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The Tired Athlete-Overtraining Syndrome

The Tired Athlete - Overtraining Syndrome

Overtraining syndrome is a common cause of tiredness in sports people.  The terms "overtraining",  "overreaching", "overtraining syndrome", "burnout" and "staleness" have all been used in association with this condition (Brukner and Kahn 2013).  Overtraining is excessive training in particular in high performance sports people without adequate rest.

In order to improve performance it is necessary to train hard.  Training hard can actually make you weaker as muscle fibres are being torn or broken down in the process.  It is rest or recovery that allows muscles to rebuild and physiologically improve.  Maximal loading of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems results in improved

Choosing the right pillow to suit your needs

Choosing the right pillow to suit your needs

Do you wake up in the morning with a sore neck?  Chances are your pillow may be doing you more harm than good.

Just like shoes there is not a universal pillow that will suit everyone's needs.  A good pillow will support your head and keep your neck in a neutral position while ensuring comfort while you sleep.  It is important to maintain a natural curvature in your neck; especially when you're sleeping.

When choosing a new pillow it is important to consider your preferred sleeping position.  Are you a side sleeper or a back sleeper?  If you sleep

Groin Strain


Groin Strain

Groin strains are a common injury sustained in sport. Groin strains commonly occur when the muscles are subjected to high loads and stretch, such is the case with sports involving change of direction, agility and single leg kicking. Poor flexibility and an inappropriate warm up can also increase the likelihood of a groin injury.

Your groin is made up of multiple muscles running down the inside of the leg. A strain or tear can occur in a single muscle or in multiple of these muscles.

It is important to rehabilitate a groin strain properly to prevent reoccurrences in the future.

Frozen Shoulder - Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder – Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder is a condition characterised by reduced range of motion or stiffness in all directions that often occurs spontaneously in people between the ages of 40-60.



I’m sure we are all hearing increasing debate and concern about concussion in Sport these days.  With the recent changes in concussion rules and procedures in professional sport, this topic can be as confusing and trivial as ever.

Concussion is a common injury seen in sport yet there is a lot of confusion surrounding the diagnosis of a concussion and the appropriate treatment. While more common in contact sports such as the football codes, concussion can be occur in any sport/ activity.

What is a concussion? According to The International Conference of Concussion held in Zurich in 2012 defined concussion as “a clinical syndrome of neurological impairment that results from biomechanical forces transmitted to the brain (directly/ indirectly).


Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation of one or many joints.  There are a number of different types of arthritis.  The most common is osteoarthritis which is caused maily by trauma, infection or wear and tear associated with aging.  Other forms of Arthritis such as Rheumatoid or Psoriatic Arthritis are auto immune diseases.  This means it is the body’s immune system that mistakenly attacks its own tissue causing an inflammatory response and ultimately joint degeneration.   

The main symptoms of Arthritis are joint pain, swelling and stiffness.  Seeing your General Practitioner for your symptoms combined with Physiotherapy provides are more holistic approach to your

What does the evidence tell us about treating a "cork?"

What does the evidence tell us about treating a “cork?”

What is a cork? A cork or muscle haematoma is the accumulation of blood within the body tissues. Corks are regularly seen in sport, particularly contact sport such as football.

New year, new you, new injuries

Welcome to January, the month when New Year’s resolutions are well lit up. Castle Hill and The Strand has 10 times as many people pounding the pavement (or the goat track) and there’s no space to move in the gym. It is fantastic to see so many people increasing (or starting) their fitness regimes to experience the many benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, however, unfortunately there can be some setbacks, with one of the most popular setbacks being injury!

Many people, when they increase an activity or start a new activity such as running, hill walking, swimming, or a new gym program experience overuse injuries.

Essential Items for on-field injury management

Essential Items for on-field injury management

Whether you are a sports trainer for competitive sport or a parent, friend or family member helping out with junior sport there are essential items that should be kept on hand to ensure the safety of all involved. If you are a new to sports training or been working in the field for years, it is important to keep your kit topped up with these necessary items.

The Sports Physiotherapist has outlined essential items for every sports trainer’s kit.

Finger Dislocation

Finger Dislocation

Finger dislocations are a relatively common sporting injury. They are commonly seen in contact sports or in sports involving a ball (netball, cricket, football etc). A finger dislocation occurs when the finger is forcefully bent into the wrong direction, tearing some of the soft tissues around the joint.

A dislocation can occur in any joint, but the most common is the proximal joint of each finger. At times these dislocations will “relocate” themselves however, they often require relocation by a trained medical practitioner.

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