What is the best way to warm up before running?

A great topic for new and experienced runners. When I ask clients what their running warm-up routine is most of them reply with, ‘I know I should probably stretch more’. One of the first blog posts I wrote talked about static stretching and it’s inability to reduce injury risk. The evidence shows no improvement in […]

Is resting really the best thing for my injury?

This may seem on the contrary to the beliefs of most, but complete rest is rarely the solution for optimal recovery. In fact, rest could potentially make your injury worst! So let’s learn why staying active is so important and which option is best for your injury. Complete rest & running injuries When you experience […]

What are the best cross-training tips when injured?

Injured runners just want to keep running, and certain circumstances will permit running. But did you know you will recover faster if you learnt how to implement some cross-training into your recovery plan? This is because it is often unhelpful to completely rest when injured. Plus, if it is done correctly, it has the added […]

What is the best treatment for achilles pain?

For this blog we review the latest in achilles pain treatment. In particular, a recent article titled ‘Achilles Pain, Stiffness, and Muscle Power Deficits: Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy Revision 2018’. This research complies all the treatment methods available and grades them from A (most effective & research-backed) to D (ineffective or no research found). So let’s […]

When is it dangerous to use wearable technology?

Wearable technology like Garmin trackers, strava, heart-rate monitors and the nike run app to name a few have been recording our data for years but are they helpful? Most of you will agree that runners will fall on a spectrum between ‘valuable’ and ‘detrimental’ when using wearable technologies. The research has already shown that certain […]

The reasons why stretching will not help your muscle tightness

Muscle tightness is a common situation for runners. They stretch and foam roll, which MIGHT offer short term relief but quickly returns after the next run. With runners desperate for an explanation and a solution, I thought I would share my thoughts. The muscle tightness ‘perception’ Firstly, it is in my opinion that the ‘perception’ […]

How to become an anti-fragile runner

This idea came from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book ‘Anti-fragile’ and I thought I would ask the question and spark some self-reflection. It has been discussed for a long time between experienced clinical professionals and coaches, that: There are some runners who seem to always get injured and some who can grind themselves to the ground […]

How To Mentally Set Up Your Road To Recovery

When you are injured with the goal to get back to pain-free running, you often expect recovery to continuously progress without major disruptions. For example on a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, you have your map, expected time of arrival and your trusty car. However, just like this road trip, your recovery might present […]

Why is my heel pain not getting better?

What is plantar heel pain? Plantar heel pain is an umbrella term consisting of several pain sources around the heel. Most commonly plantar fasciitis however, this condition may be over-diagnosed. So for today’s post I thought I would shed some light on some other causes or potential co-existing conditions that may be hinder your recovery. […]

How to transition to a minimalist shoe

There are many reasons why you may want to transition to a minimalist shoe. For instance, you might be caught up in the barefoot movement, you may want to strengthen your feet & improve function, or you have read that lighter shoes help running economy. Yes, lighter shoes can help performance and running economy but […]