Here at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy we see around 1-2 clients with a stress fracture per week. This may not seem like a lot, however it is a common overuse injury. We see this injury in distance runners, and athletes who participate in running or jumping sports such as netball, basketball and tennis. Quite often, this injury goes undiagnosed, and further injury can occur. [Read more…]
Become a better runner with my top 13 tips! I’ve got you covered with training, racing, running technique and race recovery tips to help you become a better runner.
1. Become a Better Runner and Look After Your Feet!
Are you tired of running the same roads? How many times have you already run the bridge to bridge this year? Have you ever thought of giving trail running a go? Trail running is becoming increasingly popular in Canberra. The freedom of being out in the wilderness is something to drive your focus and training goals, whilst also having fun! Let’s run through some reasons why trail running may become your favourite way of keeping fit this year. [Read more…]
Do you find it hard knowing which are the best running shoes for you? Incorrect running shoes are a very common contributor to many injuries that we see at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy and Your Podiatry Canberra. Be they too old and worn out or just the wrong type of shoe for your foot, too many of us are wearing the wrong footwear! Many shoe stores have not enough knowledge or training to properly identify your foot type and the correct running shoes for you. Even specialty stores can have inexperienced staff and, although they talk the talk, you can leave the store with the wrong pair of running shoes. This is why I want you to know what to look for.
Over the last several years there has been a considerable push towards forefoot running or the “barefoot running” technique. In this article we’ll refer to it as forefoot strike vs heel strike. Among my clientele of devout runners I have seen multiple injuries related to attempting to convert to minimalist shoes. I would often ask why they wanted to become forefoot runners suddenly instead of sticking to their natural running pattern. The response is something like, “because it’s better isn’t it?”. So, is it better? Let’s look at the evidence.
Now when I say evidence, we’re talking about published articles in scientific journals. Not from my neighbor, who runs a lot and told me to run this way because it has really helped his 5km parkrun time. However the evidence only goes so far. We will have to make some judgement of our own until further studies are performed. [Read more…]