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Background: A hamstring injury is one of the most common types of injury affecting athletes. Despite this, the optimal management of hamstring muscle injuries is not yet defined. The effect of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy on the recovery of hamstring injuries is unclear.

Purpose: To investigate the effect of a single PRP injection in the treatment of grade 2 hamstring muscle injuries.

Study Design: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 2.

Methods: Twenty-eight patients diagnosed with an acute hamstring injury were randomly allocated to autologous PRP therapy combined with a rehabilitation program or a rehabilitation program only. The primary outcome of this study was time to return to play. In addition, changes in pain severity and pain interference scores over time were examined.

Results: Patients in the PRP group achieved full recovery significantly earlier than controls (P = .02). The mean time to return to play was 42.5 6 20.6 days in the control group and 26.7 6 7.0 days in the PRP group. Significantly lower pain severity scores were observed in the PRP group throughout the study. However, no significant difference in the pain interference score was found between the 2 groups.

Conclusion: A single autologous PRP injection combined with a rehabilitation program was significantly more effective in treating hamstring injuries than a rehabilitation program alone.

Keywords: muscle injury; management; platelet-rich plasma (PRP); return to play.

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Background: The incidence of acute hamstring injuries is high in several sports, including the different forms of football.

Purpose: The authors investigated the preventive effect of eccentric strengthening of the hamstring muscles using the Nordic hamstring exercise compared with no additional hamstring exercise on the rate of acute hamstring injuries in male soccer players.

Study Design: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 1.

Methods: Fifty Danish male professional and amateur soccer teams (942 players) were allocated to an intervention group (461 players) or a control group (481 players). Players in the intervention group conducted a 10-week progressive eccentric training program followed by a weekly seasonal program, whereas players in the control group followed their usual training program. The main outcome measures were numbers of overall, new, and recurrent acute hamstring injuries during 1 full soccer season.

Results: Fifty-two acute hamstring injuries in the control group compared with 15 injuries in the intervention group were registered. Comparing intervention versus the control group, overall acute hamstring injury rates per 100 player seasons were 3.8 versus 13.1 (adjusted rate ratio [RR], 0.293; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.150-0.572; P\.001). New injury rates per 100 player seasons were 3.1 versus 8.1 (RR, 0.410; 95% CI, 0.180-0.933; P = .034), whereas recurrent injury rates per 100 player seasons were 7.1 versus 45.8 (RR, 0.137; 95% CI, 0.037-0.509; P = .003). Number needed to treat [NNT] to prevent 1 acute hamstring injury (new or recurrent) is 13 (95% CI, 9-23) players. The NNT to prevent 1 new injury is 25 (95% CI, 15-72) players, and NNT to prevent 1 recurrent injury is 3 (95% CI, 2-6) players.

Conclusion: In male professional and amateur soccer players, additional eccentric hamstring exercise decreased the rate of overall, new, and recurrent acute hamstring injuries.

Keywords: hamstring; strain; prevention; eccentric training

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Recently, I crashed my road bike and sustained severe fractures of my pelvis and right hip joint. Some of the guys who witnessed the accident commented that I did not seem to have fallen hard enough to have suffered such bad injuries. As a medical doctor, I have been aware that there is an association between doing non-weight-bearing sport and the potential for developing osteoporosis (#). Given my passion for cycling over the last 30 of my 44years (to the exclusion of any other sport) and considering the ease with which my bones broke, I thought it wise to have my bone density (€) checked. Unfortunately, my suspicions were confirmed. The results showed that I have osteoporosis of my spine and osteopenia (¥) of my hips which is a common pattern in cyclists. Although I was aware of the association between non-weight-bearing sport and osteoporosis, it was not until I read the up-to-date medical research that I appreciated just how significant this problem really is. Cyclists have such a great risk of becoming osteoporotic that this ought to be common knowledge.

There are surprisingly few studies that examine the potential for osteoporosis in cyclists and all of them have been conducted quite recently. This may explain why there is such a lack of awareness of the problem, even amongst health care professionals. What follows is a summary of the available research with some salient points about bone physiology.

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Total hip replacement and total knee replacement are among the most successful and common surgical procedures in orthopaedics. These operations were traditionally reserved for older, sedentary patients. However, these are now being increasingly performed in patients expecting to return to athletic activities...

