Category: Blog

January 21, 2016 admin

  As dryland and gymnasium based exercise routines have become more popular in many swimming programs, there remains large variation and very little information on what is best for swimmers to do. Swimming Australia have recently released a great poster of recommended exercises, that are graded and progressed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  Bodyweight and…

December 18, 2015 admin

On the 3rd of December RHP physiotherapists supported by physio students embarked on the task of screening 50+ female football (a.k.a. soccer) players from The Gap Football Club. The women’s arm of The Gap Football Club is perhaps the premier women’s club in Qld, and has a terrific culture of player development and support that…

December 11, 2015 admin

New Year Resolution – Avoid injury and illness in January      With the Christmas and new year period fast approaching, many athletes, organised sports and regular exercisers are planning a few weeks off from there normal routine.  A break or a rest is just what the body and mind needs, but.. There is significant…

November 10, 2015 admin

Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Inactivity In light of the Australian Physiotherapy Association joining forces with MOvember foundation’s initiative of “MOVEmber” aiming to encourage people to move every day of November and gain the benefits of physical activity (specifically in relation to prostate cancer), today we will be looking at the current physical activity guidelines we…

November 5, 2015 admin

Breathing We all do it, but how well do you breathe?   The Mechanics ·         Our diaphragm is the primary breathing muscle. It bisects our trunk separating our lungs/chest from our abdomen/belly. ·        When our diaphragm contracts it descends towards our pelvis. This creates a larger volume of space in our chest,…

October 28, 2015 admin

Rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction surgery. The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) rehabilitation protocol I use to guide rehabilitation for my patients is a goal based progression.  We can move through the ACL protocol at our own pace, and let the criteria govern how quickly we go, rather than a traditional pre-determined timeline.  This is really helpful…

October 15, 2015 admin

Want to know the greatest exercise in the whole world? It’s a stretch that will change your life – and you just have to lie down to do it!!    Spinal mobility/flexibility is vital for pain-free movement. Our thoracic spine (the part between your shoulder blades and the area that all of your ribs attach…

October 8, 2015 admin

Lumbar Stress Fracture (Spondylolysis) in Teenagers and Competitive Swimmers   A lumbar stress fracture or ‘Spondylolysis’ is a non-displaced fracture of a part of the lumbar vertebrae called the pars interarticularis. Spondylolysis is a common and costly cause of back pain in competitive swimmers as well as a range of other adolescent sports people (e.g….

September 23, 2015 admin

Where’s your head at? Headaches, Migraines and Physiotherapy. Many of us experience headaches during our lifetime, it is one of the most common ailments that we as a society face.  Headaches can range from being just nagging and frustrating, to debilitating – resulting in time off study, work, and affecting the things we love to…

September 15, 2015 admin

Knee and ankle injuries are common injuries in netballers. Sixty percent of all injuries in netball were knee and lower leg injuries in a recent report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in December 2014. Most of these injuries occur on landing and changing direction, often in a non-contact situation.   The anterior…