Ankle sprains

why you should ignore traditional medical advice!

Every week, thousands of people sprain their ankle. Most do it at sport, some walking down stairs or on uneven ground.

Here’s a typical story we hear as Physiotherapists, almost every week.
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Back Pain


Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the western world. It affects up to 25% of Australian adults at any point in time.

More than 90% will be pain free in 6 weeks. A minority of back pain sufferers have back pain that persists more than 3 months and causes more marked lifestyle changes.

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Knee Pain

knee PAIN

The medical term for “runners knee” is Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome. Pain is usually felt at the front of the knee with running, stairs and sitting.

One in 20 teens and one in 10 adult females suffer from Patello-Femoral Pain. Pain lasts for a year or more in 1/3 of people.

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Exercise: Why Groups Are Best!

“It’s cold”, “I’m sore”, “I’m tired”, “I’ll do it tomorrow!”  If I had a dollar for every time I heard one of these excuses in regards to exercising (and mainlyProfile Picture of Ashleigh Hooper, Exercise Physiologist out of my own mouth), I’d have a beachfront property. I’m the first person to admit finding the motivation to get off my butt and exercise is the most challenging part of exercising itself (especially when it’s almost hypocritical as my job is to get people to do so).

However, we all know exercise helps manage those aches and pains, boosts energy levels, improves sleep, and let’s not forget the countless health benefits. This is all fabulous news, but how do we work up the motivation to do it in the first place?! Groups hold the answer!Read More

How To Make The Running Habit Stick

Are you a stop-start runner, getting motivated and starting a running program for 2 weeksMatt McEwan before giving up or getting injured? I know this was me for a long time. It’s been 10 years since I ran regularly, my last (and only) marathon was in an Ironman Triathlon 10 years ago. Since then I have played over 35’s soccer but never run consistently apart from that.

I’ve recently had a crack at running regularly and it seems to be sticking this time. Here’s 10 things I’ve found that helped me.

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Don’t fall victim to the calf muscle sniper ever again!

Have you strained your calf muscle? More than once? You’re not alone. Read on to find out how to break this vicious cycle, or prevent it in the first place

Here’s the usual story we see; you injure your calf muscle running, take a few weeks off running and get back to walking and doing stairs comfortably. You are able to jog and then nurse your calf through an easy training session. First game back you push off hard and try and chase down an opponent or run up a hill and the sniper shoots you in the calf from behind the grassy knoll, leaving you to hop or limp off in pain and frustration. Sound familiar?Read More

Fun (Food) Facts for Fit Females: Part 2

We are back for Part 2 of our Female Athlete series and talking all things nutrition. Last week’sJessica Stoll blog post touched on the importance of hormones on training. This week we look at how hormones can also influence what fuel your body needs to perform at its best and bust open some diet trend myths while we’re at it.Read More

Fun Facts For Fit Females: Part 1

NEWSFLASH: women are different to men. I know, this is not new information, but is Jessica Stollsomething that often gets overlooked when it comes to sports science and injury prevention. For instance, did you know that most research studies are performed on men and then just adapted for women, who are considered “small men”?  There are so many female specific aspects that need to be considered like body composition, hormones, and different rates of development. In this blog we are going to explore these differences through three important life stages and drop some training bombs that show how differently the female athlete, in particular, the female runner should be training.Read More

10 Week Diabetes Challenge

Have you been told you have high blood sugar? Is this something you have difficulty gettingProfile Picture of Ashleigh Hooper, Exercise Physiologist under control, even with your medications? If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, then you are eligible to take part in our 10-week diabetes challenge to improve your health.Read More

Running Strength Exercises

If you’re a runner then you may have read or seen that you should be doing some strength training to help your running. Here at Parkside Sports Physio we 100% agree with this. In this blog we’ll tell you how you can get strength gains in just 13 minutes in the comfort of your own home? And no we won’t sell you steak knives, I promise!Read More