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Worldwide, low back pain (LBP) is an extremely common and economically costly condition. Although most symptoms subside by 3 months, chronic LBP (ie, pain lasting>3 months) is emotionally and economically taxing on patients and health care systems. Evidence-based clinical guidelines have suggested various interventions for the prevention and treatment of LBP. To this end, lumbar belts are commonly used for therapeutic and preventive purposes in clinical practice. However, the mechanism of action of lumbar belts in the prevention and treatment of LBP is still uncertain. Although evidence indicates that lumbar belts are not effective in reducing muscle fatigue and low back injuries, Cholewicki et al showed that wearing lumbar belts can increase lumbar stability and suggested that this outcome might explain the preventive and therapeutic role of lumbar belts for patients with LBP.

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Biomechanical evaluation and intervention is regularly incorporated into the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Alterations in kinetic and kinematic factors can be identified and addressing such factors can improve pain and function.

Greater magnitude and velocity of navicular drop has been associated with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. Hip adduction and internal rotation is predictive of pain severity in Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.

Similarly, those with poor outcomes post injury or surgery may demonstrate altered mechanics when compared with those with good outcomes or with the uninvolved limb. Those with patella tendinopathy reduce motion at the knee but exhibit increases at the hip during hopping activities. Following ACL repair, those with poorer outcomes similarly demonstrate meaningful assymmetries at the hip. Other factors such as fatigue can result in considerable changes even within a single event. Runners pre and post half marathon demonstrated a bilateral increase in navicular drop of 5mm and hamstring injuries often occur late in matches suggesting that fatigue may play a role....

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I have just completed my 6th Comrades Marathon in a time of 8:38, and a big part of the run has been geared towards raising much needed funds for the Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged, which is based in Lamontville.

This is an exceptionally worthy campaign, which will enable the Home to continue with the invaluable work that they do in caring for the abused and neglected elderly people who reside there, and restoring their grace and dignity, as they have done for the past 54 years.

The funds that have been raised so far are now just over the R66 000 mark, and being "cursed" with the sportsman's competitive and goal orientated streak, I'd dearly love to end the campaign off by topping the R70 000 mark. Consequently, I am making one last appeal to everyone that I know to give what they can to help me achieve this. No amount is too big or too small and I hope that, cumulatively, we'll be able to raise the additional R3000 plus that is needed.

The Home is a registered PBO and , consequently, any contribution that you make is tax deductible.

Thanks so much for the interest that you have shown and if you, or any of your colleagues, do decide to make a contribution, I'd appreciate it if you could email me details of it at grantc@nsg.co.za so that we can account to the Home at the end of the campaign . Should you require a tax certificate in respect of your donation, please email me your request in this regard, and I'll be happy to arrange for it to be sent to you.

For the sake of convenience, the Home's bank details are:

Name: Issy Geshen Lamont Home
Bank: First National Bank
Account No: 62028136853
Account Type: Current or Cheque
Branch Code: Mobeni (221026)
Reference: Comrades + Cummings, alternatively, your name / your company name



Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Yours sincerely
Grant Cummings

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A Hatrick for SASMA!

For the 3rd year in a row, the SASMA edition of BJSM has won the “Cover of the Year” award. The cover featured SA’s MTN Qhubeka Pro Cycling Team.

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Peerbooms JC, Sluimer J, Bruijn DJ, Gosens T.

Positive effect of an autologous platelet concentrate in lateral epicondylitis in a double-blind randomized controlled trial: platelet-rich plasma versus corticosteroid injection with a 1-year follow-up.

Am J Sports Med. 2010 Feb;38(2):255-62. doi: 10.1177/0363546509355445

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Krogh TP, Fredberg U, Stengaard-Pedersen K, Christensen R, Jensen P, Ellingsen T.

Treatment of lateral epicondylitis with platelet-rich plasma, glucocorticoid, or saline: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Am J Sports Med. 2013 Mar;41(3):625-35. doi: 10.1177/0363546512472975. Epub 2013 Jan 17.

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Courtesy of the Thera-Band Academy, February 24, 2014

Myofascial foam rolling has become a popular tool as part of both warm-up and cool down prior to activity. Despite its popularity, little research has been performed on the mechanisms or efficacy of foam rolling.

Researchers at Memorial University in Canada have led the way with the first published studies on the effectiveness of foam rolling. In 2013, they published a paper in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that found as little as 2 minutes of foam rolling on the quadriceps muscle increased knee range of motion by 10%, which was significantly more than a control group. In addition, they showed the immediate increase in flexibility did not affect muscle performance. These findings suggest foam rolling can increase range of motion as effectively as muscle stretching without the immediate decrease in performance seen with static stretching as part of a warm-up.

