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14 Oct 2018

Stress Fractures in Runners
Blog by Mike Stewart Physiotherapist

Stress fractures can be a common injury in athletes especially runners. A stress fracture is a micro fracture in the bone as a result of repetitive loading. There is a fine balance between fatigue damage and the remodelling response of bone. Marked increases in activity may lead...

1 Sep 2017

Most of us will experience a soft tissue injury (sprain or strain) at some time. How well we manage that injury in the early stages will often determine the extent of the injury and time required for recovery.

Let’s consider the case of Bob. Bob recently got hit in the thigh by a fast moving cricket ball. He immediately experienced  excruciating...

31 Aug 2017

Spring has sprung and it’s the time of year where the masses head to their gardens.  Most of us perceive gardening to be a relatively gentle activity.  However danger may lurk behind every bush and in every bed.

The reality is that at the first sight of blossom most of us get a rush of blood to the head.  We get into our gardens like there i...

31 Aug 2017

Balance - the ability of our body to maintain equilibrium when we stand, walk or perform our daily activities.  As ‘toddlers’ we toddled as our growing bodies developed the pathways that today enable us to balance.  We unconsciously do it all of the time but at some stages of our lives it is harder to achieve and maintain balance. 

Athl...

31 Aug 2017

The winter sports season is almost upon us, and brings with it the risks associated with contact sports. The issue of concussion has again been highlighted in the media particularly regarding the possible long term consequences of traumatic brain injury and concussion. Concussion is a serious injury and occurs frequently. 

ACC data (which can be...

31 Aug 2017

As in the fairy tale, the same shoe does not fit all feet. Shoe size is of course critical, but there are a number of other factors that need to be considered when purchasing shoes. In this article I will discuss the function of the foot, problems that may occur, and how choosing the right type of shoe can make all the difference to normal foot...

31 Aug 2017

It’s the time of year when many of you are hitting the pavements or the treadmill at the gym in order to get some much needed fitness for the coming winter sports season.

This rush of enthusiasm means that you may push yourself too hard, too quickly and end up with aches and pains that just don’t seem to settle. It might be pain in the Achilles t...

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