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Plantar Fasciitis (PF), also known as Plantar Fasciopathy or plantar heel pain, is a painful and sometimes chronic condition that is characterised by pain in the origin of the plantar fascia (see picture below), and undesired changes in the tissue on MRI an/or Ultrasound. PF affects people from all walks of life, can occur in both active and sedentary people, and it is one of the most common running-related injuries.

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With the netball season just starting, what better time to talk about how Osteopathy and Exercise Rehabilitation at the Competitive Sports Clinic can be of benefit to a netball athlete. In this article we will look at how an Osteopathic consult is structured, how it will be tailored for a netballer and what components make up the exercise rehabilitation program, including training advice, biomechanical screening and recommendations, along with the implementation of injury prevention strategies.

Gait analysis

 

Background

Anterior shin pain refers to any pain experienced at the front of the shin area (see image below). It is most often experienced during exercise, especially during running. Terms classically used to for anterior shin pain, but not entirely correct, are ‘shin splints’ or anterior compartment syndrome; we will explore the latter in greater detail.

Osteopathy is a system of therapy that focuses on all the contributing factors related to an injury. It incorporates a wide variety of both passive and active treatment techniques, along with rehabilitation, ergonomic advice and aftercare. For someone who has not seen an Osteopath, or any other musculoskeletal practitioner before, it can be daunting when you don’t know what to expect. This article will breakdown the components of an Osteopathic consultation so that you can get a full understanding of what is involved when you see an Osteopath.

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an increasingly popular way of exercising for aerobic fitness and general health. This rise is for good reason; HIIT has been shown to have a myriad of health benefits, is very time effective and can break up the monotony of continuous, steady state exercise. Let’s have a look at HIIT in closer detail and see how it stacks up compared to steady state exercise.