Injury Prevention

Do you surf? Do you know what movement patterns surfing involves and what the most common injuries are in surfing? Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Margaret Plag, does.   If you surf, you already know that it is an amazing sport and have experienced its positive effects on physical and psychological wellbeing. Most surfers I speak to want to surf as much as possible and have longevity in the sport. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I know that to attain this, it is important to understand the movement patterns your body goes through whilst surfing, and what the common injuries are in order to try...

The warmer months are upon us and that means we are more likely to get out there and exercise. The right combination of weight training, sleep, good food and body awareness can help you dodge injury this summer!   Winter has well and truly come to a close, and for many Australians, this spells the beginning of a new season of outdoor sport and physical activity (such as cricket, swimming, triathlons or fun runs). Unfortunately for many, participation in these activities can be hampered by injury, resulting in weeks to months of recovery. However, with the right training and recovery, you can significantly...

Fast-track your return to sport or other activity, by being proactive with your injury recovery.   When a soft tissue structure becomes injured, this usually results in omission from activity until such time that the injured muscle, tendon or ligament has recovered. However, this does not mean that you need to be totally inactive.   It is still common for GPs to refer patients to complete rest with the use of paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, with the assistance of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you can fast-track your return to sport or other activity, by being proactive with your recovery. The following tips will...

  Let is snow, let is snow, let it snow. Find out how to increase your ski fitness and come out of the season injury-free!   While the temperature is dropping, cars are frosting over and the heaters are getting turned up, skiiers everywhere are rejoicing at the prospect of a good snowfall. It’s estimated that 200 million people worldwide hit the slopes annually. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned ski bunny, skiing certainly can take its toll on the body. Read on to discover how you can increase your ski fitness and come out of the season injury-free!   What’s up...

Winter is around the corner, and with winter comes the inevitable susceptibility to the dreaded lurgy; cold and flu like symptoms. We know that when we are sick we should rest, but we also know that we really, really want to keep our exercise routine sizzling. So can we exercise whilst battling the sniffles? The answer is yes, and no. Generally if your symptoms are above the neck then it is okay to exercise:  Sore throat Sneezing Blocked nose Headaches* * If you have a headache, it is usually okay to exercise as exercise is used as a treatment method in patients with...

As our training volume and intensity increases our need for adequate recovery becomes more and more important.   Our body is a wonderful thing, capable of kicking so much ass, but at times it can also let us down. As our training volume and intensity increases our need for adequate recovery becomes more and more important, at times our training far outweighs our recovery and subsequently we start to get banged up; sore hips, knees and shoulders in particular. If you’re anything like me you can’t help but to do something! Here’s are few alternative exercises for when you’re feeling a bit...

The What, How and Why. Prevent yourself from suffering a lifetime of hamstring problems.   A hamstring strain can be defined as “any physical complaint affecting the back of the upper leg”, and are one of the most common injuries of the lower limb in both elite and recreational athletes (Van der Horst et al, 2013). They are one of the most common muscle injuries for many elite and recreational athletes, causing pain, loss of movement and time away from participation in sport.   Why is hamstring strain the ‘dreaded’ injury? Hamstring strains can occur as a result of high speed running, kicking maneuvers and...