Usain Bolt – a biomechanical perspective on a sprinters’ foot

That’s it, we won’t have the delight of seeing Usain Bolt competing ever again. And despite his disappointing result at the 2017 World Championships here in London he is still the man to beat with an incredible World Record set at 9.58secs. We at Vitality Physiotherapy wish him very well after his injury in the 4x100m.

In his television interview on the BBC a couple of years ago, Usain said that he was less hard working than his younger teammate, Yohan Blake (who incidentally thanked his physiotherapist when he won Silver in the 100m men’s final in 2012). Bolt, however attributes much of his success to his talent!

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Suffering from a side stitch?

If you’ve ever run a long distance before, you probably would have experienced a side stitch (exercise related transient abdominal pain (ETAP)) at some point.
It is usually experienced just below the ribs, often affecting the right side. It usually results in ceasing to run further.

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Vitality Physio featured in Women’s Fitness Magazine

Lead Physiotherapist, Janine Enoch talks to Amanda Khouv from Women’s Fitness Magazine in the Ultimate Runner’s Guide April 2012.

In this article, Janine recommends a few general principles to avoid running injuries but remember, always consult your GP or Physiotherapist if you suspect that you may have sustained an injury or are at risk of developing one.

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Shin Splints

Have you got a place for the Virgin London Marathon? Want to challenge Kenya’s Patrick Makau magnificent 2hrs 3min 38sec set at this year’s Berlin marathon, perhaps? Plagued by shin splints, and don’t know how to get rid of them? Well, look no further, Vitality Physiotherapy has the solution for you!

Shin Splints, is a global term often used to describe pain in the leg below the knee. It can occur on the front outer aspect of the leg (anterior shin splints), or on the inside of the leg (medial shin splints). They can affect novice athletes who do too much too soon, or experienced athletes who modify their exercise programme by increasing their mileage or gradient excessively.

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Achilles Tendon Pathology

The legendary warrior of Homer’s Iliad may have died from an arrow piercing his Achilles tendon, but Achilles injuries today have a good prognosis. Achilles tendinopathy is a common injury affecting athletes, particularly males between the ages of 30-50.

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ITB friction syndrome (runner’s knee)

ITB Friction syndrome is a very common complaint amongst elite and amateur runners alike. It is caused by the friction of the outside thigh muscle against the lateral aspect of the thigh bone (the lateral aspect of the end of the femur).

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