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The recent Swimming Victoria Age State Championships was well supported by the Physiohealth team over the 5 days of intense competition. Our physiotherapists that specialise in management of swimming athletes were on hand to provide all athletes with the latest … Continue reading
by Liz Pattison Hamstring injuries are the most prevalent injury in both amateur and elite soccer players. The hamstring muscle group is made up of three separate muscles: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. The action of the hamstring is two-fold, … Continue reading
by Ebru Efe “When can I play again?” This is often one of the first questions asked by an injured athlete, yet one of the hardest to answer. A number of factors and decisions come into the injury pathway taken … Continue reading
by Elise Elsworth Soccer is the most popular sport in the world (1), yet it carries one of the highest anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury rates (2). The ACL is a ligament in the knee that contributes to knee stability … Continue reading
By Ksaniel Hasanki The term thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) refers to a group of conditions that result from compression of neurovascular structures (nerves and blood vessels) that course from the neck to the axilla (armpit) through the thoracic outlet. The … Continue reading
by Adrienne Ingram What is it? The name suggests that Myositis Ossificans is an inflammatory process of new bone forming inside a muscle. However, it should be taken a little less literally. It has been shown to have little to … Continue reading
by Tom Wills What is Scapular Dyskinesis? Scapular Dyskinesis is the alternation of normal scapular movement and position; ‘Dys’ (alteration of) ‘kinesis’ (motion). Other terms are Scapular Winging and Scapular Dyskinesia (term relating to neurologically controlled factors such as damage … Continue reading
by Symon Lovett Muscle contusions or more colloquially know as a ‘corky’ usually occur in contact sports like football, rugby and soccer. Following a large contact with an opponent, often a knee to the thigh, which causes intense focal pain, … Continue reading
by Dora Pandeloglou Pilates is common form of rehabilitation designed to improve body awareness, strength and flexibility through one’s functional range. It can be used to assist in reducing acute, subacute and chronic pain, in addition to enhancing sporting performance. … Continue reading
by Ashlea Otto Ankle sprains are a common musculoskeletal injury which affect those participating in sport and within the general community (1,2). People experience pain, swelling and poor function, which requires rehabilitation to heal and return to normal activities such … Continue reading
By Emma Hoy What is Pes Anserine bursitis? Pes Anserine bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa located on the inside of the knee, just below the joint line. The Pes Anserinus is the common insertion point for three key … Continue reading
By Lauren Belza Hamstring strains are one of the most common soft tissue injuries. Unfortunately these tears can sideline athletes for 2-6 weeks, depending on the severity and location of the tear. The hamstrings refer to a group of muscles … Continue reading
By Jorden Radliff Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common knee injuries that occur in sport, especially in females with a 2-8x greater risk than males (Hilibrand et al., 2015). With such a substantial time on … Continue reading
By Liz Pattison The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is an important ligament that stabilises your knee joint. The rate of ACL injuries is increasing rapidly in Australia, with 72% of injuries being sport-related. ACL injuries occur most frequently in … Continue reading
By Matthew Camenzuli Flat Feet (or pes valgus) is a common finding in many people, including in children. However, what is the real importance of having a strong arch in your foot, and is it ‘bad’ to have flat feet? … Continue reading
By Alicia Frey Did you know approximately 30% of community dwelling older adults fall every year?1 Falls are also the leading cause of injury related deaths and hospital emergency department visits2. Why do we fall as we get older? The … Continue reading
By David Micallef Technology has become a necessity in today’s fast-paced and dynamic society. Nothing has changed our lives quite like the smart phone. Have a look around you when you are in a waiting room, on the train, waiting … Continue reading
Shin splints is a generic term used to describe pain experienced over the front or inside of the lower leg. The most common presentation of pain in this area is an irritation of the muscles and their attachments to the … Continue reading
By Andrew Lay. Grad Cert Sports Physio, B.Physio (Hons) FAI is a common hip joint condition which typically manifests as pain at the front of the hip and/or groin. It is more common in activities requiring greater hip flexibility such … Continue reading
A summary and explanation of the rationale behind core stability training for acute low back pain. Introduction Low back pain is a common disorder, with 80% percent of the population likely to experience low back pain at some stage (Walker, … Continue reading
Stress fractures are one of the more common sporting injuries, affecting runners more than any other. They develop from an increase in repetitive load on a bone that come from a significant increase or change to training. The most common … Continue reading
