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Oct 16

Sports physiotherapy – not just for the elite

The sun’s out, spring is here. The weekend warriors are out in maximum numbers, and why shouldn’t they be?! This is the perfect time to pick up the activity levels, shed the winter insulation and get back into sports. Perhaps it’s the early part of your summer sporting season – tennis, cricket. Perhaps your kids […]

Sep 11

The recreational runner….. with an injury

Runners are a funny lot, aren’t they? We freak out if we’re told we can’t run. We have odd expectations of what is a “normal” distance to do (load to apply), what is “worthwhile” training, and what is “soft” or not worth bothering with. This is the tale of a running patient we’ll call ‘Kate’ […]

Jan 2

Training loads and monitoring

A new year, new goals to be set. It’s so exciting isn’t it? Looking at the calendar, plotting and planing what you might achieve this year. Road trips with friends and family, small goals, large goals, BHAGs (big, hairy audacious goal) – the ones that scare you a little. To reach goals, however, we all […]

Oct 13

Knee pain in recreational athletes

Knee pain in recreational athletes Do you get pain in and around the kneecap when you walk, jog, go up or down stairs, or even after prolonged sitting or kneeling? • Patella femoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common injuries experienced by recreational runners (Taunton et al 2002) • 74 % will […]

Jun 11

Gluteal Tendinopathy and Lateral Hip Pain – why do women suffer more?

Studies have shown that about 1 in 4 women over the age of 50 suffer from lateral hip pain and that this is particularly true for active women. The lateral side of the hip is any muscle or structure on the outside of the hip (see image 1) that runs down to the side of […]

Mar 2

Common triathlon related injuries

 By Jane Rothe – Physiotherapist and Triathlete When it comes to triathletes there are three common biomechanical problem areas that lead to  both social and serious athletes paying their Vital Core physiotherapist a visit… 1) Upper back stiffness 2) Hip flexor tightness 3) Poor rotational control of lower limbs Upper back/thoracic stiffness This is a […]

Nov 16

The role of inflammation in health

Inflammation has become a bit of a buzz word in recent year – inflammation in our tissues, inhibiting healing, making us sick. This weekend, I have read a book that piqued my interest when I saw it on the ‘new books’ shelf at my local public library. ‘Total Recovery: Solving the mystery of Chronic Pain […]

Nov 5

Should I run?

Today I have stumbled across an excellent resource for people wondering if they are fit to run, some tips on eating, drinking, training, and what to do on race day. It has been set up by a British running coalition of groups include the London Marathon and Bupa. Any basic questions you have, and basic […]

Aug 29

Post marathon blues?

The Adelaide Running Festival was held last weekend, finishing at the wonderful new Adelaide Oval, and we are gearing up for the Spring Running Season with the two big Ultramarathons soon – Yurrebilla Ultra 56km and the Heysen 105. As runners, we are always hearing from concerned friends, relatives and strangers that we must be […]

Aug 29

Female triathletes and Pelvic Floor Health

The research shows that at least one in every THREE female athletes has a pelvic floor disorder. One in three!!! Look at your running group. Your netball group, your aerobics class, your hiking friends, even your cycling friends. One in three has a problem or problems with their pelvic floor. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can diagnose […]