Tag Archives: Strength Training

Lumbar Sprain and Strain

What is it? Muscular or ligamentous injuries to the lumbar spine can cause significant pain and or disability in the individual which could lead to pain in the legs. Understanding the extent of tissue damage depends on the grade to which damage has occurred. Grade 1: can take approximately 7days to 4 weeks for full […]

Rotator Cuff Strain

What is It? A rotator cuff strain is a sudden traumatic injury to one or a combination of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis muscles and or tendons. prior history of impingement syndrome may be present, and can often be difficult to diagnose. injury to the rotator cuff musculature, typically follows a traumatic incident, […]

Can the inclusion of a plyometric training program improve performance in middle to long distance runners?

The importance for runners to achieve their personal best, whether this be in a quicker time or longer duration, how they get there has always led to much debate between runners, coaches and health professionals. The inclusion of strength training programs has been met with much resistance in the running community, with many runners fearing […]

Core exercises

A strong core is essential to optimal performance and the reduction of injury. Attached is a beginners program to strengthen the core. Core training program

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: Common Cause of Shin Pain What is it? Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), commonly referred to as “shin splints” has received a lot of attention within the literature, often found to be a difficult condition to manage. Shin Splints is a term which has been used to encompass all causes of […]

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis What is it? The plantar fascia is a broad band of connective tissue, which not only supports the arch of the foot, but also plays an important role in normal foot biomechanics. The fascia is designed to support the longitudinal arch of the foot. It attaches at the base of the heel bone […]

Calf Strains

Calf Strains What is it? The calf muscle is part of a group of muscles called the triceps surae, which includes the gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris muscle. The gastrocnemius has 2 heads and acts on the knee and ankle joint, the deeper soleus acts only on the ankle. The triceps surae group share a common […]

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome What is it? The iliotibial band (ITB) is a thickening of the fascia that envelops the thigh, it acts as a lateral stabiliser of the knee and is an extension of the tensor fascia late and gluteus maximus muscles, which then travels down the outside of the thigh to insert into […]

Knee Pain in Runners: Are more proximal structures to blame?

Two of the most common injuries to present to the sports injury clinic in runners are iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS) and Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) (Brukner and Khan 2007 and Ellis, Hing and Reid 2006).  ITBFS is characterized by pain and tenderness on the lateral aspect of the knee, which is usually due to […]