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Sports Massage as a Part of your Triathlon Training Program

Triathlon is an extremely demanding sport. Having just returned from the French training base of the Australian Triathlon team where she worked as the team physiotherapist and massage therapist Julia Russell witnessed first hand the volume and intensity of work that is required to be competitive at the top level. Even for those of us not competing at the elite level Julia is always amazed at the amount of work people manage to fit in around their professional and family lives.

Injured? Then Fix Your Muscle Tissue Health!

I want to discuss muscle tissue health, because healthy tissue not only allows the body to perform but it keeps the body’s biomechanics optimal and pain free.

Our ability to move is created from skeletal muscle and the average male is made up of 42% while the average female is made up of 36% of this type of muscle tissue.

The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?

Thrust enhancers, roll bars, microchips…the $20 billion running – shoe industry wants us to believe that the latest technologies will cushion every stride. Yet in this extract from his controversial new book, Christopher McDougall claims that injury rates for runners are actually on the rise, that everything we’ve been told about running shoes is wrong – and that it might even be better to go barefoot…

Running Injuries – The Big Five Series – Shin Splints

Shin splints
Definition: Inflammation of the muscle attachments and interosseous membranes to the tibia (shin bone) on the inside of the front of the lower leg. Note: “shin splints” is a very widely used phrase and can refer to several lower leg injuries. The focus of this description is specifically on the inflammation described above.

Running Injuries – The Big Five Series – Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis
Definition: An inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot which runs from the heel to the base of the toes. When placed under too much stress, the plantar fascia stretches too far and tears, resulting in inflammation of the fascia and the surrounding tissues. The tears are soon covered with scar tissue, which is less flexible than the fascia and only aggravates the problem.

Avoid Injuries And Get the Edge

Triathletes constantly tread a fine line between training to their limits and achieving their best results on race day, and going over their limits, spending race day on the side lines or watching on TV.

In this article Bruce Thomas, level 3 Triathlon coach and and Australian Ironman Hall of Fame inductee looks at how you can achieve that balance, how you can get to the edge without going over it.

Running Injuries – The Big Five Series – ITB (Iliotibial Band Syndrome)

Iliotibial Band Syndrome – ITB
Definition: Pain and inflammation on the outside of the knee, where the iliotibial band (a muscle on the outside of the thigh) becomes tendinous, and results in a friction syndrome by rubbing against the femur (thigh bone) as it runs alongside the knee joint.