Rugby demands a lot for the body. It is a high demand and high impact team sport. Historically it has been a sport dominated by males but as of late has picked up major interest by females. Statistically, 1 in 4 rugby players are likely to suffer an injury during a season. Major risk factors […]
Can an ACL heal on it’s own?
Achilles Tendonitis or Achilles Tendinopathy refer to pain / inflammation in the Achilles area. It is commonly an overuse injury seen in sports or jobs requiring repetitive action such as jogging or labouring. What causes Achilles tendon pain? Tendons are what connects the muscle to the bone. They are most made up of collagen fibres […]
How do you detect a stress fracture?
When the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is torn, it does not repair itself unlike many other injuries. However, it is possible to recover and play sport without an ACL through specific exercises. The ACL is one of the main structures stabilizing the knee. It is a robust piece of tissue, however many patients still tear […]
Core Stability Basics
With the New Year there were doubtless resolutions to KICK START that new lifestyle with a diet and exercise routine with a “sound run or two and a few push-ups”. As we drag the Dunlop Volleys from the cupboard, there are a few important considerations for the experienced and less experienced runners. With any […]
With the recent explosion in popularity of Pilates exercise programs, terms such as core stability have begun to pass into common language. The uninitiated may be aware that this has something to do with the abdominal muscles, but for Physiotherapists the growing awareness of core stability has revolutionized the way they look at back pain. […]
City 2 Surf
With the ocean swimming season kicking into gear once again, there are some important considerations that both the experienced and less experienced swimmers need to keep in mind. With the increased time spent in the water, often combining both pool and ocean swimming, there is an increased demand placed on the shoulder. As an example, […]
With City 2 Surf just around the corner, thought I would give you a few tips and tricks if you’ve begun to struggle with shin splints. Don’t fret, you’ve got just enough time to nip them into shape before the 13th of August! Shin Splints, what are they? Shin splints or, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, […]
Many runners present to our clinic complaining of tightness down the outside of their leg or pain over the outside of their knee. The common diagnosis is ITB friction syndrome, but what does this mean and how do you we treat it? Firstly it is important to identify what the Illiotibial band (ITB) is and […]
The low back (lumbar spine) along with the shoulder and knee are the most common structures to be injured by competitive swimmers during training and competition. High performance swimmers often sustain back injuries due to the repetitive movements of hyperextension (arching the back), flexion (bending forwards) and rotation. All swimming strokes maintain some degree of hyperextension of the lower back […]