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Ep.21: Athletic Amenorrhea Tina Muir

Tina Muir talks to us about Athletic Amenorrhea, a condition caused by overtraining in which menstruation becomes irregular or totally ceases. Many female athletes either regard it as a normal part of becoming the best or suffer in silence.

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Plantar Fasciitis: What Can I Do?

“I’ve started getting a dull achy pain in the sole of my foot and back towards my heel. It doesn’t hurt all the time but bothers me when I run and walk sometimes. I know that I have a tight calf in that leg and have to wear high heels for work. What should I do?”

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Warm Up: Should I Stretch?

“I always stretch before my runs but a friend told me the other day that I shouldn’t bother as it can make you run slower? Should I stop or could this increase risk of injury? My calves are always tight so I am worried.”

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Brace or Kinesio Tape: Which?

“I’m having knee problems at the moment and have had to stop running. My physio has given me a knee brace to wear, but my trainer says I shouldn’t wear it and instead use kinesio tape. I’m really confused.”

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ITB Syndrome: How To Recover?

“I’ve been told I’ve got ITB syndrome and have had to pull out of the marathon I was training for. I’ve only been running since last November and I only got my longest run to around 12 miles and then the outside of my knee got very painful and I couldn’t run anymore. It’s really hilly where I live and I wondered if that might have something to do with it?”

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Foam Rolling: What does it do?

“Everybody seems to be raving about foam rolling, but is it really worth doing? I don’t mind causing myself pain if it’s going to help but it does sometimes make me question whether I am hurting myself for nothing!”

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Heel Striking: Root Of All Evil

Many runners I see in clinic are still being told by shoe shop staff, personal trainers or other therapists that the ‘reason they are in pain’ or ‘the way to become a better runner’ is to change their heel strike to a midfoot or forefoot strike Unfortunately, advice like this can cause injury.

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3D Running Gait Analysis

Once something that only an elite runner would ever see, Video Gait Analysis has today reached new technological levels and is used by many in the hope of reducing injury & increasing performance. Just how useful is it?

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Stop Trying To Get Fixed

For runners struggling with pain or injury, it can often be confusing as to what type of health professional to visit. In a previous article we considered the difference between a sports therapist, physiotherapist, osteopath and chiropractor but experience shows that at the end most of us do not care what the therapist has studied, as long as they can fix us. And here lies the problem. The belief that the human body can be ‘fixed’ by a therapist’s hands is probably one of the main reasons that so many runners struggle with delayed recovery or re-injury.

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Guide To Plyometric Exercise

Ever heard of the term ‘plyometric’? Some of you may already know it as a term used to describe explosive, jumping type exercises e.g. squat jumps, skaters, clapping press ups, etc. They tend to be a popular addition to boot camp style circuit training because as anyone who has done them will testify, they can be particularly tiring if not soul destroying. The fact is, research does plyometric exercise can be a significant factor in reducing risk of running related injury, so we best take a look…

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Half Marathon Preparation

Half marathon preparation may be for 13.1 miles instead of 26.2, but it’s still just as important to reduce risk of injury and make to race day ready for am awesome performance. Let’s look at some of the most important elements of preparation and ways in which we can help you!

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LOWER LEG EXERCISES

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HAMS, GLUTES & QUADS

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CORE & FRONT OF HIP

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DYNAMIC WARM UP

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ASSESSMENT & DRILLS

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Podcast Host

Matt Phillips is a Running Injury & Performance Specialist based in Sussex, England. As a writer for numerous publications & websites, he has spoken at international conferences and is a lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology. For enquiries & bookings, please use the contact form.

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