More recently, the Memorial University researchers published a paper in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise on the effects of foam rolling after intense physical activity as a recovery tool. The researchers wanted to investigate the effectiveness of foam rolling on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and identify potential mechanisms of action.

They randomly assigned 20 healthy males with strength training experience to either a foam-rolling group or to a control group. Both groups performed squats to induce DOMS in their legs. The foam-rolling group then performed 5 different rolling techniques on their anterior, lateral, posterior, medial thigh, and gluteal muscles. They performed each of the 5 exercises on both legs for 60 seconds each, for a total of about 20 minutes.

Foam rolling substantially reduced muscle soreness while also increasing range of motion compared to the control group. In addition, the foam-rolling subjects had improved vertical jump and muscle activation levels compared to the controls. In contrast, the control group suffered substantial deficits in muscle performance.

Because there were no effects on isolated muscle function with the foam rolling, the researchers suggested that foam rolling might affect the neurological system and connective tissue more than the muscle itself. DOMS is thought to result from damage to connective tissue with resultant inflammation.

In conclusion, the researchers stated, "The improved recovery rate in muscle soreness in the foam rolling group signifies that foam rolling is an effective tool to treat DOMS."

REFERENCE: Macdonald GZ, et al. Foam rolling as a recovery tool after an intense bout of physical activity. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Jan;46(1):131-42.

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Courtesy of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Authors: Shakeri H, Keshavarz R, Arab AM, Ebrahimi I

Background: Kinesiological taping (KT) is commonly used to improve symptoms associated with musculoskeletal disorders. However,
review of the literature revealed minimal evidence to support the use of KT in treatment of shoulder disorders and controversy exists regarding the effect of KT in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS).

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of KT on pain intensity during movement, pain experienced during the night (nocturnal pain), and pain-free shoulder range of motion (ROM) immediately after taping, after three days and after one week, in patients with SIS.

Design: Randomized, Double blinded, Placebo-controlled design.

Participants: A total of 30 patients with SIS participated in this study. Patients were assigned randomly to a control (N = 15) and
an experimental group (N = 15).

Methods: The patients in the experimental group received a standardized therapeutic KT. The standardized, placebo neutral KT
was applied for control group. KT was applied two times with a three day interval, remaining on during the 3 day interval. Both groups followed the same procedures. Pain-free active ROM during shoulder abduction, flexion, and elevation in the scapular plane was measured. Visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain intensity during movement or nocturnal pain and was assessed at baseline, immediately after KT, after three days, and one week after KT.

Results: The result of repeated measures ANOVA showed a significant change in pain level during movement, nocturnal pain, and
pain-free ROM (p = 0.000) after KT in the experimental group. In the ANCOVA, controlling for pre-test scores, change in pain level at
movement (p = 0.009) and nocturnal pain (p = 0.04) immediately after KT was significantly greater in the experimental group than in control group. There was no significant difference in ROM measures (p > 0.05) between groups immediately after KT. No significant differences were found between the two groups in the after one week measurements of pain intensity and shoulder ROM.

Conclusion: The KT produces an immediate improvement in the pain intensity at movement and nocturnal pain in patients with SIS.

Level of Evidence: 1

Key Words: Kinesiological taping, pain, range of motion, shoulder impingement

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Since its inception at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the marathon has gained popularity with participation rising from an estimated 143,000 US marathon finishers in 1980 to a record high of 507,000 during 2010 (11,17). Because regular exercise promotes health (2), the concept of death during a marathon is unsettling.

The vast majority of marathon deaths are caused by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), defined as the sudden termination of cardiac activity with hemodynamic failure (3). Most victims of exercise-related SCA have no premonitory symptoms (18). Autopsy reports have shown that 65%–70% of all adult sudden cardiac deaths (SCDs) are attributable to CAD, 10% are due to other structural heart diseases (e.g., hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, congenital coronary anomalies), 5%–10% are due to primary cardiac conduction disorders such as prolonged QT and ion channel disorders, and the remainder are due to noncardiac etiologies (4–7,19).

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There is a growing ergonomic trend that workstations should be height adjustable. This allows the user to be able to work in either a sitting or a standing position, thereby reducing the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

While it is certainly true that sitting for long periods of time is not easy on the body, recent research has indicated that sit-to-stand ergonomic workstations are not necessarily the answer.

Standing certainly reduces the load through the lumber spine when compared to sitting, and it requires about 20% more energy (and burns 20% more calories). However, it is also more tiring and increases the risk of varicose veins. When going from sitting to standing, the height of the monitor should also change and be made higher because if left at the same height as when used in a seated posture, the result will be prolonged neck flexion while standing and working.

