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Have I Done My Hammy? – A Guide to Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains are the most common muscle strain in athletes and are most evident in sports that require high running, speed and power demands. The hamstrings are very powerful and require a lot of eccentric contraction to slow the leg/control it when we run. Most patients report a sudden sharp pain when they tear a hamstring. Some are able to continue with the activity they are doing while others are …Read More

Muscle Contusions

How do muscle contusions occur? Muscle contusions, also known as “corkies”, are the result of a direct force to the muscle. In sport, this generally occurs from collision with an opposition player. However, muscle contusions can occur outside of a sporting environment e.g. after a fall or collision with an object such as a table. The most common site of muscle contusion is the front of the thigh and quadriceps …Read More

Hip Impingement

What is Hip Impingement? Hip Impingement or Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) is a condition of the hip where additional bone is present on joint surfaces. This additional bone is known as a CAM or pincer lesion and can cause joint impingement with certain movements, such as deep squatting. Around 20% of the population have FAI but only 23% of these people complain of hip pain. Hip Anatomy Risk Factors Current …Read More

Ankle Sprains

What is an ankle sprain? Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries. A sprain can be defined as the tearing of one or more ligaments in the ankle. Most ankle sprains are likely to affect the lateral ligaments (around 80% of sprains) of which the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) is most common. Following a sprain the ankle joint may become unstable and will take some time to …Read More

Dynamic or Static Stretching? Which is best?

There has been an ongoing debate over the last decade as to what is the best type of stretching for sports performance and injury prevention: dynamic or static stretching? A definition of both dynamic and static stretching is required to answer this question: Sports Performance A recent review of the current research pertaining to pre-exercise static stretching by Simic et al (2013) found that static stretching prior to exercise can …Read More

How much can I increase running distance per week and still limit my injuries?

It has often been suggested that the 10% rule was the best amount to increase running distance. But this has been more based on clinical experience then research. A recent research paper published in the October edition of Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy attempted to shed light on this topic. They completed a one-year study into 874 novice runners and looked at what was the safe amount of …Read More

Shin Splints: What is it and how can it be treated?

Shin splints is one of the most common reasons for exercise-induced leg pain. The incidence is as high as 6-16% of all running injuries. With summer right around the corner further awareness of the possible causes of your leg pain is essential in effective management and prevention. Shin splints, as it is most commonly called, refers to pain on the inside of the shin bone. It does not imply a …Read More

5 Tips for Running Injury Free

With the arrival of Spring and some warmer weather more of us may be encouraged to venture outdoors to exercise. For most of us this may include running. Whether you are new to running or a well season runner follow theses tips from our physio Justin Merlino to help prevent common injuries associated with running and to keep yourself running injury free. 1. Effective Warm Up There is some speculation …Read More