The nights are getting cooler and that means Fun Run Season is upon us. For those dusting off the running shoes that means one thing, tired sore aching bodies and limbs after the first training run. With everything that sports science has to offer and no end of gimmicks on the market why is it that so many over us complain of severe muscle soreness (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness DOMS) after increased exercise? Having completed a couple of marathons I’ve had plenty of time to contemplate this question. Unfortunately, for the most part the answer has eluded me. It’s time to see if science can answer the question “How can I stop or at least minimise DOMS?”
Physiotherapists will commonly be asked “When is my child safe enough to start gym based exercise”
This is a trending concern; that exposing adolescents to gym based resistance exercise can expose them to unnecessary injury risk. You personally may have found yourself at this crossroad when your son’s coach suggested he could take their game to the next level by introducing some resistance exercises, or perhaps have been hesitant when your daughter asked if she could join you at your local gym for your weekly workout. Are there truly any benefits, and do they outweigh the risks?
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylalgia is a very painful and debilitating condition. As many would know, it occurs commonly throughout the population and even to those who don’t play tennis. The effects can mean severe disruption to work and recreational activities. A third of people with tennis elbow will have the pain for longer than a year. Meaning the right treatment approach is crucial to helping those with elbow pain enjoy their normal activities. One size fits all is not always the answer (Coombes, Bisset, & Vicenzino, 2015).
With summer now over the fun runs around Perth are about to get into full swing. No doubt plenty of weekend runners will be dusting off the running shoes and looking to get into some serious training for the big event. Some will be doing their first fun run, whilst others will be seasoned competitors looking for a personal best.
The increase in numbers of people competing in triathlons, fun runs and cycling events grows each year and has also led to the inevitable question. Are we doing ourselves more harm than good by entering these endurance events? With several high profile deaths being reported in the media in the last few years I thought it would be worth visiting this question from a scientific perspective.
Podiatrists, Benjamin Hodgetts and Michael Taranto join the Sports Med Murdoch team as of next week. They will specialise in lower limb sports medicine, the rehabilitation of lower limb injuries; ankle injuries, muscle strains and tears, knee pain/ injuries, hip instability and lower back pain through lower limb alignment and barefoot strengthening that may be affecting your whole-body's functionality.