In field studies conducted by Cornell University, it was found that users work standing for very short periods of time - 15 minutes or less per day. Other studies that Cornell University reported on found that the use of sit-to-stand workstations rapidly declines so that after just 1 month the majority of people are sitting all the time.

There is a reason we sit to work, sitting helps to stabilise the body so it is the easiest position in which to type, drive, write, etc. That is why Cornell University also quotes on studies showing that treadmill and bicycle workstations decrease computer work performance. Typing and mousing are slower and significantly more mistakes are made if you are walking or pedalling at the same time.

At Ergotherapy we continue to be governed by what is practical and what is easy for people to implement. We have always said that if compliance is poor, then the solution is wrong. The answer is tosit comfortably, well supported and relaxed. And to not let an hour go by without doing something that involves a change in posture – a walk to the canteen or printer, or a phone call while standing up at least.

Get comfortable at your workstation, and get into the habit of building frequent movement into your work day.


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WOULD YOU LIKE CLEAR VISION…… without glasses or contact lenses?
TRY ORTHO K!

What is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology (Ortho K) is also known as corneal refractive therapy (CRT). It is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure that eliminates the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses. It works by gently reshaping your eyes while you sleep using specially designed therapeutic contact lenses. The lenses are inserted at bedtime, and on awaking and removing the lenses, you will have clear, sharp, vision for your waking hours.

It is safe and effective treatment and can correct near-sightedness (including high prescriptions), farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (blurred near vision). It is a safer alternative to LASIK for those who don’t want to take the risk of refractive surgery.

Contact lenses in general are very effective and have many advantages over glasses for sport, not just from the practical point of view but for visual reasons too.

In order to excel in sports, having the most acute vision possible is always a strong advantage. The type of vision correction you use as an athlete also should be extra safe so you don't run the risk of incurring eye injuries - especially during rough sports.

It’s important to consider one’s specific visual requirements for sport and identify any need for eye protection. OrthoK offers suitable sportsmen and women a stable visual correction to help enhance their performance.

 

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I would like to thank everyone at KPSMC who have supported, treated, trained, advised, massaged, consoled and mostly befriended and believed in me the past 2 years. Without your support, I wouldn't have achieved my big goal and I certainly might not even have been running. Thanks everyone!!!!!!

Two years ago, for various reasons, injury being the most debilitating reason, I thought I won't be able to run and compete ever again. I started with rehab and treatment and was encouraged to enter the 35km SA Long Distance Trail Running Champs that took place at Jonkershoek Mountain, Stellenbosch this past weekend. This is what happened:

Perfect weather greeted us at the start on Sunday and I was shivering uncontrollably, being quite apprehensive about the event, knowing that the 2000m elevation gain happens in the first 20km and that most of the trail will be on highly technical, mountainous terrain. That is not what I'm used to, coming from the sandy Ballito. I can say now that those trails I ran on Sunday made Giba Gorge look like a flat manicured highway in comparison!

The first 100m of the race was flat jeeptrack, then it went onto more technical, mountainous, rocky single track going up…..and up……and up……..until we were so high that we could see over Stellenbosch to the sea. The views were totally breathtaking and I did spend a moment admiring the mountains, but only until the first young gazelle came bouncing past me, as if I was standing still. I was carefully picking my way, taking care not to fall and break any 50-year old bones! She made me remember that this is the SA champs and I have to run if I want to feature! Then it was head down, concentrate and run. Through the pristine forests and mountains I went, going up and down until my legs cramped and falling seems compulsory because the leg muscles have morphed into jelly. My lungs were on fire, my legs wobbled, my eyes watered, but all the years of running Comrades, hanging in at the end when everything is sore taught me to byt vas and RUN. Which is what I did, and it felt so good! When I heard the announcers, the euphoria set in, my arms pumped, my legs started working again and I think I even managed an increase in pace to the end!

I didn't catch the gazelles, but I managed to win my age group in a time of 4.34:21, finishing 11th lady overall. The ladies winning time was 3.37:17, by Katya Soggot, from Cape Town. The Dusi winner, Robyn Kime, was 2nd in 3:46:07, followed by Anita O'Brien in 3:58:03.

