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Training with injuries

Training with injuries

One of the more frustrating things about being injured which often tends to get overlooked, is the restriction in daily activities for the injured person. For a lot of people, being told they need rest and they can’t train can be worse than any pain that they are...

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or anterior knee pain is a common complaint seen here in the BeFit clinic. It usually presents as a sharp pain felt under the knee cap and is aggravated by movements or positions that stress or compress the joint between the femur...

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When Should You Visit Your Physiotherapist?

When Should You Visit Your Physiotherapist?

You’ve only got one body, so why don’t you start taking care and listening to it the way you should be. A physiotherapist is a bodies best friend, they have the ability to help us reach our personal optimal level of functioning – no matter age or previous issues....

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Neck pain

Neck pain

Winter is upon us and with the cold we often see an influx of neck pain. But what causes neck pain? Neck pain or stiff necks are very common among the population and often can feel incredibly debilitating as you try to get through your day to day living. Neck pain can...

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Benefits of Sports Massage

Benefits of Sports Massage

Whether you are a professional sportsperson or not, whether you are injured or not, massage has numerous benefits to help maintain the body in top condition, prevent injuries, boost performance and extend your sporting career. BENEFITS Increased tissue permeability –...

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ACL – Return to running

So my 6 month ACL check-up was a success! The graft is strong and intact, hooray! There is still some swelling inside the knee but very minor. That lump in the back of my hamstring I spoke about last time was a Bakers cyst. Very common post surgery and more often than...

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Strength training for endurance athletes

Strength training for endurance athletes

Strength training remains an under-utilised tool to improve performance in endurance sports despite recent evidence showing beneficial outcomes (Blagrove, Howatson, & Hayes, 2018). Concerns about slowing down, gaining muscle mass and the perceived opportunity cost...

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Plantar Fasciopathy

Plantar Fasciopathy

Background Plantar fasciopathy (previously known as plantar fasciitis) is the most common cause of heel pain in adults and effects up to 8% of running based athletes. (Taunton et al., 2002) Symptoms of plantar fasciopathy include pain at the base of the heel that is...

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ACL Rehab Part 5: Time To Strengthen

ACL Rehab Part 5: Time To Strengthen

Welcome back! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 or Part 3 or Part 4 of this blog go back and read them so you have some context before diving into today’s blog, which is all about post-op rehab 3 - 5 months post-surgery. Time To Strengthen It was time to get my rehab on...

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ACL Rehab Part 4: Healing Takes Time

ACL Rehab Part 4: Healing Takes Time

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 or Part 3 click the links to catch up. Where were we? Oh yes, that’s right! Like I mentioned in Part 3, I thought I had re-torn my ACL 2 weeks after the surgery. Luckily that wasn’t the case. I had to keep reminding myself that I just...

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The Best Tip I Ever Learnt

The Best Tip I Ever Learnt

A few years ago, an old boxing trainer told me that lying on your back, with your legs up a wall, helps recovery. I never understood why, but I did it. It actually turned out to be the best thing I ever incorporated into my training. Now my training sessions are...

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What to expect from your physiotherapist?

What to expect from your physiotherapist?

I felt compelled to write a blog about what to expect from your physiotherapist, because I feel it’s a topic not often touched on, yet so important for soon-to-be physios as well as prospective clients. Over the last 5 weeks I’ve been mentoring a Masters of...

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Everything You Need To Know About Shin Splints

Everything You Need To Know About Shin Splints

 Shin Splints: What Causes Them, How To Treat Them And The Best Ways To Prevent ThemShin pain can be relentless. Ongoing pain that stops you doing the exercise you love. You’ve probably tried to ‘rest up and hope for the best’, which makes the pain go away, but as...

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ACL Injury Part 2: Surgery & Post-Op Rehabilitation

ACL Injury Part 2: Surgery & Post-Op Rehabilitation

If you missed part one, click here to read about Joel’s ACL injury, confirming the ACL tear, and early prehab before surgery. In Part 2 of our Knee ACL Injury and Rehab series, we follow Joel through surgery and his first week of rehabilitation post-op. Take it away...

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Gut Troubles?

Gut Troubles?

Gut Troubles? Here’s How To Manage Your Symptoms WITHOUT eliminating the Foods You Love Abdomen extended like a balloon, wind as you walk or frequent trips to the bathroom? If you answered yes to any of these symptoms, you’re not alone. Research shows that 10-25% of...

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Strength Training for Women

Strength Training for Women

Once upon a time the gym was segregated into two main areas - the male/weights area and the female/cardio area. Nowadays it's great to see more ladies lifting weights and building a fit body rather than pounding the treadmill relentlessly trying to "get skinny". In...

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Why you need a rest day

Why you need a rest day

There’s always a vibrant hum in the gym in January. Everyone has set goals and resolutions to get fitter, faster and stronger. It’s usually a case of more training, or an increase in intensity in the hope of quicker results. However, there’s one important factor that...

