Osteopathy, Fatherhood and Sport.

by (Osteopath)

As an Osteopath with 3 active under teenage kids, I have the invaluable experience of watching my kids develop physically while playing a number of sports: tennis, swimming, ballet, lacrosse, basketball and nippers.

In fact I’m poolside now at 5.50am in a chilly Melbourne Monday morning. Brrrr!

At 12 years old our eldest boy is swimming more than 30km a week, plus basketball and nippers.

30km! Some would say that’s a lot for a 12 year old, especially considering that my eldest is not in the least bulked up with muscle.

How has he got there?

It’s a progression, a build, to get to this point, and it’s a path that the body has to take to accommodate the wants of its owner. He has had some aches and pains and they will always happen when loading the body, but he has never had a major injury and there are a couple of reasons for this…

🔹Management/ treatment of past major issues and the recording or remembering of them. You would not believe how many people forget a broken bone or an operation!

🔹Then there is the ‘dad, my arm hurts here 👇’ scenario, whereby we immediately

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Ashby Smith

by (Osteopath )
Ashby graduated from RMIT with a double degree in Health Science and Applied Science in the field of Osteopathy. He has also completed a post-graduate certificate in Dry Needling.
He has had experience working with various local Aussie rules clubs as well as currently being on the medical team of Volleyball Victoria. ​
In the years leading up to his graduation as an Osteopath, Ashby worked in the fitness industry as an athletic performance coach.
He has a keen interest in helping his clients overcome their injury in order to achieve their goals, no matter how big or small. He uses many manual therapy techniques such as manipulation and soft tissue during treatment, as well as different exercise approaches to effectively and consistently manage his clients issues.​
In his spare time Ashby enjoys getting down to the beach for a surf, and loves having a kick of the footy.
Last year Ashby represented Victoria in open men’s Volleyball.
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Back Breaking News for Cricket Players

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

Lower back pain in cricket… what should I look out for?

Lower back pain is a common problem in cricketers due to the demands on the spine from bowling, batting and fielding. Pain caused by spinal structures may be experienced as sharp or dull pain in the back, buttock or legs. Pain intensity may be mild, moderate or severe. When the spinal cord or spinal nerves are implicated nerve pain may also be experienced. Injury can be caused by acute trauma or by repetitive stress over time.

There are many different pain producing structures in the spine including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, discs and neural tissue. This article will take a closer look at vertebral stress injuries to help you understand what they are, how this injury would implicate your cricket and how to address risk factors to prevent such an injury.

What is a vertebral stress injury? And what does it mean for me and my cricket?

Back PainVertebral stress injuries are caused by repetitive loading to the boney (vertebral) structures in the spine they result from a failing of the vertebral arch. If stress injuries develop on both sides of the vertebra then this can cause an unstable segment … read more »

Biomechanics of Barefoot Running

by (Podiatrist)

Barefoot RunningThe complex issues that surround barefoot running

For experienced and dedicated runners the barefoot running debate has prompted a lot of discussion. These discussions center around the benefits and risks associated with this new technique.

My definition of bare foot running is: to run barefoot or in a device that provides no support, heel counter and has no shock absorption properties.

There are many shoes that sit between a barefoot running device and a traditional running shoe. These shoes range from Vibrams to Nike frees. Shoes in this range all vary in the effect they will have on your gait. Due to this and the large range of shoes that are currently on the market, I have chosen not to discuss individual shoes here.
In this article I have provided more information about what I believe are the key points to consider related to this issue. They include: foot strike patterns, shock attenuation, training and proprioceptive feed back and how these will effect energy expenditure, injuries and injury rates. In this article I hope to discuss many of these issues in more detail.

Barefoot Running Diagram

Foot strike pattern

The largest visual change between shod and bare foot running is most commonly seen … read more »

Shin Splints

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

Shin Splints is a common term for medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). It is an injury caused by overuse and ‘doing too much too soon’. MTSS is the inflammation of the periosteum of the tibia (the sheath surrounding the bone). Individuals doing high impact activities such as running, jumping, netball and football are more prone to this injury.

Not all pain in the anterior lower leg is MTSS; other common lower leg injuries include Anterior Compartment Syndrome, Stress Fracture and Tibalis Anterior Tendonopathy. These can be assessed and diagnosed by your health professional.

Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness over the medial lower half of the shinbone, usually 3- 12cm up from the ankle.
  • Swelling
  • Pain increases with exercise

So what has caused this injury?

When the muscles are put under more stress than they able to cope with, they lose their ability to shock absorb which therefore, increases stress on the body. Players returning to sport after a period of rest or large increases in training increase the risk of developing this injury. Tight muscles including the gastrocnemius and soleus (calf) muscles can cause tractional forces on the periosteum causing inflammation and pain. Poor foot biomechanics with excessive pronation or supination … read more »

Barefoot Running

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

As a Podiatrist I have been asked my opinion on Barefoot, Pose running and Chi running many times. As a runner myself, this is also a topic that interests me greatly and which I am always researching. As you can imagine it provokes a lot of discussion amongst my colleagues.

Barefoot, Pose and Chi running theories are based around running without shoes and spending most of your time on your forefoot. When running barefoot there are changes made to the way the forces go though your body, changing which muscles, bones and ligaments are stressed. There are pro’s and con’s to different techniques and I aim through this article to give you a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages.

Running barefoot has its advantages as it increases the range of motion used at the joints of the lower limbs and feet. It improves your body’s awareness of where your foot is on the ground, improves your balance, as well as proving a small decrease in the amount of weight you carry while running. There is only a small amount of research that has been done on this topic however, which has shown that there is a slight decrease in … read more »

Ski Season Preparation

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

As the days shorten and nights get colder, the Queens birthday weekend seems not too far away, and the authors of this article are excited. Why? SNOW SEASON is almost upon us!

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon that sitting in below zero temperatures as the lift whisks you to the top of the summit … like a small child eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Clause to race to the bottom only to do it all again. The excitement is palpable… BUT this day should not come without preparation.

In Victoria between 2004 and 2006 there were 1404 hospital treated injuries, 817 of these were hospital admissions and 587 emergency department presentations related to snow sports. A staggering 75% of all reported injuries were from falls. And for those keen snowboarders out there such as these authors… 58% of them were our kind! (www.monash.edu.au/muyarc/visu)

CrashSo how do we reduce the likelihood of adding to these statistics and cutting our season short? Simple – preparation! By carrying out a set of specifically designed regular exercises and ensuring our bodies are in the best condition to tackle the tough terrain the mountain can throw at you.

Falls occur in … read more »