Training Loads and Injury

There is currently emerging evidence that an athletes training loads do in fact have a clear relationship to injury. This may not come as a big surprise to many, but it can be extremely challenging to firstly understand load, then be able to accurately monitor it and then utilise this information to actually guide and […]

8 Key Risk Factors for Hamstring Injury

8 Key Risk Factors for Hamstring Injury Non modifiable: Unable to change 1. Previous Hamstring injury Significant risk factor Greater risk of recurrence with greater injury severity 2. Age 2.5 times greater risk if >25 years old 3. Previous injuries  Especially knee injuries such as an ACL reconstruction Modifiable: Able to change 4. Muscle weakness […]

5 key muscles in “Core stability” training and low back pain

Core stability training generally refers to exercises that target the lumbar spine and pelvic region. To get the most out of your core stability training, we must understand the anatomy of the area. The key muscles which need to be considered during core stability training include: 5 Key Muscles 1. Transversus abdominis (TA) 2. Internal […]

Hamstring Strain Rehabilitation: Key Principles

To maximise your outcome after a hamstring injury, it is vital to consider how you run and if this is contributing to your risk of injury. We know from research studies that the hamstring is most commonly injured during the terminal swing phase of running where the leg is extending forward preparing the foot for […]

Is VMO really that important to fix knee pain?

A lot of patients I see with patellofemoral pain who have failed to improve following exercise rehabilitation have spent substantial time trying to activate their VMO (Vastus Medialis Oblique) muscle. The questions we need to ask are: 1. Why have they focussed so much on exercising this little muscle? 2. Why hasn’t it worked? So […]

Should I have shockwave therapy for my tendinopathy, or save my money?

Tendinopathy is common and affects many sites around the body, including the Achilles, outside of elbow (tennis elbow) and outside of hip (gluteal) tendons. People with these painful conditions often have difficulty with functions such as raising their arm, walking, running and going up and down stairs. The only treatment that is supported by strong […]

The philosophy of a well-rounded marathon runner

Respecting the distance a marathon imposes on the body is paramount before embarking on the 42.2km event. A commonly held belief amongst runners is that running a marathon is about just that – running. However, running big kilometres requires not only a practised ability to run distances but also muscular strength and endurance, both of […]

Tendinopathy Research Blog – Sept-Dec 2014 part 1

Dear all Has been a while since the last installment and there have been lots of enthusiastic researchers publishing their excellent work – here is some. More to follow in a ‘Christmas Special’, back end of December, as there are lots of other great studies over the last 3 months I would like to include. […]