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Pre-Competition Travel Tips

Over the year I have travelled to many running competitions.  When I look back on performances earlier in my career my road record wasn’t stellar.  Looking at past training logs I would often remark; “hips were sore”, “legs were heavy” and the list goes on!…

Kinesiology Tape- What’s The Big Deal?

Application of kinesiotape can be used for a variety of dysfunctions from lower back strains, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, injury prevention and everything in between. At Massage Athletica we will often conclude injury care treatments with the application of kinesiotape. It’s not a new modality,…

Compression Wear

There is a lot of questions surrounding compression wear, with many accompanying studies to try and answer them. Lets take a look at some of the claims made by compression wear companies and what the research says. One of the most well known compression wear…

Why Sports Massage?

A lot of the athletes that come into the clinic often present us with a variety of questions such as why do I need massage, how often should I be getting it?  And so on.  This post is going to answer some of those questions. Why should I…

Barefoot running – What’s the debate?

[h2]There’s alot of buzz about running barefoot lately. Is it safe?[/h2] Is barefoot running safe? Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, is largely recognized for the popularity of barefoot running and minimalist shoes. I will begin by saying I have nothing against those who adopt this…

Sprains vs. strains

[h2]The similarities and differences between these two types of injuries.[h2] Is there a difference between sprains and strains? There are many similarities between these two types of injuries. Both have varying degrees of severity ranging from 1st to 3rd degree. And both are used to…

Hot vs. cold

[h2]When you are injured, should you use ice or heat?[/h2] If I’m hurt should I use ice or heat? This depends entirely on the injury. Ice is used to help manage inflammation to keep swelling down. While heat is used to relax a muscle and…

Soft tissue injury

[h2]The RICE Principle can help with your soft tissue injury.[/h2] I sprained my ankle. What should I do? Strains and sprains can be very painful, but the pain doesn’t always show up immediately following an injury. It is common for 1st or 2nd degree injuries…

Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps

[h2]Learn how to prevent and get rid of muscle cramps.[/h2] Why do muscles cramp during exercise? There are two scientifically respected theories about exercise and muscle cramps. The first, and most popularized, dehydration or the Electrolyte Imbalance Theory. It states that a muscle may cramp when water and electrolyte…