Spinal Flexion during strength training: Is It dangerous?

Written by;  Nick Agius (Exercise Science Student-  Deakin University) Many exercise physiologists, personal trainers and strength and conditioning  coaches teach the importance of maintaining a neutral spine throughout strength training exercise. Numerous studies have pointed to this being pivotal in preventing chronic back injuries that can arise holding spinal flexion under loads. However, there is opposing evidence suggesting this debate isn’t so black and white.  Indeed, many researchers argue spinal flexion during strength training may be of…

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Diagnosing and Treating Anterior (Forward) Pelvic Tilt

Written by: Sebastian Mann  Bach. Exercise and Sport Science (current) What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt? Anterior Pelvic tilt (APT) is a postural condition where the orientation of the pelvis in respect to the femurs (thigh bones) and the rest of the body is moved or tilted forward away from its neutral or correct position and becomes the resting position of the pelvis. What causes Anterior Pelvic Tilt? This musculoskeletal condition is extremely common in modern…

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Strength training for endurance sports

Strength training has been shown to have enormous performance benefits for athletes (and weekend warriors!) involved in power sports such as AFL football, sprinting, tennis, squash, swimming etc.   However, there are many sports and activities such as long distance running and triathlon which are endurance based where athletes don’t make time in their training schedules to include strength training. Is strength training also beneficial for these endurance sports? The simple answer is yes – but…

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Warning Signs for Low Back Pain

As an exercise physiologist, one of the most frequent sites of pain I encounter in my work with clients is low back pain. According to The Medical Journal of Australia, up to 80% of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Worse still, it is thought that 10% of Australians will suffer from significant disability resulting from back pain. This has prompted researchers to call for back pain to be identified as…

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The Listening Foot: Foundations For Movement

Your feet are the essential stabilising system for your body.  Similar to the foundations of a building, your feet provide the sensory foundations for most of your daily movements.  When your feet are rigid and moving incorrectly, this triggers an entire chain of incorrect movement patterns through your body!  This cascading impact of dysfunction is often detrimental to effective movement in the gym, in sport, and in daily life.  Thus, your feet must be viewed…

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Hip Flexor Tightness: What Is It and What Can We Do About It?

What is “tightness”? When clients tell us that they feel “tightness” in a certain part of their body, it tells us that they are experiencing restricted movement.  But what is the cause?  Restricted movement can be caused by several factors that are usually inter-related: Decreased muscle flexibility. Joint mobility issues. Problems with other connective tissues, e.g., scar tissue, myofascial trigger points. Incorrect muscle activation and relaxation patterns. We live in an age where the average…

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The Dangers of Corticosteroid Injections

A common medical treatment for back pain, neck pain, and limb pain is to inject the affected area with an epidural of corticosteroid.  This is an anti-inflammatory medication directed through a syringe directly into the site of pain.  This treatment method is widely used and administered within the sports medicine community. Last week, a warning was issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about…

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Powerful Self-Massage Techniques: 1-Hour Workshop at Inspire Fitness

Your day-to-day habits – whether they consist of frantic movement, heavy lifting, or static standing and prolonged sitting – all have adverse effects on your posture. Poor posture developed through our modern lifestyles leads to imbalances of flexibility and strength between various parts of your body. Left uncorrected, your postural imbalances are brought to the gym every time you come for a workout. To avoid injury and increase the effectiveness of your training, it is…

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