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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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Static alignment in runners, are we moving forward by standing still?

I spent much of my university years staring at people in their pants. It was a big part of our course and we’d spend hours picking over static alignment and deliberating over minor postural differences. For many clinicians it still represents a big part of their assessment but with so many things we could assess […]

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Balancing training load and tissue capacity

A key concept in preventing and managing running injuries is understanding the balance between training load and your capacity to handle that load. In a nutshell it’s a case of working within your limits and not pushing your training beyond what your body can cope with. Today we look at finding the balance and some […]

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