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NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES TO REDUCE MUSCLE CRAMPING

NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES TO REDUCE MUSCLE CRAMPING

Muscles Cramping Your Performance? Here’s What Foods and Supplements Can Help Defined as ‘painful involuntary skeletal muscle contractions’, muscle cramping is a common and unwelcomed complaint among many athletes. Exercise related muscle cramps (ERMC) typically occur...

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Knee injury ACL tear

Knee injury ACL tear

A Pain In the Knee: Joel Adelman’s ACL Injury and Rehab THE INJURY Let me set the scene. It’s Monday night at my mixed social netball competition. We are currently up by 11 goals in the final stages of the fourth quarter. This game is in the bag. The ball gets thrown...

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Shoulder Impingement Part 3: Treatment

Shoulder Impingement Part 3: Treatment

The other week when I was lecturing fourth year physio students at UTS, a debate started about strengthening versus stretching in treatment, which is of particular relevance for shoulder impingement. A mistake I commonly see with clients that have coracoacromial...

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Nutrition for Injury

Nutrition for Injury

Nutrition Strategies To Stay LEAN And MAXIMISE Recovery From An Injury Whether you’re an athlete or gym junkie, an injury will knock you back physiologically and psychologically. I’ve lost count of the number of times people fall into the ‘all or nothing approach’ and...

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Cooper and that scapula fracture

Cooper and that scapula fracture

  That fractured scapula! The scapula is the shoulder blade, it is a triangular shaped bone located in the upper back that is protected by a complex system of muscles. The scapula provides the primary connection between the chest and the arm. Research indicates...

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How to use a break to boost performance

How to use a break to boost performance

Let’s start by saying its ok to have time off from exercise, you won’t lose fitness, you won’t gain weight and it won’t affect your performance. Breaks in a few forms: Unplanned – i.e. injuries, illness. Planned – i.e. natural breaks, like the end of competition...

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Why you should warm up?

Why you should warm up?

Why warm up? Above all else, the most important thing you can do is warm up properly. The first reply I get is “Come on. It cant be the most important thing” If you don’t have time to warm up, you don’t have time to work out. Why?  Warm up – a Norwegian study in 2012...

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Overtraining and Adaption

Overtraining and Adaption

How to approach training Adaptation This is when we develop our capacities to training – the physical ability to perform the task e.g. performing on the track. This is the role a strength an d conditioning coach might play in this area of training Every training...

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Headaches and neck pain

Headaches and neck pain

Headaches can affect up to 60% of Australians; they can be debilitating and affect productivity. What causes them and how can we treat them? I’m going to classify headaches into 8 main categories         Headaches associated with illness (respiratory infections,...

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Tendinopathy

Tendinopathy

A question that I am frequently asked is do I have tendinitis or a tendinopathy, sometimes just to confuse you I will call it a tendinosis. So all these conditions with tendons, what’s the difference?  Firstly, tendon – itis/ opathy/ osis are often used...

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Sitting at Work

Sitting at Work

You’ve probably seen all the news reports and read the paper about how bad sitting all day at work is for you? But is it really that bad? Short answer YES! Let’s break it down, you wake up, sit down to have breakfast, make your way to work probably sitting in a car/...

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Stretching

Stretching

There are several misconceptions regarding stretching so let’s get things straight: Stretching is most effective when the body is warm; otherwise it may have a negative effect and can in fact cause a weakening of the muscles by between 8-10% . So stretching is ok...

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Recovery

Recovery

Things you should do? Warm up – a Norwegian study in 2012 found a 20 minute warm up was more effective than a cool down for reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. Ice baths – the research is still not out as every few months, an article claims they are effective,...

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Weight training and low back pain

Weight training and low back pain

Thoughts on weight training or bending with a Hx of lower back pain? For me weight training is essential for anyone with a history of lower back pain, but you have to earn the right to commence weights training. Following an injury its important to put the ego aside....

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Running Shoes

Running Shoes

  With the City To Surf coming up fast and many of you have started preparation and running program but have you had a look at your footwear. Here are some simple tips to pick the right shoe for you! What’s the best shoe for you? Well, that depends on a rand of...

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Dry Needling

Dry Needling

  What is dry needling? ‘Clinical or Western acupuncture’, where sterilised acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin. It differs from an injection which is “wet needling”. It is used to target and restore muscle function, in conjunction with physiotherapy,...

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How to train like a professional athlete

How to train like a professional athlete

So you’ve been watching the commonwealth games, you’ve seen the bodies, the records tumble and all the magic moments have inspired you to start training. So how do you train like a pro? Now most busy 9-5ers don’t have time to spend all training, eating and recovering...

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How to train the Core

How to train the Core

I often get asked when should I do core training and what is the best exercise for my core? Well luckily Dr Stuart McGill (@backfitpro) has done all the research for us! McGill found that an isometric program was superior to a dynamic program. It effectively increased...

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What is what?

What is what?

  I often get asked questions like what are tendons, what are ligaments, what do they do? So lets get back to basics. Part 1: Bone Bone is the most rigid form of connective tissue, despite this rigidity one undergoes constant metabolism and remodelling . Bone is...

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