Anna Gould looks at what exercise means to her.
Written by Daniel Webster - Senior Physiotherapist
Round 1 of the WAFL season is back this Easter weekend as the mighty Tigers take on West Perth at HBF Arena. Last weekend with the AFL season already underway Claremont Football Club celebrated the success of three old Tigers who débuted in round 1: Bailey Banfield (Fremantle), Zac Langdon (GWS) and Jake Waterman (West Coast) which makes for an exciting year of legends in the making.
At CFC the boys started their offseason program as soon as last season ended. We completed a medical and biomechanical screen for each player at our new Claremont clinic and identified any recent or niggling injuries and from this could set structured individual plans to best prepare for the pre-season period as a group. What I’ve seen over the years is that stronger, fitter and more efficient players are less likely to be injured and facilitates both individual and team success.
We have the philosophy at Tigerland, led by head coach Darren Harris, of getting players not just fit to play, but fit to perform as they return from injury.
Players have also completed regular work in the Claremont Pilates studio with high-level gluteal, core and single leg control exercises focusing on running, cutting and landing mechanics. The pre-season is all about preparation, building a better athlete, setting good workout habits and culminates in frequent high workloads for a durable and resilient team. Research shows that consistent high training loads and those who do a pre-season are actually protected from injury. The rehab group has worked incredibly hard, improved their fitness levels, and successfully got back into training to work on their craft.
After a sensational pre-season in our new state of the art facility we’re well and truly ready for Round 1 and excited to see some of the magic our team this year can produce.
Daniel offers full musculoskeletal screenings as well as thorough strength and rehabilitation programs specifically designed for you.
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When your pain is due to a lack of movement, you will notice a restriction of movement in one or more directions and it will generally be painful to move into that restricted range. A physiotherapist can address this movement restriction in the back or neck by using a combination of hands-on techniques to lengthen tight tissue and loosen stiff joints.
Chronic pain is not just a physical issue; it’s a mental/emotional one as well. So if you struggle with back pain as well as anxiety, depression, foggy thinking or even memory problems, there’s a good chance they could be related.
Our spines like movement, they do not like sustained positions or repetitive activity they are made to move does that answer seem as obvious to you as it does to me? In the late 80’s and early 90’s a rash of forearm pain and disability was sweeping Australian sarcastically called “Kangaroo Paw” it was assumed it was to do with using computer keyboards and for many computer uses and workers the disability was devastating.
Gluteal tendinopathy is characterised by pain to the side and back of the hip and buttock region (Pain in the Bum), and it may radiate down the side of the thigh. It is a problem commonly associated with late-middle aged females, and there may or may not be some associated osteo-arthritis of the hip joint.
Quite often people think they should be able to do particular activities, such as housework, gardening, home maintenance or sitting at a computer, and push themselves to do things, despite it causing significant increases in their pain. This in turn, may cause a “flare-up” for one or several days, requiring them to “lie low” and rest a lot more and avoid even more activities. This leads to frustration and gradually less and less tolerance to certain activities. This is called the “Boom and Bust” cycle. We see it very frequently!
You notice one day some slight niggle which went away but starts occurring more and more often with greater intensity. It’s worst when you’ve been off it for a while and go to stand up or put weight through it… this is often especially noticeable on getting out of bed in the morning, those first few steps are agonising but gradually get easier with walking… congratulations you have been admitted into the plantar fasciitis club!