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What Does It Mean To Be Recovered?

In today’s blog, we are going to discuss what it means to be recovered. Our massage clients often seek to maintain an injury-free state during their training – or recover quickly to reach their goals. However, ‘recovery’ is not as black and white as it first appears,...

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Redefining Health: What Can I Do Now?

Photo Credit: Michael Dawson (RTB2020) Hippocrates: ‘A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings and learn how, by his own thought, to derive benefit from his illnesses’.  Our greatest blessing is our health and our ability to learn and...

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Redefining Health: Applying the Science

Here at the Lab, we believe in using science to inform our practice, which means we all love to embrace our inner nerd. A belief within our work community is to share information and upskill our clients, so that they have the guidance and the skills they need to...

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Redefining Health: Take a Step Back and See The Bigger Picture

Last blog, we decided to set you and ourselves a challenge! If you have had a look at your Instagram feed lately, you will see that we are pretty much doing what everyone else is – we are setting you a health challenge, but we promise we won’t make you do 20 burpees...

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Let’s Talk About Stress

We have all just had a sudden dump of fear, uncertainty and stress on our lives. Our day-to-day lives look remarkably different to just a short time ago, and we have all had to adjust to what this now means for us, as an individual and as a community. As we come into...

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Healthy Ageing

In part 1 we talked about what happens to our bodies as we get older and hopefully you weren't left feeling totally depressed at the prospect, but empowered by how the actions you take can influence your experience of aging. We know that building regular physical...

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Getting Old?!

Getting old. It’s a topic no one really likes to think or talk about, right? But, with a growing elderly population, more of us are starting to consider what “healthy ageing” looks like and what we can be doing now to enhance our life in years to come. If this is you...

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Supplements – Everything You Need to Know

Photo credit: https://www.witsup.com/ The supplement industry is booming. In 2016, the Council for Responsible Nutrition put the supplement industry at around $122 billion USD in America alone. The industry is always offering a wider range of products we perceive to...

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We Are ‘Iron’ Man…

Here is a question for you: as athletes, do we like to simplify things without looking at the bigger picture? Maybe some of us do, maybe some of us don’t – but how many times do we base our feelings on how well or poorly a training session went purely based on our...

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How Tolerant Are You – and Your Immune System?

A couple of weeks ago I read a journal article, and it challenged me and my way of thinking, so I thought: what a great discussion this would be! Since the early 1980s, scientists have been investigating the immune system of athletes. The central theory of this...

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Feed Your Performance

When we look at our performance there is a range of areas that we need to analyse, pull apart, test and improve so that our performance improves. So we can jump higher, run further, sprint faster, race better, recover quicker, and feel better. One thing that can...

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Directing Your 2020!

2020 has begun and we are now deep into enjoying February! The start of the year, as we know, is a great chance to start fresh, write a new script and become a better version of ourselves. But it’s important that these changes we are making are sustainable. Today we...

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Running Form – A Merging of Science and Art

When it comes to running form, there are currently overwhelming amounts of information available. One common school of thought we have noticed is one that teaches you that you need to run in a very prescriptive way. Proposing that “your cadence should sit around 180,...

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Should You Stretch Before a Run?

Everyone seems to have the perfect pre-run routine – even though everyone you talk to will have a different approach, and will be happy to tell you why theirs is the best. Injured people tend to beat themselves up for not stretching enough and blame the lack of...

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Bike Fit Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It’s all well and dandy helping everyone else out with bike fits at Sports Lab, but as I am only a month away from the start of my NZ 70.3 season, it’s probably about time I check my own position over. A bike fit is not something that is performed once when you get...

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How Often Should You Get a Massage?

There are many opinions about how often one should get a massage. A quick search on Google or YouTube may tell you that the ideal frequency is weekly, fortnightly or monthly; however, there...

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A New Twist on Ankle Pain

“Why do I keep getting pain even though I am no longer injured?” I hear this question often, and it can be a tricky concept to get your head around as there are so many elements to consider – with most seeming almost invisible. Let’s say that tissue healing has been...

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Now That the Marathon Is Over…

Today is October the 21st, 2019- aka, the day after you tackled the Auckland Marathon! You did it! You ran a marathon. You took anywhere between 50,000 and 60,000+ steps and you were out on the course for anywhere up to 6 hours. We know it can be a little difficult to...

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Breathe

If we jog our minds back to the previous post, human survival itself is based on being able to maintain a relatively stable internal homeostatic environment. Successful homeostasis is crucial to all living things and deep breathing is a tool we can use to help achieve...

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Females Are Not Small Males

Photo Credit: Michael Dawson Females are unpredictable. And yes, we are talking about hormones here. Up until recently there has been very little research in sport and exercise physiology for females, because… they are unpredictable. Or that’s the excuse anyway. Adult...

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Have You Jumped the Gun?

The human body is an amazingly adaptable and responsive machine. The tissues in our body are in a constant state of change, responding to the forces and loads that we put it under. But if our bodies are such highly adaptive machines, then why do we find ourselves...

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How a Change in Mindset Can Lead to Improved Performance

Photo Credit: Flotrack In January 2016 I arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona to begin what would be three amazing years of competing in track/cross country for Northern Arizona University as a student athlete.  I desperately wanted to be a world class athlete and believed...

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Should Running Shoes Cure Pronation

Photo Credit: Michael Dawson There is much debate, especially on social media, about the “pronation paradigm” of fitting running shoes and many “running geeks” have strong opinions on either side of this debate. All you need to do is google the term pronation to be...

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Let’s Fight Back: LBP Part Four

We discussed in previous blogs that discs don’t “slip”, that your disc injury can recover, and that disc injury does not always equal pain experienced. Today we’ll discuss how our environment can be contributing to back problems. We’ll explore why it is that whilst...

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A Slipped Disc is Not the Cause of Your Pain: LBP Part Three

Photo Credit: Tom Rouse Last week we discussed how and why you can’t have a slipped disc, and that if you injure your disc your body does an awesome job of healing itself. (If you missed it, you can check it out here). Today we are going to discuss how you can still...

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Stop The Press! Our Discs Can Heal: LBP Part Two

Before we all go rushing to the operation theatre for our injured discs let’s look at some interesting research on disc healing. In 2010 Chiu et al carried out a systematic review, which basically means he looked for all research on the topic and compiled the results....

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A New Way to Look at Back Pain: LBP Part One

Photo Credit: Tom Rouse Lower Back Pain (LBP) is becoming more and more prevalent. Most of us at some point in our life have experienced back pain, or at least know someone that has. About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes (2)....

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“ Huh… You Can Manipulate My Organs?”

You’re sprinting down the rugby field, making good ground, and out of nowhere your opponent slams you down onto your side. You feel the impact of the tackle through your rib cage. You feel it radiate down your side. Your core muscles tense and there’s an ache deep...

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