to be able to offer a Scholarship programme for students of Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology. The Bend + Mend Musculoskeletal Injury Management Scholarship for 2016 went to Chelsea from the University of Sydney! From Chelsea: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bend + […]