By Daniel Zambon B.Sc, D.Physio, APAM The role of the Rotator Cuff and Scapular Stabilisers The shoulder joint refers to the joint between the head of the humerus and the glenoid (part of the scapula) and is known in medicine … Continue reading
By Simon Hearn Recovery from training and competition is a crucial component of the overall program for athletes of all levels. It allows the body to adapt and heal the microtraumas that are caused to the muscles during training and … Continue reading
The knee is the largest joint in the body, and is one of the more common sources of pain. Anterior knee pain is commonly associated with diagnoses such as patellofemoral joint pain, patellar tendinopathies, bursitis or fat pad impingement. When … Continue reading
Hockey is a popular international Olympic sport. In Australia, hockey is played at clubs, schools and indoor centres. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission showed an estimated 200,000 Australians aged 15 years and older play outdoor hockey. Hockey requires great … Continue reading
Wrist pain is quite common in gymnastics when weight bearing activities such as handstands, vaulting, beam and vaulting can place forces of up to 5 x body weight when completing skills. Most commonly the wrist pain is located on the … Continue reading
Being able to do the splits is a common topic among dancers and gymnasts, especially second splits. Second splits are also known as straddle, box and centre splits. Most dancers spend hours and hours stretching and perfecting the technique required … Continue reading
“I have arthritis” is a common saying in the clinic. The word ‘arthritis’ has become a general term that people use for joint pain, and is often surrounded by negative beliefs such that the world is going to crumble upon … Continue reading
Check out James in his latest ad for Aikon watches. He looks like he is shape to win Gold at the upcoming Rio Olympics. We wish him and all the athletes all the best.
Swimming is a popular activity for many people, as it provides a great fitness effect without placing undue stress or load on the body. However the sport does come with its share of injuries, especially those training and competing at … Continue reading
Achilles tendinopathy is a non inflammatory, degenerative tendon injury that is a prevalent injury associated with running and jumping based athlete. This change in the tendon comes from an excessive overload on the tendon that causes a degenerative change. Multiple … Continue reading
Strength training is often ignored as part of a training regime, especially for Triathletes who are already very time and energy poor as they are required to train in not one, but three separate disciplines. Swimming, biking and running all … Continue reading
Sam Sheppard, Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey to compete at 2015 Vic Open Water Championships As the 2015 Open Water Championships and WOW Challenge are steadily approaching, our hosting clubs are looking forward to an exciting day of racing an … Continue reading
Although ankle sprains are statistically the most common sporting injury especially in gymnastics, ankle injuries can differ considerably and each and every ankle sprain can damage different structures leading to different areas of pain, different time frames for length of … Continue reading
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has brokered a deal with FOX SPORTS and ABC TV that will see the Westfield W-League broadcast on both networks for the 2015/16 season in a significant boost for women’s football in Australia. FOX SPORTS and … Continue reading
With the final Rapid Ascent trail race of the season upon us, it is important to make sure you finish the season on a high. Running can place high demands on the body, it can lead to stressed tissues resulting … Continue reading
Image (c) Swimming Australia Australian swimming has a new golden girl in the form of Brisbane backstroker Emily Seebohm who tonight took her world title gold medal tally to three at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan with a … Continue reading
Image (c) Swimming Australia She has been in the shadow of her big sister since she started swimming but tonight it was Bronte Campbell’s turn to shine on the world’s biggest stage when she created family history on a victorious … Continue reading
Image (c) Swimming Australia Australia’s Cam McEvoy has been out-touched for gold by a fingernail in a thrilling 100m freestyle final on the fifth night of action at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. The 21-year-old Gold Coaster claimed the … Continue reading
Image (C) Swimming Australia Young gun Mack Horton showed just how tough a competitor he is to claim a deserved bronze medal in tonight’s 800 metres freestyle final on the fourth night of the FINA World Championships in Kazan. It … Continue reading
Australian backstrokers Emily Seebohm, Mitch Larkin and Madi Wilson ruled the pool on a golden night for the Dolphins at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan tonight. In Australia’s finest single night since the 2005 World titles in Montreal, … Continue reading
This pre activation exercise is especially useful for soccer and footy players. It’s designed to activate your hip muscles and make you aware of your knee position during sideways movements.