The event was organised by Wildrunner and included a 21km and 10km trail run. Results can be found on www.jonkershoekmountainchallenge.co.za

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Pilates was developed by a man named ‘Joseph Pilates’ in the early 20th Century. Joseph was a ‘sickly’ child and as a result became obsessed with body image. He grew up in Germany and developed a strict fitness regime founded on some yoga principles and based on the ‘art of contrology *’ and mind body connection.

He spent time during the war training men in self defence as well as working very closely with ‘Rudolf von Laban’ a famous dance instructor. He later moved to New York where he set up a fitness studio shared with the New York City Ballet. It was here that he attracted elite athletes and movie stars and the ‘Pilates’ revolution began.

*Contrology is “the science & art of co-ordinated body mind spirit development through natural movements under strict control of the will”

Connection is about the mind body connection. Allowing the smaller muscles to develop a ‘brain’ the concept is that if the muscles have never been used, by sending a message with your brain, they will eventually obey your mind.

Pilates focuses on 6 basic principles (control, breathing, finding neutral, concentration, flow & Precision)

Breathing is taught to maximise abdominal control and strength. It is co-ordinated with the movement.

The basis for ALL exercise and good posture stems from Pilates principle of ‘engaging the core’ or activating the ‘powerhouse.’ Your spine is protected by a ‘corset’ of muscles that act to protect the spine. This band of muscles acts to compress the structures around the spine allowing stability. If these muscles are weak, you are much more susceptible to suffering from low back pain or any other injury for that matter.

Pilates is a holistic form of exercise focusing on creating length through stability. It is an EXCELLENT form of exercise and although needs to be done in conjunction with cardiovascular exercise, I HIGHLY recommend Pilates to all.

Pilates can be done by ANYONE and it is versatile, adaptive and fun for all ages, body types and excellent for injury prevention and rehabilitation. From my experience as a physiotherapist I have personally treated and trained numerous people who have been told by surgeons that they need back surgery, join 6 weeks of Pilates and walk away feeling pain free, stronger, taller and more flexible than before. ( Previously sedentary people.)

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Exams are a stressful time for any teenager. They have to juggle usual school hours, extramural and sporting commitments, as well as family activities with dedicated revision time. Finding time to eat well-balanced, nutritious meals in between all of this is a further challenge, which many children do not prioritise.

They tend to eat when they are hungry and eat whatever is available. As a parent or carer you can help out by ensuring that when foods are eaten by your child, that these are healthy and nutritious. In doing so you will help to remove additional pressure.

The teenage years are a period of growth, with girls reaching the end of their pubertal growth spurt by the age of seventeen and boys by the age of eighteen or nineteen. Not only do they need to eat appropriately to meet their day to day nutritional requirements and to support this rapid period of growth, but also to fuel the many sports children compete in at this age. During an exam period the nutritional requirements of teens are elevated even further, as mental concentration levels increase and stress levels reach a peak. It can sometimes be a challenge to meet these high requirements through a balanced, nutritious intake. Overcoming this challenge can help children to excel and achieve both mentally and physically.

The brain relies on glucose (carbohydrate) for energy; it cannot function on anything else. Therefore to maintain concentration levels for a sustained period, as during a time of revision, maintaining stable blood glucose levels is paramount.

We burn glucose through day to day activities, playing sport and thinking. The three meals we eat per day are integral in ensuring that our glucose stores are kept replenished. The end of a busy school day, when children have invariably used up their glucose stores, is generally when the studying begins. If they are ‘running on empty’ it is unlikely that they will be able to maintain concentration levels for very long or get the most out of their revision time.

The questions generally asked are; What is a good breakfast? Does my child need snacks? Are the meals I prepare balanced?

Generally children will need three meals per day plus two to three small snacks in between these meals. The more active children are, the more they need to eat. The key is to provide fresh foods and stay away from processed foods or convenience foods. The latter are high in sugar and/or fat as well as preservatives/ colourants/ flavourants and can have a poor nutritional value. The danger with these foods is that they do not provide a sustained blood glucose release; instead they promote a sharp rise in blood glucose levels followed by a rapid drop. Foods high in various additives can cause fatigue and poor concentration levels in sensitive children. These effects are undesirable in children especially if they are playing sports and even more so when they are attempting to study and learn for exams.

Meals should preferably be prepared at home from fresh ingredients. They should be based on low GI starchy carbohydrates, and include vegetables, salad or fruit as well as lean protein. Snacks need to be low in fat and sugar and high in fibre. See table 1 for some snack ideas. By preparing foods yourself you have control over the ingredients and preparation methods. Relying on processed or convenience foods often renders us completely naive as to our dietary intake and we are swayed by slogans such as, ‘baked not fried’ or ‘lower in fat’ or ‘part of your 5 a day’ or ‘no added sugar’ and so on and so forth.

