Life as an AFL Physiotherapist

Working as an AFL Sports Physiotherapist Working as a Sports Physiotherapist in the AFL can be incredibly challenging, but simultaneously, incredibly rewarding. Challenging, because the stakes are so high, yet rewarding because you are assisting the development of young elite athletes and ensuring their physical preparation is optimal, to promote performance. I am sure anyone […]

Bone Stress Injuries…. Runners Beware

  With the warmer months approaching, running training often ramps up for a lot of athletes. Bone Stress Injury (BSI) can be a dreaded injury for any runner due the potential for lengthy recovery times, sometimes well over 6 months. BSI’s represent the inability of bone to withstand repetitive loading, resulting in structural fatigue and […]

The Difficult Ankle

“Persistent Pain after a Typical Ankle Sprain” Ankle sprains present as one of the most common sporting injuries. They can be incredibly minor and resolve rapidly with simple interventions, but others, do not progress so easily. These athletes may suffer persistent pain, swelling, instability and impaired function for months to come rendering the athlete unable […]

Training Loads and Injury

There is currently emerging evidence that an athletes training loads do in fact have a clear relationship to injury. This may not come as a big surprise to many, but it can be extremely challenging to firstly understand load, then be able to accurately monitor it and then utilise this information to actually guide and […]

Gluteal Tendinopathy – A Pain In The… Hip

Gluteal tendinopathy is a common condition that causes pain on the outside of the hip and often the upper thigh. Like Peter said in the previous blog, often pain arises due to a reduction in tolerance of the tendon to perform certain activities. This often includes going up or down stairs, walking, sitting with crossed […]

Top 5 Marathon Injuries

With the Melbourne marathon only 11 weeks away and training programs in full swing, it is important to be on the lookout for injury which can disrupt even the best of preparations. Research suggests that running injuries alone are very common and occur in 18 to 92% of all runners (Dias Lopes 2102). Unfortunately, as […]

Hamstring injuries were by far the most common injury in the AFL in 2014. 8 Key Risk Factors for Hamstring Injury

8 Key Risk Factors for Hamstring Injury Non modifiable: Unable to change 1. Previous Hamstring injury Significant risk factor Greater risk of recurrence with greater injury severity 2. Age 2.5 times greater risk if >25 years old 3. Previous injuries  Especially knee injuries such as an ACL reconstruction Modifiable: Able to change 4. Muscle weakness […]

Hamstring Strain Rehabilitation: Key Principles

To maximise your outcome after a hamstring injury, it is vital to consider how you run and if this is contributing to your risk of injury. We know from research studies that the hamstring is most commonly injured during the terminal swing phase of running where the leg is extending forward preparing the foot for […]