Osler demonstrates an exercise for the ankle muscles using a theraband.
Andy from Physiohealth demonstrates how to do an arabesque exercise. This is a great exercise for glute activation and eccentric hamstring loading exercise and is a good exercise to complete after a hamstring strain and kicking sports where weight is … Continue reading
Michael from Physiohealth demonstrates how to strengthen the elbow for Tennis Elbow. Tennis Elbow can be painful so start with a low weight.
Jed from Physiohealth demonstrates an exercise to increase strength of the quadriceps muscle, with particular focus on the VMO muscle. This is an important exercise to train the VMO as the VMO is a major stabiliser in the knee.
Jed from Physiohealth shows the correct execution of a heel raise. This is a commonly prescribed exercise for lower limb injuries, in particular it’s used in the recovery of knee injuries and ankle injuries. Jed takes you through the basic … Continue reading
Michael from Physiohealth demonstrates how to strengthen hamstrings eccentrically. This is an important exercise for those playing soccer and football who do a lot of running and jumping. Using weights is optional but helps with the strengthening. it’s important to … Continue reading
Jed from Physiohealth demonstrates how to correctly execute a bicep curl using a theraband. This is a commonly prescribed exercise by Physios during rehabilitation following a bicep strain or rehabilitation following a procedure such as an elbow reconstruction.
Osler demonstrates how to progress core strength exercises program with a bridging with kicking exercise. This is particularly good for soccer players as we input a kicking movement into this exercise.
Megan demonstrates a swimming specific exercise that works on the retraction of the shoulder as it comes back through (specific to the freestyle stroke). This exercise is designed to strengthen the retractors in a swimming specific position.
Meagan demonstrates a glute activation exercise. This exercise supports the pelvis area while activating the glute at the same time.
Meagan demonstrates how to do a glute strengthening exercise. This exercise works on isolating one particular glute at a time. This is an intermediate exercise perfect for swimmers.
Polly demonstrates a progression for running exercise.
Polly demonstrates the progression of the bridge of Pilates exercises.
Katie demonstrates how to improve hamstring flexibility with a hamstring stretch using a Stretchband.
Poly demonstrates an exercise to work on getting some isolation between the lumbar, pelvis and hip – great for runners and cyclists.
Polly demonstrates a split leg squat and shows the progression to make this exercise more challenging.
Here is an exercise from Physio Health to help increase rotation of their upper back. This is particularly useful for athletes who do sports that only involve one arm.
Here is Polly demonstrating an exercise to get the glutes working.
Jed demonstrates how to correctly execute a wall squat. Wall squats are a commonly prescribed exercise for any lower limb injuries, especially after knee surgery.
Jed demonstrating how to correctly execute a Step Up. Working the Quads, Hamstrings and Glutes.
Gary with the help of Scott demonstrates how to do a crab walk. The crab walk exercise helps build up strength in the Gluteus Medius muscles, the muscles on the side of your hip. These muscles are important in any … Continue reading
Scott from Physio Health demonstrates a stretch to help loosen the hamstring. This stretch helps loosen the nerve that runs down the back and leg.
Scott from Physio Health demonstrates an exercise for the shoulders. This is a great exercise for posture and helps alleviate shoulder pain.
Polly explains and demonstrates how to correctly strap to activate the Glutes. Focusing on Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Maximus.
Polly explains and demonstrates how to strap a Patellar Tendon.
Polly explains and demonstrates how to correctly tape the Patellaofemoral Joint.
Andy demonstrates how to tape the back correctly to improve posture. A lot of people sit at desks all day with poor posture and rounded shoulders. This can have a negative impact ranging from headaches right through to neck, back … Continue reading
Polly explains and demonstrates how to correctly tape for a basic SIJ problem. You normally get pain when you are walking or sitting into an extension, this strapping with help offload the pain you are experiencing.
Cory Prout explains how to do a single leg squat to rehabilitate the patellofemoral joint. It is important when performing this exercise not to go too far down, about a 1/4 squat is enough. When completing the single leg squat … Continue reading
Lucy demonstrates how to stretch the lumbar spine . Stretch 1) Lying flat on you back bring one leg up towards the chest gripping behind the thigh. Once a stretch is felt hold for 30sec. Do NOT push though to … Continue reading
This video demonstrates how to stretch the glutes and ITB using a Foam Roller. Tight Glutes and ITB can cause knee, hip and even lower back pain.
