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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The ‘Why’ of Pilates

It is no secret that physical activity has endless benefits for our health and wellbeing. As the evidence continues to stack up, the options available to us also keep coming; bootcamps, spin classes, Cross Fit, F45, yoga, pilates.. yogalates.. with so many different...

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Humans are Emotional Beings: How This Influences Pain

Photo Credit: Michael Dawson “An emotion is a strong instinctive or intuitive feeling distinguished from reasoning or knowledge of one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” (This is a visual representation of the distribution of the 27 emotional...

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How Much Is Too Much? (Or Not Enough?)

Take a moment to consider why you chose to get a massage. If you don’t, take a moment to consider why not. Many people receive massage therapy to feel better and/or for improvement in performance. Whatever the reason they choose to get a massage, chances are some have...

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Lace Up Your Running Shoes: Running Isn’t Damaging Your Knees

Photo Credit: Michael Dawson “You’re a physio, don’t you know that running is bad for your knees?”. Whilst we see plenty of knee injuries from clients that run, running isn’t inherently bad for your knees. The most common myth we hear around runners and knee pain is...

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Energy Availability In Sport: It’s Not Just The Girls

Luke: Working and training in Kenya presented many challenges. Some I was prepared for, I knew I might struggle training at altitude and with adapting to a higher training load. What I did not expect was that one of my biggest struggles would be maintaining a healthy...

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My Butt Hurts

Buying a bike saddle can be a daunting task. There are so many different options on the market which all claim to cure the same thing…resolving that stinging, excruciating pain in your butt. So, let’s explore this a bit. Before we commence and delve into the dark art...

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Homeo…What??

Let’s face it, life these days can be stressful! There are more stressors in our lives than ever before. External stressors from work, finances, and family life. Physical stressors such as alcoholism, drug use, over exercising. Common emotional stressors including...

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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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