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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun 12

Bowel Cancer Awareness month

June is bowel cancer awareness month in Australia. A simple test should be done by every adult from 40 years old, every year. Tests are available from Bowel Cancer Screening Australia, or from many chemists. To help promote the cause, the Australian Physiotherapy Association included an article about Tory and her ‘Running for Jodi Lee’ […]

May 15

The case for exercise in tissue healing

As I was running this morning (yay – I am running a bit again! Injuries are really hard to live with, I have always known this, but yes, the shoe is on the other foot now. I commiserate in the strongest way), I listened to another of the excellent podcasts from the British Journal of […]

Apr 23

Shoes or Barefoot?

What about shoes? It is so very important that the footwear you choose is right for you – not just in terms of more or less support and cushioning but also the surface you’ll be running on, and the distances you intend to run. Then there is the ‘way’ you run which is important to […]

Apr 16

Running Injuries – why????

So, you have an injury. Injuries fall into two main categories – an acute injury such as from a fall or specific incident like an ankle sprain, and over use injuries – usually a ‘niggle’ that grows into something more longstanding. We tend to see see acute injuries in people playing sporting games – football, […]