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Articles by Kristy Edwards

Common summer injuries and pre-season prevention

Summer is almost here! With the warmer weather approaching our motivation and activity levels are peaking, but unfortunately with an increase in activity can come an increase in injury prevalence. Due to the types of sports and activities, people tend to participate in over the warmer months, there is a trend in the types of […]

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Exercise for Optimal Health

What is exercise? Physical activity and exercise are both terms that are often used interchangeably, but at a closer look have quite different meanings. Physical activity is a broad term used to describe incidental activity that required any bodily movement produced by contracting muscles. Exercise is a type of physical activity requiring planned, structured and […]

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The What, Why & How of Diaphragm Breathing

The importance of correct breathing both during exercise and during our daily lives is often underestimated. More often then not, people present breathing in incorrect patterns that can be impeding on their progress. What is it? Patients have a tendency to keep their abdominals sucked in tight to make it look smaller, however, this forces […]

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What You Don’t Know About Headaches

Evidence shows that headaches reduce an individuals work capacity, social interaction and quality of life. However, many headache sufferers do not seek, nor receive the treatment they need as they are unaware of the help available. What causes headaches? Headaches can present in various ways and behave differently for many reasons. Not all headaches are […]

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Learning to Run

We all want to be able to run faster or further and most people focus on this in their training while ignoring their technique. Few runners ever schedule time to practice and improve their technique. Running is rarely thought of as a learned skill. However, just because you can run, this doesn’t necessarily make your […]

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Return to Running Post Pregnancy

1. Consider what exercise you did before and during pregnancy It will be easier for someone to return to running if they always ran prior to pregnancy and did some running during their pregnancy, compared to someone has never run before. 2. Do your pelvic floor exercises The pelvic floor consists of muscles and ligaments […]

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Reducing Your Risk of Sports Related Injuries

Here are 4 tips to reduce your chances of injury while training or playing a sport this year. 1. Manage the load Load refers to the volume or intensity of the stress that we put on our body. Many sports injuries could be prevented by better controlling the load placed on our body. One of […]

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Common Injury – Sprained Ankles

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see as physios. With the start of winter approaching, we see netballers, basketballs, soccer players and footballers all coming in with ankle injuries. The uneven grass tracks and fields and agility involved in these sports provide the perfect conditions for a common ankle sprain. The […]

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Tendon troubles?

What is a tendon? A tendon is a band of fibrous connective tissue that connects a muscle to the bone. These structures are designed to withstand tensile loads, however, if they are exposed to excessive loading or repetitive training with poor biomechanics, a tendinopathy may develop. What is a tendinopathy? A tendinopathy is a disruption to the normal […]

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ITB Syndrome: a common cause of knee pain

What is ITB Syndrome? ITB syndrome (ITBS) is the second most common overuse knee pain amongst athletes, affecting up to 12% of all runners and 15% of all cyclists. ITBS initially presents as a local sharp pain on the outside of the knee when doing activity. However, if it is not addressed early the pain can […]

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