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Recovery – the importance of planning and implementation

In the first blog in this series on recovery we discussed the key concept of the stress recovery balance and how both physical and psychological stressors play a part. In today’s blog we’ll cover something very important – planning and implementing recovery strategies. I think this is essential not only for athletes but for many […]

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Key training concepts: Stress-recovery balance, overreaching and overtraining.

I’m a big fan of simple strategies that can help athletes manage injury or improve performance. We’ve talked recently about the growth in wearable technology for runners and while this can certainly have value there’s a lot to be said about doing the simple things well. One such area is athlete recovery. It’s often neglected […]

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Athlete monitoring for runners – what to monitor and how to do it

Our recent posts have talked about assessing capacity and building performance through targeted rehab and appropriate training. Today we talk about the how to monitor athletes as they progress their training to reduce risk of injury and optimise outcome. In a nutshell it’s about helping athletes listen to their body and act on what it’s trying […]

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Assessing runners – capacity and performance tests

Today’s blog is the first in a series examining running rehab, performance and athlete monitoring. The aim is to provide useful tools for therapists in clinic to help get runners back on track. It’s important with athletes to try and find the ‘sweet spot’ when it comes to exercise; not too little which may lead […]

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Training error and load management, are we missing something key?

Today we’re joined on the blog by Dale Forsdyke who’s kindly shared his considerable wisdom on pyschosocial factors in sport. Dale is a prominent researcher and practitioner in this field and published an excellent systematic review on the topic (Forsdyke et al. 2016). He’s also Head of Science & Medicine in elite female football and […]

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Exercises for Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (AKA ‘Shin Splints’)

It’s easy to talk generally with rehab, ‘strengthen x,y and z’, improve movement control etc but we don’t often expand on what exactly this means. Today’s blog is a brief look at an exercise programme I used recently for a patient with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome and what my thinking was behind it. The patient, […]

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