Entries by Brodie Sharpe

Is there a link between my personality & injury?

Runners are classically the type A personality consisting of common traits. For instance, self-motivation, internal drive & competitiveness. All these traits shine a positive light on personal ambition, race preparation and a physically active lifestyle. However, do these traits have negative associations? For example, if the vast majority of running injuries are due to training […]

When can new mums can return back to running

Firstly, thank you to the authors Tom Goom, Gráinne Donnelly and Emma Brockwell for publishing the new post partum running guidelines. For more information I will include the link here. It is often a concern for new mums, they love running but also want to respect the healing process. But how is a new mum […]

Can I Become A Better Runner, Only Using A Treadmill?

Treadmill running. You love it or you hate it. For some runners it can be very appealing come winter. But can we substitute outdoor training for the comfort of an indoor treadmill? Does a treadmill running change your technique? When it comes to your movement and joint angles there is conflicting evidence. Some studies will […]

How To Run Free Of Achilles Pain

Recurring achilles pain can be common, particularly in masters runners. So, this blog is designed to be your guide. To see if there is anything within your routine you can change to lower your risk of another flare-up. Avoid acute spikes in training load The majority of running-related injuries are due to spikes in load, […]

Do I Need Orthotics To Help My Running?

We all know the marketing poster in shoe stores. It shows a person standing still while highlighting their poor foot posture. Then, a side-by-side comparison of the whole body magically aligned when provided with orthotics to wear. This is marketing brilliance and sells the concept very well but does the claim for orthotics for running […]

Stress fractures: A warning to all runners

Stress fractures are a runner’s worst nightmare because they are often mis-diagnosed and once accurately identified, treatment is often no running and even crutches. This is extremely frustrating and requires the amount of patience that is rare in the running populations. So what do we need to know about stress fractures? It is worth mentioning […]

Tendon pain: The top 3 tips all runners should know

This will help you with the prevention and management of most lower limb tendinopathies including plantar fasciitis, achilles, high hamstring, patella and hip tendinopathies. This is because lower limb tendons respond in a similar fashion to load and training errors. So here are the top 3 tips when dealing with tendon pain. Tip #1: Tendon […]

5 simple ways to help you run faster without injury

I must start with a warning because trying to run faster without guidance can lead to significant spikes in training load. So, be gradual and follow the next 5 tips with a sensible attitude. With that said, here are my 5 tips to help improve your running speed. Run faster tip #1: Build a bigger […]

Uncovering The Truth About Shin Splints

What is Shin Splints? More accurately termed ‘medial tibial stress syndrome’ shin splints is repetitive trauma cause by either: Muscles pulling on the shin bone: Because the deep muscles of the calf (the soleus) attach onto the shin and produce a powerful force when running. Then this calf muscle could be capable of generating enough […]

Do I need strong feet for running?

Feet are often a neglected piece of the running puzzle. That is because they often hide away and are compensated by footwear. But how important is it to have strong feet for running? Does it reduce risk of injury? Let’s see what the evidence says. The Foot Core System An article published in 2014 introduced […]