STRETCHING – MUSCLE AND FASCIA

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In its most basic form, stretching is a natural and instinctive activity; it is performed by humans and many animals. Stretching often occurs instinctively after waking from sleep, after long periods of inactivity, or after exiting confined spaces and areas.  When I hear the arguments on whether to stretch or not to stretch, I feelRead more

SURF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING – SURF STRONGER AND LONGER

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As a strength and conditioning coach, if I were to take a competing Surfer who had never trained basic movement patterns before, I’d take this route. Any athlete strength and conditioning must be specific to each individual’s body, their chosen sport, their current strengths and weaknesses, their psychological state and the level at which theyRead more

PALEO FITNESS – AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE

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Power Lifters and Weight Lifters may tell you that jogging is a load of crud and Marathoners will say that heavy resistance training makes you bulky, less agile and gives you a heart attack. Pretty profound statements but that’s just the truth of the matter when there’s an emotional attachment. It seems engrained in people’sRead more

FAT LOSS. REDUCING YOUR DERRIÈRE AND LOVE HANDLES

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What’s a simple, easy, effective work-out for the biggest fat-loss effects? For years they used to recommend uber-long sessions of cardio. You’ll still see many women (and men) in the gym today slogging it out for hours on treadmills, bikes or cross-trainers with the intense desire to lose that stubborn weight that has hardly shiftedRead more

SHOULDER PROBLEMS IN SPORT AND EXERCISE – part one

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The shoulder is inherently unstable. The human shoulder is made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone) as well as associated muscles, ligaments and tendons. The glenoid  (shoulder socket) only contacts approx 30% of humeral (upper arm bone) head. The labrum (cartilage ring) increases jointRead more

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR OLYMPIC LIFTING?

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Olympic lifting, when performed correctly, is the ultimate sporting example of the combination of mobility and stability, and an expression of the summation of forces through the kinetic chain during the performance of a closed skill. The rise in popularity of CrossFit means it has become more relevant for physical therapists to have an understanding of OlympicRead more

STRONG SURFING

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Surfers in the past generally have not focused on specific strength and conditioning for their sport, with the misperceived idea that strength training will add unnecessary bulk and muscle tightness while restricting their movement and fluidity in the water. Getting bulky in the gym is actually quite a big job. There are certain training intensitiesRead more

SHOULDER PROBLEMS IN SPORT AND EXERCISE – part two

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Lifting, throwing, punching, wrestling, pulling, surfing, paddling, swimming and pressing with gnarly shoulders is a common problem these days. There’s too many causes to list here, but to throw out a few examples we’ve got most people walking around with hunched upper backs, heads that droop forward, chests that slump, high hips, rotated hips andRead more

GETTING STRONG – NOT ALL STRENGTHS ARE EQUAL

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There is so much confusion regarding how to get strong. If you read fitness magazines, the health section of the paper, have ever watched The Biggest Loser or have ever entered a commercial gym, it’s no surprise if you find yourself standing in the middle of the room unable to make up your mind whatRead more

LAUGHTER MEDICINE

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. Mark Twain, 1835 — 1910 Just start thinking about laughing and notice what happens…We’ve all heard of the benefits of laughter, yet it’s not just humour that lessens tension, but also just anticipating laughter. Research at the 2008 Annual Meeting or the AmericanRead more

LOWER BACK PAIN AND LOWER BACK STRENGTHENING

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Back pain is a massive problem today. There’s something absolutely retarded about sitting all day in front of computers, out to eat breakfast/morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea/dinner/after dinner snack, in the car, out to coffee, reading the paper, writing.. heck, I even notice that when I’m out I start looking around for a chair!  It doesn’t quiteRead more

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