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Keeping girls in sport the name of the game

With the recent excitement surrounding women in high level AFL, soccer, cricket and the national netball league, our nation appears to be captivated by women in sport.

So it would appear that more females are playing sport, but sadly, this is not the case.

By the age of 13, 50% of girls have dropped out of sport. The Australian Federal Government has recently launched an initiative focusing on sport as a preventative physical and mental health measure.…

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Pilates is terrific exercise

As a physiotherapist if there was an exercise class that I feel everyone could benefit from I would say Pilates.

The Pilates concept was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates. He believed that injuries were caused by imbalances in the body and poor patterns of movement. He observed that when a person had weakness or pain, they overcompensated and overdeveloped another area to achieve a certain movement. This in turn, can result in further pain and injury. Pilates is an excellent way of strengthening, increasing spinal mobility, stretching and improving general function and wellbeing by concentrating on correct movement patterns.…

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Muscle hypertrophy, building you up a size!

“Hypertrophy” is my favourite word. Hypertrophy is the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells.

Muscle hypertrophy is the growth and increase in size of muscle cells. We know that skeletal muscles are important to move our bodies, but did you know that they also keep us in static positions when we are not moving and contribute to nutrition and wellbeing by storing and utilizing energy sources.…

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Come on, try triathlon!

Have you ever considered participating in a triathlon? Well, the Albury Wodonga Triathlon Club have commenced their 2016-17 calendar; many people are in training mode, and you could be too!

Triathlon is a fantastic sport. There are three different sports involved; swimming, cycling and running, which means you are not stressing one body system for a long period of time. Many people who get involved in triathlons tend to come from a heavy running background. Road running especially can put a lot of load through your joints, hence why you can tend to develop aches and pains. Triathlon training can be a lot of fun due to the variation. You will find that you are putting in more “training” hours, but those training hours aren’t as taxing on the body, as the swim and ride are both low impact sports. It is a great way to develop fitness.…

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Cool off burning goals

It’s that time of year again, where we commit ourselves to a New Year’s resolution.

For many of us, these goals are orientated around fitness and health. You may have noticed with previous New Year’s resolutions that the first couple of weeks are easy as your motivation levels are high and you want to lose the festive kilos. We often go into the year with plenty of energy and sometimes we can overdo it. Injury and the effects of the heat can make us fall into our old habits and our goals get put on the back burner until the next year. …

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The Sheer Fun of Sport

Recently the Australian Sports Commission have found that there is a large drop off in participation rates in sport after the age of 11.  Other reports have suggested that teenage girls are likely to remove themselves from competitive sports three to four years earlier than their male peers.  There are many concerns in this area, particularly with the rising levels of childhood obesity and teenage mental health deterioration, that team sport environments have the potential to assist in a positive direction.  There are also countless values that can be taught by sporting and team environments.…

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Building Physically Resilient Adults

When I was a kid I used to leave home in the morning and play with the kids in the street all day. We didn’t come home until the street lights lit up and Mum didn’t care where we were as long as we weren’t late for dinner.  We used to climb trees, play cricket on the road and ride our bikes without helmets.  We used to…. Sound familiar?  I think at any point in time you will hear adults make comment on the younger generation and the things that they do today that they did not do when they were kids.…

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Get the Balance Right and Stand Up for Summer

Just when we thought the beautiful weather was here to stay, the rain comes back! With less than 2 weeks until summer, it’s time to start thinking about your new summer activity. The long hot days give us the perfect opportunity to get outdoors after work and have a crack at new ways to move. This summer, I’ll be getting out on the Hume Weir and trying out the ancient activity of stand-up paddle boarding.…

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Its Worth the Weight

 

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. Summer is fast approaching and your motivation is making a comeback. If you’re contemplating getting back into shape, make weight training your new best friend! Lifting weights, in conjunction with regular cardiovascular exercise, will not only help you to sculpt and tone, but can also positively affect risk factors associated with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. However, there are a few things you should consider before hitting the weights room.…

The importance of keeping active, even over winter!

At this time of year, I often see an increase in injuries resulting from physical inactivity. It’s cold and dark outside, and it’s not as easy to find the time (or motivation) to use our bodies the same way we do in the warmer months. I frequently get clients presenting with seemingly unexplained discomfort like back pain or knee stiffness, and after some questioning often discover that frequency of regular activity (walking or bike riding for example) has been recently reduced.…