Category: Exercise

Looking After Your Shoulder In The Gym

Shoulder strength is often neglected and not always adequately restored after an injury. Consequently, shoulder injuries commonly recur. In fact, 40-50% of people with an episode of shoulder pain will report a recurrence within 12 months. Why? The main reason is that we just aren’t strong enough. So when we are strengthening, how can we […]

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The Importance of Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise has long been recognised as an important treatment approach for Parkinson’s disease. A growing body of evidence shows that exercise can also help re-wire the brain and have a neuro-protective response. This means the right kind of exercise may not only improve overall physical function; it may also have an effect on disease progression […]

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Stress Fractures: How Physiotherapy Can Help You Return to Running

Stress fractures, or bone stress injuries, are common in runners.  They are especially common in athletes training for long distances, such as marathons and ultramarathons.  Symptoms often start as a dull ache that can resolve or reduce during a run. But overtime symptoms tend to get progressively worse, sometimes resulting in an inability to continue […]

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The Importance of Strength & Flexibility in the Sport of Rowing

We are currently in the off season for rowing. If you are an athlete, now is the perfect time to work on strength and flexibility to help you in the upcoming rowing season. If you are a coach, it is time to start thinking about implementing these principles at your club or school. It is […]

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Strength Training: What It Is & Why You Should Do It

Have you ever considered what it takes to be in great physical shape? We all have our own idea of what ‘fit’ is, but many of us fail to understand what defines fitness.  Most of would like to improve our fitness, whether that’s being able to walk further or garden longer.  Others want to improve […]

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Incidental Exercise: A Healthy Habit that Can Improve Your Pain

We all know exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The latest guidelines suggest we should be accumulating 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity exercise, or 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours of vigorous intensity exercise a week. However our habits throughout the rest of the day might be undoing this hard work. […]

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How Specific Warm Ups Can Help You Stay Injury Free

In an ideal world, we would want to perform at our best and be injury free at all times. However, hard training and ultimate performance brings with it an increased risk of injury. It’s also no coincidence that if a team can keep its players on the field/court, or if an athlete can participate in […]

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Have You Trained Enough to Safely Return to Playing Sport?

The biggest risk factor for acquiring an injury during sport is having previously had that injury whilst playing. This is the same for any muscle/tendon/ligament/bone injuries. For example, having rolled an ankle playing basketball makes you significantly more likely to roll it again when playing basketball. Another common example is the runner who experiences pain […]

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Five Things to Consider Before Training For a Half or Full Marathon

As running participation numbers increase, more people want to progress their running.  While you might start out with a 5km parkrun or 10km fun run, it isn’t long before many runners look towards longer distances. Training for your first half or full marathon is a huge undertaking and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Preparing well will […]

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Lazy Bum: How to Avoid Dormant Bottom Syndrome

Many of us now work 38 hours or more a week sitting at a computer.  This has led to one of our main muscle groups being severely neglected, often with lasting consequences.  An increasing sedentary lifestyle is being blamed for what a leading American Sports Physical Therapist, Chris Kolba, from Ohio State University, has called […]

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