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Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee

17 January 2017 - Patellofemoral pain is a very common condition. In fact, this pain around or under the kneecap is so common among runners, that it has earned the alternative name, Runner’s Knee. Here are the...
A Brief Run Through Gait Analysis

A Brief Run Through Gait Analysis

29 December 2016 - I thought it best to begin my first contribution to Modern Athlete by discussing the purpose of the evaluation of running gait, and then in future issues I will discuss specific biomechanical conce...
A stitch in time...

A stitch in time...

02 August 2016 - Most runners have experienced a side stitch somewhere along the way, but not all of them know how to simply and easily cure the problem. Instead you’ll see athletes trying to push their hands...
Take a Day Off

Take a Day Off

01 June 2016 - Runners don't like to skip training sessions or miss a race when they’re ill, but at this time of year, colds and flu are par for the course. Here's how to decide when you should take...
DIY for Sore Soles

DIY for Sore Soles

24 December 2015 - Try these five simple do-it-yourself home remedies for Plantar Fasciitis. – BY SEAN FALCONER If you are experiencing persistent pain and stiffness in the bottom of your foot, you may be ...
Stronger Bones

Stronger Bones

27 October 2015 - With 20 October being celebrated as World Osteoporosis Day, this month we get down to the bare bones of the disease, and how running can be a key factor in preventing it. – BY SEAN FALCONER ...
Stretching, the Truth

Stretching, the Truth

22 September 2015 - To stretch or not to stretch... that is the question. And the simple answer is yes, but only after your workout. Here’s why. – BY SEAN FALCONER In spite of regular articles on the ...
Hints for Shinsplints

Hints for Shinsplints

25 August 2015 - One of the most common overuse running injuries is shinsplints, a burning pain that results when small tears occur in the muscles around your shin bone (tibia). If you have it, here’s what yo...
Injury-Free on the Treadmill

Injury-Free on the Treadmill

26 June 2015 - Here’s how to stay fit and healthy while running on the treadmill this winter. – BY SEAN FALCONER The treadmill can be a lifesaver when it's dark outside or the weather is bad,...
Dare to go Bare?

Dare to go Bare?

15 April 2015 - To run shod or to run bare, that is the question to ask your feet, and new research is pointing to the fact that barefoot running might not be the solution that some people claim it to be. Thr...
How Getting More Sleep Can Improve Your Running

How Getting More Sleep Can Improve Your Running

26 November 2014 - As a runner you are always looking for ways to improve your running. Take note of these five reasons why catching more quality Z’s can make you a stronger, better runner. Now go sleep on it&...
Stronger Hammies, Better Runner

Stronger Hammies, Better Runner

28 October 2014 - New research indicates that the strength of your quads and hamstrings should be equal in order for you to increase your running economy, allowing you to go further and faster.  –...
Compression Progression

Compression Progression

16 October 2014 - If you’ve never used compression socks before and remain unconvinced about the benefits they could have for you, read on! – BY SEAN FALCONER Not so very long ago, compression socks ...
Are you maxed out?

Are you maxed out?

11 September 2014 - While running with an older running friend the other day, he looked at his heart rate monitor, then asked me if I knew how high is too high for a heart rate, because his wife had told him she was c...
Feet of Flames

Feet of Flames

09 June 2014 - When you take those first few steps in the morning after getting out of bed, or after sitting for a while, and the bottoms of your feet hurt like crazy with a burning pain, chances are you have pla...
Myth-busting the Warm-up Stretch

Myth-busting the Warm-up Stretch

29 April 2014 - No matter where you go, you will see runners leaning against a wall, lamppost, park bench or car, statically stretching before a run, going through the stretching motions as part of their usual war...
Knee niggle keeping you down?

Knee niggle keeping you down?

10 April 2014 - According to Wikipedia, Iliotibial Band Syndrome is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. It is one of the most frustrating injuries a runner can pick up and anyone who has suf...
Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

01 April 2014 - There are several remedies you can try to quicken your recovery after a long run or race, so that you can focus on your next goal sooner – especially if you’re not used to high-im...
Be Immune

Be Immune

30 January 2014 - Just as illness breaks down the immune system, so can extensive amounts of exercise. About 21 hours after athletes have competed in an endurance event, there is a decrease in the amount of white bl...
Ain’t that a kick in the shin

Ain’t that a kick in the shin

30 January 2014 - Many endurance athletes know the painful sensation of shin splints: A localised, sharp pain on the front of the shin bone, which can either strike in the middle of a training run, making you lim...
Analyzing the Injured

Analyzing the Injured

06 January 2014 - As part of Dr Genevieve Symonds’ study for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Pretoria, she conducted in-depth interviews with 15 runners who were injured or had recently recovered from...
Run, Interrupted…

Run, Interrupted…

06 January 2014 - At school, my hockey coach’s immediate method to cure a stitch while on a training run was to raise one’s arms and breathe in deeply and slowly, but I never knew what caused it ̵...
Take a Rain Check

Take a Rain Check

01 December 2013 - Nine boys from King Edward High School were struck by lightning and injured while trying to cover up the school’s cricket pitch after rain disrupted their practice session. Shortly after that,...
Soak Away Your Soreness

Soak Away Your Soreness

01 December 2013 - In 1618, near the small town of Epsom, England, a farmer led his cows to a spring but found that they wouldn’t drink the water. He tasted it himself and found it to be very bitter, but also no...
Cramping your style?

Cramping your style?

31 October 2013 - For many years, it was believed that cramping was caused by heat, dehydration, or a lack of salt and minerals in the body, but study after study has ruled out all of these factors. “Althou...
When Water Becomes Dangerous…

When Water Becomes Dangerous…

01 October 2013 - Growing up, many of us were regularly told to drink eight glasses of water a day, because it was supposedly bad for us, even dangerous, to become dehydrated. As athletes, we were then told to work out...
Core Foundation

Core Foundation

01 October 2013 - When we talk about the core, we are referring to the muscles deep within the abdomen and back, attaching to the spine or pelvis, that work together with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to ...
Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

30 August 2013 - The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes aged 12 to 35 is about 0.5 to 2 per 100 000 per year, and they occur far more commonly in males than females (10:1). The incidence in r...
Have Hypnosis, Will Go Far

Have Hypnosis, Will Go Far

30 August 2013 - Next time you go on a long run or ride with your training partners, or participate in a race, take note of the chatter around you and you’ll probably hear one or more of the following things:...
Heart Rate Zones

Heart Rate Zones

01 August 2013 - The Secret to Getting Your Training Effort Right! When it comes to training programmes, one of the problems is often in interpretation: What exactly does it mean when a programme tells you to go...
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