How to prevent running injuries part 3- the real causes unknown to most runners

We have previously discussed the intrinsic and extrinsic factors responsible for most running injuries. A quick refresher may be found here. The human body is an amazing creation, and the more clinical experience I gain as a Physiotherapist the more amazed I am about it’s inner workings. You may be surprised to know that the…

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How to prevent running injuries – part 2

In a previous post (How to prevent running injuries-part 1), we discussed the factors that contribute to running injuries, and divided these into 2 main categories: 1. Extrinsic factors 2. Intrinsic factors In part 1 we looked at extrinsic factors, so now we will focus on intrinsic factors that contribute to running injuries. Intrinsic Factors…

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How to prevent running injuries- part 1

Most people who run understand that running can be hard on the body. It is weight bearing activity, and so all the lower limb joints and muscles experience some degree of loading with each stride as you land. Muscles are required to work eccentrically(lengthening as they contract to control impact), and then work concentrically(shortening as…

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7 Best Strengthening Exercises for Runners

Strength training has been proven to be very effective in improving running performance and reducing the risk of injuries. There are specific muscles that are important in running, and building strength in these will certainly help your running. Here’s a short video I’ve made of 7 of the best home based exercises… you won’t need…

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Intensity revisited

  The concept of running intensity was introduced in a previous article on Volume, Intensity and Frequency, and I would like to explore training intensity in more detail. If you are not having any specific coaching as a runner, you may not be sure about how hard you need to train to achieve your goals,…

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Running 101: volume, frequency and intensity explained.

Volume, frequency and intensity…these are the fundamental elements of any training program, and apply across virtually any competitive sport or training regime. Get the mix wrong, and you will likely compromise your results and performance…. and increase the chance of injury and or burnout! Get the mix right, and you will enjoy great performances, consistent…

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Strength Training- does it improve your running?

Many runners I speak with seem to be unsure about the value of strength training for running. There is a common misconception that it can slow you down, as big bulky muscles are not desirable for running. This is definitely true for the upper body, but the topic needs further explanation wen you are referring…

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Heading 1   Do you think you have to spend countless hours every week logging up the kilometres, or follow exhaustive training programs to improve your running? Well, you don’t, and all of the above is achievable no matter what age you are, or what your ability is! In fact, if you are running no…

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