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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 20

Post Baby – Will my tummy ever go back to ‘normal’?

Wow I wasn’t expecting that! So you’ve had your baby. You love them more then lift itself. But…. What’s happened to your body? You still look and feel six months pregnant – no one told you about that bit… and there’s this line/ gap/ hollow down the middle of your now striped/ scarred tummy… whats […]

Jul 4

Sleep is vital for injury prevention

Adolescents and sleep. That old issue, huh? In adolescence, kids like to go to sleep later and sleep later in the morning, but they have to get up early enough to conform with school timetables. It has ever been thus.  Hormonal changes that also affect the sleep wake cycle turn our kids into night owls […]

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 […]

Jun 2

New rowing screening program, especially for school rowing teams

We are very excited here at Vital Core Physio to launch a new pre-season screening program for rowers. The screening program is a comprehensive assessment design by Kate with Tory (1992 World Champion Rower and Principal Physiotherapist) to screen athletes for biomechanical factors that may predispose them to injury, muscle weakness and imbalances as well […]

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 18

Using imagery to boost your dance performance

by Sarah Schwetlik   Every dancer is looking for a way to improve their performance, whether it be through stronger execution or finding a way to connect better with the audience. Mental imagery is a highly under-used tool for improving performance, yet most dancers already use it sub-consciously to some degree. Dancers are well placed […]

Oct 1

I want to keep enjoying this into my 70’s

I came across and article today that has given me pause to think. After talking last week for the Continence Foundation of Australia at their Core Foundations workshop to almost 150 fitness leaders, and explaining what exactly the core muscles are, their strengths and limitations (a plank is designed to be held for 10 secs […]