Common Running Injuries

Running Injury

Written by; Isabella Peters (Bach Ex Sci) (Master ExPhys current) If you are a runner you will understand there is nothing worse than an injury.  Injuries lead to interruptions to your training, potentially months of rehabilitation and a reduction in performance.  Whether you’re a ‘weekend warrior’ or a high-performance athlete, avoiding injury is vital to your ongoing enjoyment and continual improvement with your running. In this article we overview the most common running injuries and…

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The importance of posture and how you can improve it

Personal Trainers treat posture

Throughout your childhood you were most likely told many times to “sit up straight!”.  You probably didn’t understand why. Your mother, teacher or whoever was giving you these instructions probably didn’t know themselves. As it turns out, the biggest reason why this is so important revolves around your posture – the forces you are placing on your muscles and joints; and the messages you are training your brain (neural system). In our typically western lifestyle,…

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Why is mobility training important for your health?

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When you think of exercise do you immediately consider aerobic exercise and strength training?  Are you aware there are other components to your training which contribute to your overall health and well being?     Flexibility or mobility training is an important dimension you must incorporate into your training whether your a beginner or are more advanced.   And there are many reasons why! Your flexibility/ mobility decreases with the typical modern western lifestyle;  with prolonged sitting and…

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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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