Posts by Jamie

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition where the ligament tissue that runs along the sole of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed. Mostly commonly an overuse injury, especially in sports where repetitive loading is put through the foot and ankle. The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber through the foot allowing movement through the metatarsal,…

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Running Negative Splits: Run Slower To Be Faster

How does running slower mean running faster? That’s the idea behind running negative splits, it doesn’t necessarily mean starting off slow, the key is to finish fast, or at least faster. Eluid Kipchoge broke the marathon world record in Berlin using negative splits, his second 13 miles were over 30 seconds faster than his first…

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome: A real pain in the knee!

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is often felt as a pain on the lateral aspect (outside) of the knee. It is a classic overuse injury due to repetitive flexion and extension of the knee, although there are several other factors that can lead to ITBS. During ITBS the band of connective tissue becomes irritated and inflamed…

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Sciatica: Tingling legs and Numb Bum

Sciatica is the generic term used to describe an irritation down the Sciatic nerve. Sciatica itself is not a condition, rather a symptom, so it is important to understand the anatomy of the nerve of what the cause is to effectively treat it. Commonly thought as a lower back problem it should not be confused…

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Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain, often felt most when trying to raise and rotate your arm. Often shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tendonitis comes about because of overuse in the shoulder, therefore athletes or individuals who repeatedly use the shoulder joint (especially for overhead or rotation movements) are more likely to…

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Muscle fibre types: What does it all mean?

Fast twitch, slow twitch, fast glycolytic, type I, Type II, Type IIB, Red fibres, white fibres. Why isn’t a muscle just muscle? To understand how and why a muscle works, its first important to understand the biological make up of a muscle; Bear with me it’s not as scientific as it sounds.   Anatomy of…

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The Energy Systems for Endurance Athletes

The feeling of taking your body to its limits during endurance events is a love hate relationship for an athlete. Yes, it is very painful, yes you might feel a little bit sick and yes, your heart is pounding out of your chest but for some reason athletes love it and finding themselves craving more! But what defines these limits and why…

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What actually happens when we start exercising?

The human body has the most amazing ability to adapt both acutely and chronically, this article takes a closer look at what happens when we begin to exercise and why we get better after continuous endurance activity. Understanding this can help with your training, race preparation and motivation. Adenosine Triphosphate The very first thing that…

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Are you recovering Sufficiently?

Doing nothing, or the fear of doing nothing is often an athlete’s biggest downfall. A common perception within athletes is that training makes you better, now of course this is true however the fitness and performance benefits are only actually seen during rest periods and recovery. Great training can only be effective if it is…

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