Setting The Pace: How Our Upskilling Leads the Industry

We live in a fast-changing world where new practices are being developed, new technologies are being invented and new discoveries are made. We need to be able to keep up and adapt quickly. The physiotherapy profession in New Zealand appears to have been caught unaware...

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Concussion- More Than Just a Headache

One thing, at Sports Lab, we think is important to discuss is sporting culture, and the positive and negative impacts this can have on athletes. One negative area we have observed in sports culture is that which surrounds concussions. There is an estimate that 69% of...

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Running Lessons from the Worlds Best

Photo credit: Michael Dawson At the London 2017 World Track and Field Championships researchers rigged up 49 high speed cameras to capture the biomechanics of the worlds best across the disciplines. During the marathon races cameras captured runners stride, striking...

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Aero is Everything

What is Aerodynamics?  Of all the forces you must overcome on your bike, the two greatest energy sappers are gravity and air resistance. Anyone that’s ridden on a windy day in Auckland knows all about this. The faster you go the bigger the drag forces are....

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How to Run Like a Kenyan- Part Three: Terrain

Running and training in Kenya couldn’t be any more different to what it’s like training here back in Auckland. Kenyans train on dirt roads, I very rarely do.   In Auckland, the norm is to run on the roads and pavement.  The...

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How to Run like a Kenyan- Part Two: Diet

The food we eat is used as fuel so we can do the things that we want to. With the huge variety of opinion on what makes a “good diet” and the rise of the “fad diet”, it is easy to put nutrition into the too hard basket. Here at Sports Lab, while we don’t...

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How to Run Like a Kenyan- Part One: Altitude Training

Kenyans are an ethnic minority that make up about 0.06% of the world’s population. Yet, Kenyans dominate many running races. It seemed to all start in August 1966. The face of running changed at what was then called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Before...

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Pain is Good

The human body is a magnificently complex structure. Atoms form molecules, molecules form cells, cells form everything we are. Every process in our bodies from a macro level (running, jumping, dancing) through to the micro level (cellular diffusion, energy...

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X-Rays and Instagram: How They Are The Same

We all know that Instagram pictures don’t exactly show reality of life. Instagram flaunts carefully crafted accounts that portray a certain image. It’s not a lie, but it’s definitely not the whole truth. For example, a smiley selfie on the beach that fails to show a...

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A Different Kind of Holiday Period for Luke

What is the holiday period like in Kenya? Christmas: Do you recall seeing memes on Facebook about dreaded family 5km runs on Christmas morning? Imagine that, but an entire village, no dread, and the run being 15-20km. And that's the morning run here in Iten. With...

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Luke Is Off To Kenya!

I grew up in a big running family down in Taranaki. From since I can remember I have been dragged around the country to various different races from 5km to marathons. So its no surprise that I ended up working within a field which means I get to work with runners on a...

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