Looking into the use of the glycemic index can also be beneficial. Foods with a low glycemic index are useful to include as they provide a desirable sustained blood glucose release. There are various ways that these can be incorporated into a child’s diet.

As this is a period of growth dietary restrictions should be discouraged unless there are presenting food allergies or intolerances. A child should be encouraged to eat to their appetite, provided the foods chosen are fresh, wholesome foods as opposed to the frequently preferred ‘junk’ food (e.g. chips, chocolates, pastries, sweets and take aways).

General healthy eating advice can be applied to the majority of children, however it is important to be aware that individual requirements do vary. Dietary intakes can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual child depending on their activity level, age, stage of development and growth trends.

What about supplements?

For children in their teenage years, provided they are able to consume an adequately balanced diet to meet their requirements, there is no need to include a form of nutritional supplement. Should your child need to exclude a food group from their diet for medical reasons e.g. dairy allergy, or should they be unable to maintain a desirable growth trend on food intake alone, then a supplement may be warranted. Even during exams, a well planned diet can be ample to sustain concentration levels.

A paediatric dietitian is specialised in assessing and evaluating a child’s nutritional requirements taking all of the above into consideration. They can then advise accordingly to ensure, first and foremost, that an adequate growth pattern is maintained and that children meet their overall nutritional requirements to help them achieve their full potential.

Snack ideas

- Low fat yoghurt, flavoured milk or drinking yoghurt
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Fruit smoothies made with low fat milk
- Whole wheat crackers/ biscuits with low fat cheese, humous or guacamole
- Whole wheat toast with peanut butter, low fat cheese, avocado or fish paste
- Raw vegetable sticks with low fat cottage cheese, humous or guacamole
- High fibre cereal and yoghurt bars
- Milo, Horlicks or Ovaltine made with low fat milk
- Plain, salted nuts
- Low fat milk with digestive biscuits

Kerryn Gibson – Dietitian: Paediatric & Sport Nutrtion
- Email: gibsondietetics@gmail.com
- Cell: 082 574 2730
- Rooms: 031-3033 874
- Twitter: @DurbanDietitian

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Dylan Kerr - Coach of the National Thailand Soccer Team

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Bridgitte Hartley saying goodbye as she left for the London Olympics a few weeks ago

Dr. Stuart Clifton
M.Tech (Chiro) SA
Chiropractor

Well the London Olympics are a month away. For Bridgitte Hartley, as she winds her training in the next few weeks down it's been a far longer journey than that. Having qualified at the ICF World Championships in September 2011, Bridgitte started her Olympic build up in November last year, and has lead a largely solo journey to the Olympics since then. She has spent weeks corresponding with her coach in a different country and apart from the odd session has spent hours in solitude on the water as there simply isn't anyone good enough and willing to train hard enough to keep her company


As a fellow paddler who knows how hard she works, and as a Sports Chiropractor, who knows what it takes to get into the tip top physical condition that gets and athlete within shouting distance of an Olympic final and hopefully a medal, I wish her all the very best. Hopefully her visits to the Chiro office at KPSMC have helped along the way (and I'm sure there are others who have helped too), but most of the credit must go to Bridgitte herself.

Bridgitte's 500m K1 Woman's final is on Aug 9th- that's Woman's day! Here's to hoping it's a good omen for a South African to be be competing for Olympic glory on that day.

Hamba Kahle Bridgitte. There will be lots of people willing you on back home.
Paddle hard, race well, and most of all enjoy every minute of it!






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The stressful lives we lead in the 21st century lead us to be under all sorts of pressure. Our blood pressure is in fact a measure of our health and why not look into a drug free way of reducing this?

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Email me on natsrob@gmail.com for any questions and to book a check up as soon as possible.

Yours in health
Dr Natalie Robertson
DC MCASA

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For every inch that the head moves forward in posture, it increases the weight of the head on the neck by 10 pounds!

In the example to the left a forward neck posture of 3 inches increases the weight of the head on the neck by 30 pounds and the pressure put on the muscles increases 6 times.

Poor neck posture leads to a Forward Head Position which is one of the most common causes of neck, head and shoulder tension and pain. This can be a result of injuries like sprains and strains of the neck leading to weak neck muscles, poor sleeping positions and the illustrated examples of driving stress, computer neck, couch neck and readers neck along with improper breathing habits.

