Overuse injuries

Think before you run!

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Back in 2016, scientists announced that gravitational waves had finally been detected – exactly as predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, published in 1915. How this will change the future for the man in the street is far from clear, but it almost certainly will, and who cannot be excited about the possibility of... MORE

Running injury: get back to where you once belonged!

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One of the hardest things about picking up a running injury is knowing when you’re ready to return to running. Tracy Ward looks at strategies you can use such as self-assessment, gait analysis, and also provides a running-specific strength training programme. Runners typically have some of the highest injury rates of all athletes; the yearly... MORE

Adaptation and injury: why timing is everything

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This article explores the relationship between high training volumes and running injury explaining why some adaptations take longer than others, and the implications for skeletal health. It also provides practical advice on form, technique and recovery for minimising injury risk MORE

Foot pain: does your foot anatomy affect your injury...

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Foot structure and injury rates Does the structure of your foot affect your injury rate? There’s been considerable confusion concerning the effects of foot structure on injury rates. Some researchers – and large numbers of people in the population at large – believe that individuals with low-arched feet have weak foot structures and are more... MORE

Sports injuries benefits

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You may not appreciate it at the time, but an injury can teach you a lot about how your body works In this article I want to discuss the idea that an injury, if it is treated and acted on in the right way, can actually be a gift to a sportsperson. Some of you... MORE

Shin splints treatment and shin splints exercise for athletes

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The casual phrase ‘shin splints’ can really disguise a number of different complaints per week. Today, though, leg injuries are common in a variety of different sports. What shin splints are – or aren’t Here’ s a conversation I can still recall from my school days. A fellow miler from the track team approached me... MORE

Sports injury avoidance

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Like most athletes, you undoubtedly want to lower your chances of incurring an injury while participating in your favourite sport. Injuries decrease the amount of time you can spend in leisure activities, lower your fitness, downgrade competitive performances, and can lead to long-term health problems such as arthritis and/or joint stiffness. But are there general... MORE

Shin pain case study

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Veteran runner with shin pain A 42-year-old male runner came to the Sports Injury Centre; he presented with a one-year history of chronic anterior shin pain when running. He had managed his condition with relative rest and anti-inflammatory cream when acute, and usually returned to running within a few weeks, but was never pain-free. Over... MORE

Stress fracture

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One in ten of all sports injuries is a stress fracture. Here’s how to break the pattern. Stress fractures are partial or complete fractures of bone, often called fatigue fractures since they are caused by repetitive strain during sub-maximal activity. They result from the inability of the bone to react favourably to the stress imposed.... MORE

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