This video demonstrates how to tape an ankle to prevent an acute ankle injury. A lot of ankle injuries occur with the ankle rolling inward & sprain the ligaments on the outside. Key Points: – Use a strong rigid tape … Continue reading
This video demonstrates how to tape a calf and foot for Plantar Fasciitis using Rock Tape. Plantar Fasciitis comes from tight calves and/or altered biomechanics. Key Points: – Round the edges of the tape – Don’t touch the tape to … Continue reading
This video demonstrates how to tape a tight calf using Rock Tape. Key Points: – Round the edges of the tape – Cut the tape into a “Y” so you can tape both heads of the calf – Try not … Continue reading
Physiotherapist Cory Prout explains and demonstrates how perform an exercise to activate the VMO muscle. This muscle is important in stabilising the Patellofemoral joint. Key Points: – Lean against a bench or table – Tuck one heel behind the other … Continue reading
Check out this alternative method Sharbs demonstrates how he likes to do a Heel Lock when strapping an ankle using stretch tape. This method provides a lot more comfort and is less chance to cut into the skin across the … Continue reading
Justin McEvoy explains and demonstrates how to stretch the Latissimus Dorsi (Lats). To perform this particular Lat stretch you just need something to hang on to, like a bar or post. Once you have hold of the bar with one … Continue reading
Justin McEvoy explains how to perform a scapula push up with correct technique. Dora Pandeloglou demonstrates perfect control of her scapula movement while maintaining good activation of her core to ensure she is in the ideal position. There are two … Continue reading
Cory Prout explains and demonstrates one method of strengthening the ankle after a Lateral Sprain. This particular rehab exercise is great for strengthening the peroneus muscle which is on the lateral side of the lower leg. To do this exercise you … Continue reading
Cory Prout explains and demonstates how to effectively strengthen the glute muscles with an exercise that can be done at home (or anywhere really)! All you need is a piece of Theraband (available at Physiohealth) tied into a loop and … Continue reading
Polly Dhar from Physiohealth demonstrates how to tape a Patella using Rocktape. Tips! – Round the end of the tape to prevent it peeling off the skin easily. – Run the tape a few times to stimulate the adhesive prior … Continue reading
Cory Prout demonstrates and explains how to stretch the neck muscles to reduce tension caused by prolonged periods of sitting at a desk. Note: When stretching the Upper Trapezius muscle it is important to do so very gently. Hold each … Continue reading
Shoulder Rehab Exercises (Part 1) Justin McEvoy demonstrates how to perform some basic shoulder rehabilitation exercises such as Scapular Setting, External Rotation and Internal Rotation. All of these exercises should be performed after guidance and instruction from your physio to ensure … Continue reading
Physiotherapist Polly Dhar demonstrates how to perform an Incline Single Leg Squat. This particular exercise is good for ankle and knee rehabilitation. It is important to concentrate on good pelvis alignment and core control throughout this exercise. Important Steps! 1) … Continue reading
Cory Prout demonstrates how to use the Pro-Ice machine. The Pro-Ice Machine is used for acute soft tissue injuries and joint injuries with inflammation. The Pro-Ice machine effectively applies ice and compression to significantly reduce recovery time.
An acute back injury will often present symptoms of inflammation and stiffness. To treat the injury the first step is to minimise the inflammation through using ICE. Tip: When applying ice use a Chux Cloth to between the skin and … Continue reading
Physiotherapist David Morarty explains how the Femoral Nerve affects back tightness, hip and knee pain and demonstrates how to release tightness through the lower back.
Polly Dhar Demonstrates The Star Excursion Test The Star Excursion Test is a clinical test used to assess neuromuscular control of the trunk, pelvis, and lower extremities, for the purpose of injury prevention and rehabilitation. The layout of the test … Continue reading
Key Points: Support your body weight by resting on your forearms Have your heals together and knees straight. If rolling for 10 minutes spend at least 6 minutes on the ‘distal’ 3rd (closer to the knee). Perform small rolling movements … Continue reading
Key Steps: Tape an anchor above the ankle. (not too high) Tape 2-3 Stirrups off the anchor around the bottom of the foot and back to the anchor Tape 2 “Figure of 6’s” in the same direction Tape another 2 … Continue reading