Category: Running

What is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (aka Shin Splints)?

Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), commonly known as ‘Shin Splints’, is a condition where people feel pain in their lower leg, typically towards the front and inside of the shin. Symptoms of MTSS usually present during or after activities that mainly involve running. Often there isn’t an injury or incident, but instead the symptoms develop […]

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Calf Pain in Runners

Calf pain after an acute tear is common and somewhat expected. However, a lot of runners have calf pain without a history of trauma to the calf itself. For these runners the key is determining the cause, and implementing strategies to reduce their pain and prevent it coming back. That’s where physiotherapy can help.   Runners with non-traumatic […]

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Athletes Without Pain – Why See A Physio?

It’s often thought that in order to see a physio you need to be injured or in pain. You may think that now or have thought that in the past, but here’s a myth buster for you – it’s not true. Physiotherapists are now increasingly used by sports teams to help improve the performance of […]

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Strength Training for Runners: A Practical Guide

The benefits and importance of regular strength training for runners is widely reported in academic literature. No doubt you will have seen social media posts encouraging runners to get strong. However, how a runner should introduce strength work into their training program is not always clear. In this article we look at some practical ways […]

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The Importance of Recovery Following Exercise and Competition

You may have seen athletes at international athletic events, or even at a community level, undertake different methods to help their body recover for the next round of competition. This could include what they eat/drink, what they do to cool down and even what they wear post the event. You may be wondering what it’s […]

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Why Hip Strength is Important in Runners

Hip strength is one of the most important muscle groups in preventing and rehabilitating running injuries. Assessing for weakness is often forgotten but is important in many types of lower leg injuries, whether it be knee, foot and/or around the ankle. Adequate strength, activation and endurance of these muscles are required to allow optimisation of biomechanics […]

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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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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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Managing Running Load to Prevent Injury

Running is an increasingly popular activity. Around Tasmania we are seeing more people out running. The simple nature of running is a huge factor in its appeal. It allows people a hassle free way to get outside and improve their health. But the simple act of running is often complicated by injury. Injuries are frustrating. […]

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