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On sport injury trends: A Q&A with Kaye Kerr

Kaye, you just celebrated 30 years at Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre. What are the trends you have seen in sports injuries over the years? A big one is the increase in the intensity of training, competition and commitment. Most people my age would have played plenty of sport at school, or for a local club for 1-2 hours a couple of days a week when they were young. We get more exercise doing household chores, climbing trees and playing backyard...

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Exercising and playing sport in the warmer months

As we move from the cooler to the warmer months, we start to consider the impact that the heat can have on the way our body functions when we play sport. However, it should be acknowledged that heat illness can occur even in the cooler weather, after exercising for more than 45 minutes at high intensity. What temperatures should we be concerned about? The guidelines for exercising in the heat suggest that 26-30 degrees produce a moderate to high risk...

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Shoulder Instability

What is it? Shoulder instability is a term used to describe a weakness in the structures of the shoulder that keep the joint stable, often leading to frequent dislocations. As one of the most flexible joints in the body, the shoulder maintains stability through a balance of support between the dynamic structures (muscles and tendons) and static structures (ligaments and joint shape). Shoulder instability typically occurs in one of two directions, anterior (forward) or posterior (backwards), anterior instability or dislocations...

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What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition affecting the joint capsule of the shoulder. It is characterised by inflammation of the capsule, leading to pain and stiffness with shoulder movements.  Frozen shoulder is categorised as either primary or secondary. Primary frozen shoulder occurs for no clear reason, while secondary frozen shoulder develops following an injury or surgery of the joint. Frozen shoulder usually follows a typical pattern and can be separated into three stages, freezing, frozen and...

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Plantar Fasciitis

What is it? Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the foot and heel affecting both athletes and members of the general public. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches to the base of the heel and supports the muscles and arch on the base of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes chronically irritated, it is referred to as plantar fasciitis. What are the symptoms? Plantar fasciitis is characterised by pain at the base of...

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