Injury Prevention Tag

Long distance running, and marathons in particular, are a sport that requires significant training time, especially to be able to run the full 42km.   A periodic exercise program designed by an Accredited Exercise Professional is the best way to ensure you're gradually building up your long distance running and marathon fitness, safely, and minimise the risk of injury. As a long distance runner the human body is required to utilize all muscles, joints, heart and lungs over what could be up to several hours, to complete the required distance. Marathons are usually performed at a slower pace and is therefore classified as...

Training the neck is a very underutilized aspect of training and is lacking in most programming. For anyone involved in contact and collision sports, such as boxing and football, training the neck should be an integral part of their training programs. For many sports neck strength should be strong in all directions such as martial arts, football and hockey. For example in boxing when someone is copping a left hook to the nose we need eccentric neck flexion strength to absorb the neck extension forces. Training the neck for strength and stability can help prevent injuries.   A thick strong neck is vital for...

Warm-ups: the boring part of training and game day, what’s all the fuss about?   Have you ever wondered why your class instructor, trainer or coach places a large emphasis on pre-habilitation work before you push and pull heavy weights in the gym? Most likely it is because they don’t want injuries to occur. It may seem like an old testament you hear from trainers: “Ok, so we are going to start with some mobility work, neural prep, activate the glutes, shoulders, work on some thoracic spine mobility and get the body warm before we get into your strength and conditioning work”. After playing soccer...

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...

  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...