Long term abnormal neck posture leads to muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, pinched nerves and instability. Poor health can result from stretching of the spinal cord. A major part of head, neck, jaw and shoulder pain is due to poor posture.

The extra pressure on the neck from altered posture flattens the normal curve of the cervical spine resulting in abnormal strain of muscles, ligaments, bones and joints of the neck causing the joints to deteriorate faster than normal resulting in degenerative joint disease or neck arthritis as indicated in an article published in the Spine Journal, recognized internationally as the leading journal in its field and the leading subspecialty journal for the treatment of spinal disorders, 1986;6:591-694.

The effects of poor posture go far beyond just looking awkward. In fact according to the January 1994 issue of the American Journal of Pain Management, Posture and function are related in that poor posture is evident in patients with chronicpain related conditions including lower back pain, neck related headaches and stress-related illnesses. Posture affects and moderates every function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by poor posture.


Some Common Causes of Poor Neck Posture:

 

 

 


Driving Stress


Computer Neck


Couch Neck


Readers Neck

Correction of poor neck posture is key to stopping and reversing the decay and degenerative disc disease that neck structures undergo and the pain that can result including neck pain, headaches and pain between the shoulders. When the spinal tissues are subject to significant pressure for long periods of time, they deform and undergo a remodeling in which these changes can become permanent. This is why it takes time and a concerted effort using multiple techniques to correct the poor neck posture condition.

Awareness of the correct neck and shoulder posture is the beginning of correction. Do the wall test shown above. You can check someone you care about by standing straight and having them look up at the ceiling, down at the floor and then straight ahead. Picture an imaginary line through the center of the shoulder and up to the head.

The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1994 9(1):19-23 in an article regarding the relationship of changes in neck posture in patients with neck pain; as neck pain patients had the normal neck curve restored over a twelve week period, improvements were noted in all measurements of clinical symptoms. The patient's improvement as indicated by the Visual Analog Scale and Pain.

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It completed a magnificent double for the A side who earlier this year won a similar tournament in Bangladesh. It means that they have now beaten their counterparts from Bangladesh, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and have, more importantly, done it under Asian sub-continent conditions.

With Van Wyk leading the way the South African win was never in doubt. He smashed 136 runs off 108 balls with 16 fours and 2 sixes to make sure that the run rate was always above 6 to the over in pursuit of a target of 252.

Bad weather interfered with the match with Sri Lanka, who won the toss, being restricted to 47 overs and South Africa to 44.

In the end South Africa reached their target in 40.5 overs to win with 19 balls to spare.

Van Wyk was well supported by his partners. He and Stiaan van Zyl put on 96 for the first wicket in 13 overs; then Colin Ingram helped add 75 for the second wicket in another 13 overs; and David Miller an unbroken 64 for the fourth wicket in 9 overs.

Ironically the only batsman to fail was Dean Elgar – his only failure of the entire tour – and it cost him the honour of being the leading runs scorer in the tournament. That went to Van Wyk who finished the series with an average in excess of 130.

The bowlers also played their part in restricting the Sri Lankan total although they could not stop Test opener Tharanga Paranavitana from scoring his second successive century (108 off 126 balls with 10 fours and a six).

The key moment came when Vernon Philander took 2 wickets in 4 balls and he finished with the outstanding figures of /39.

Philander took 8 wickets in the tournament while Rusty Theron finished the leading wicket-taker with 9.

On returning to South Africa four players have been included in the Protea squad for their upcoming tours: Theron, Ingram, Kuhn and Miller.

Cricket South Africa

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World Marathon Champs 2010- Canoeing

The last week in September sees the last big international Canoeing event of the year.

The Spanish will be hosting the World Marathon Champs.

Hoping to better his bronze medal from last year and regain the World Title he won in 2008 will be Ant Stott.

This year paddling with Graeme Solomon, Ant has been looked after by Stu Clifton and reckons they are up for a medal.

Wayne Wilson will also be in National colours in the Subvet category

By Dr. Stuart Clifton – Chiropractor

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Comrades 2010... So close to GOLD!

Prodigal Kumalo of Mr Price athletic has been under the care of Stu Clifton since March.

His Comrades went brilliantly, coming from ouside the top 20 in Kloof to finish in 11th position.

Well done Prodigal. Hope it goes at least one better next year.

Pic of Prodigal and Stuart the day before the race having completed last minute preps

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Lamontville Golden Arrows Football Club, nicknamed Abafana Bes’thende, was founded in 1943, bought in 1996 by the Ntokozo franchise.

