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17.06
Category: Medical

The tendons of the elbow are some of the most common to be injured in our bodies. They are usually classified as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. Tennis and golfer's elbow are quite similar, with the main difference being that tennis elbow begins from the bony point on the outside of your elbow, whereas the golfer's elbow begins from the inside of your elbow. Tennis elbow is the more common injury of the two, but both injuries are the result of repetitive strain.

Tendons are strong structures that connect muscle to bone. They are usually resilient, but can become injured when they are repetitively overloaded and become tendinopathies. Tendinopathies often start without a traumatic incident and will be found to get worse over time. 

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17.06
Category: Sports

It’s that time of year again… The NBA Championship is up for grabs! And with basketball for all ages growing in popularity across the state, the impact of injuries to players has never been greater. Basketball stadiums are packed to bursting most days of the week; whether for the junior representative competitions every Friday night, the early morning starts on weekends for the under 10s and 12s, or the late night games in midweek men’s – let alone the school gyms being used for trainings after school. No matter what level you play, being able to play at your best is one of the most important things for any player to consider.

The game has never been more physical and with increasing physicality comes incidental contact. For injuries such as the sprained ankle, it is incidental contact which puts the ankle at greater risk. If you’ve ever spent time in a basketball stadium, odds are you’ve seen parents or team mates busily running to the canteen for ice packs for one injury or another – and more often than not, it’s the sprained ankle that occurs the most and the domestic level. A bit different from the injury list in the NBA, spanning from ACL ruptures to Tony Parker’s quadriceps tear in the finals only a few weeks ago (which will see him out of action for the next few months at least).

In basketball, one of the most common ways of rolling your ankle tends to be landing awkwardly or on someone else’s foot. Other ways include changing direction too fast, or losing your balance and falling the wrong way. While the injury tends to cause a lot of pain at the time, it generally won’t take months on end to get better, unlike some of the major injuries seen.

This is where your physiotherapist can help! When you’ve sprained your ankle, it usually means that one of the ligaments has been overstretched. Your physiotherapist can help improve the strength around your ankle while letting the overstretched ligament heal. Overall, improving strength and your balance through the ankle is also going to help you return to the game quicker and with less chance of recurrent ankle issues. At the end of the day, no one likes missing games because they’re injured.

Michelle Johanson - Physiotherapist
17.06
Category: Health & Lifestyle

Congratulations to all that competed and completed the milestone!

Over 2,433km were covered in total with 14 people achieving the goal.

Special mentions go to participants Emma Doderico & Bill Langford who took up the challenge to complete Km’s in Vietnam and Italy respectively… Photographic evidence required to see who wins the most exotic location award?!

Of the participants to complete the challenge Sue Lawrence came in as the highest aggregate km’s covered, knocking over 200kms in May whilst Katie P from Team EP expertly and scientifically planned her way to 100.25!

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17.05
Category: Sports

In mid-September 2016 Ella sustained a disc based injury to her lower back lifting some equipment out of her boat after a training session. Initially she had pain into her legs, as far down as her claves. She was unable to attend school for the remainder of the week and was unable to sail at this point in time.

Prior to her injury Ella’s weekly regime in preparation for the National Championships in January 2017, involved 4 x sailing sessions, 3 x interval running sessions and 3 x strength training sessions. Due to her pain she was unable to perform any of this.

Ella was obviously on a very tight time line and any period of decreased physical activity was going to result in a loss of physical conditioning. 2 weeks after commencing treatment we were able to start Ella on a tailored Pilates based strengthening program at the clinic. About a month later we were able to add specific strength training to her rehabilitation through the Exercise Physiology department at the clinic. Through these modalities we were not only able to address her injury needs but maintain a level of strength and fitness to avoid any losses.

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17.05
Category: Health & Lifestyle

Exercise Right Week 2017: 22nd - 28th May

This year the focus for Exercise Right Week is finding out Who's Your Match? - Getting to know your expert of exercise!

In order to help find you the right exercise professional for your requirements, The Sports Injury Clinic is holding FREE Outdoor Group Training Sessions. With so many claiming to be exercise experts, it can be overwhelming to know who to consult for advice. 

Come down to George Pentland Gardens Friday 26th May 2017 and try out a free session. 

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