How to cope with cramping during exercise

Exercise-associated muscle cramping (EAMC) is defined as an involuntary, painful contraction of skeletal muscle during or immediately after exercise ( Schwellnus et al 2011). There is a high risk in endurance athletes. It is poorly understood, although common. The reasons for the cramping could be: 1. the result of muscle fatigue 2. the result of […]

Tapering is a phase of training!

The South African racing calendar is filled with events. Almost any weekend we can choose to run, cycle or swim an event. It is easy to get caught up in the hype (I have been there), and then we may end up feeling tired, both physically and emotionally. Know which is your goal race, and […]

Returning to exercise post injury or surgery

Common questions we get asked, when can I return, what can I do, what should I avoid, do I need physio? We always want you to get back to exercise as quickly as possible, however we need to respect the healing times of different injuries. We also need to consider different starting points, and then […]

Preparing for surgery

When you are considering elective surgery such as a total hip of knee replacement, we know the fitter you go into surgery, the better your post operative recovery will be. You might find this video useful: We have some tests that we do to help determine outcome and best advise you on the next step. […]

Continuing Your Recovery Post a Total Knee Replacement: weeks 2-4

Thoughts for the next few weeks: “Exercise is medicine and this is my daily dose” “Each day I get better and better” “Recovery is a process” Things should be starting to improve. In my experience of working with patients, from being sore most of the time, there are good times in the day, patients still […]

Get off your Butt to manage your knee pain

In this article we will look at 3 common knee conditions- patella femoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, and osteoarthritis of the knee. These are all non-traumatic injuries of the knee which can be affected by load. In most injuries we need to assess load as this directs our management. Do we need to manage […]

Weight loss and exercise is best for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Today 12 October 2017 Is World Arthritis Day What is osteoarthritis? What we know about osteoarthritis (OA) is that it there are changes in the articular cartilage that covers the end of the bones. Osteoarthritis is driven by biomechanical and pro-inflammatory process. Osteoarthrits typically occurs in load bearing joints e.g. back, hips, knees and ankles. […]

Cultivating Body and Mind

As Spring starts, you may feel the urge to dust off your exercise gear and get a bit more active. How about getting a bit more active around the house and in the garden? For a lot of people wanting to get active, they just don’t know where to start. Often we get so overwhelmed […]