Under the management and guidance of Mato Madlala and head coach Manqoba Mngqithi, Golden Arrows had secured a high 5th place finish in the 2008/2009 ABSA PSL.

Golden Arrows Football Club invests in developing the youth of soccer. In July 2009 the under 15 side competed in a tournament in the USA.

All sides from the PSL squad to under 13 level receive professional injury management and advise at Kings Park Sports Medicine Centre.

By Vibhav Singh – Team Physiotherapist

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Comrades 2010

With Comrades just around the corner, there are many of you out there who have been pushing out big mileage in preparation for the big day. Our very own madman, Stuart Clifton will be on the start line this year hoping to make it to Kingsmead in under 10 hours.

We at KPSMC would like to wish all of you the smoothest of preparation and the best of luck on the 30th of May. And always remember, the KPSMC are here to help you get through any of those niggles that might be hampering your training.

 

pictured: Kevin from DHSOB and Stuart on the DHSOB long run

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SA A end Tour on a High
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Saturday, 15 May 2010

Temperament proved to be the key for South Africa A as they lifted the Tri-Series Trophy with a brilliant five-run win in the Final against West Indies A in Dhaka on Friday. The team peaked at the perfect time, after losing consecutive matches to the West Indies in the round-robin stages.

“We always knew that a big total would be needed in order for us to feel comfortable and the collective effort from the batsmen, led by Rilee’s (Rossouw) brilliant 80 off just 64 balls made it easier for our bowlers to attack. This was the game that mattered after we came short against them in the group stages and I’m delighted by the temperament the players showed to hold on to a tight win and the series win,” said coach Russell Domingo.

The Tri-Series tournament ended a successful tour for the squad, who also won the two unofficial test matches against Bangladesh A. The four weeks have been a stern test of character for the players and the results give a strong indication of the strength in the pool of cricketers below the Proteas.

“Preparation has been tough under extremely hot and humid conditions. It was a big adjustment for players as many of them have never played cricket in weather conditions such as these.

“This experience has certainly helped the younger guys and has been a wonderful learning experience for them, this is a great feather in their cricketing career. I’ve been impressed by how everyone has played. We had a talented squad on tour and they showed a tough attitude under challenging conditions.”

The most encouraging pointers to take from the tour will be the success of the younger batsmen coming through at Franchise level. Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Stiaan van Zyl and David Miller passed with flying colours on a tour which was for most, their first experience of cricket on the sub-continent. Ingram scored the most runs in the Limited-Overs Series (220) followed by Miller (195) and Van Zyl (189).

Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker with nine wickets received valuable game-time ahead of joining the Proteas in the Caribbean for the Series against the West Indies starting on Wednesday. He was the pick of the South African seamers, in a bowling attack that was depleted by the injuries to Johan van der Wath, Vernon Philander and Quinton Friend. Spinners Paul Harris, Thandi Tshabalala and Dean Elgar excelled in spin-friendly conditions throughout the tour and played well together to form an attacking partnership in South Africa’s bowling line-up which was short of pace upfront.

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“Yesterday is history, today is a gift – that is why it is called the present – and tomorrow is a mystery” was one of the favourite quotes of former Proteas’ coach, the late Bob Woolmer.

The present is very much in the hands of Graeme Smith, Corrie van Zyl and the rest of the Standard Bank Pro20squad when they leave for the West Indies on Saturday in another attempt to win a major ICC title.

But tomorrow may not be quite such a mystery with the departure of the South Africa A side and the SA Academy squad on their respective tours of Bangladesh on Monday 19 April 2010.

The A side – effectively a South African 2nd XI – play two four-day matches against Bangladesh A and then take part in a triangular ODI series (4 round robin matches and a possible final) that also features West Indies A.

“South African cricket is embarking on an exciting expedition into the sub-continent when the SA A team and the SA Academy tour Bangladesh,” commented CEO CSA Gerald Majola.

“The importance of these tours cannot be over-stated because the outcome will impact meaningfully on the future of South African cricket.

“These squads represent the next two rungs below the Proteas’ and we are confident that they will produce collective and individual performances that will improve the standard of cricket even further at the highest level.

“They will be responsible for the next big push upwards as South African cricket strives to get to the top in all forms of the game and stay there.

“What is most heartening is to see that these squads are representative of most regions in South Africa, which means that our pipeline with its emphasis on striving for excellence is working well.

“It is also encouraging that a player like Thami Tsolekile has come through all the junior and senior levels of our system and now captains both SA A squads.

“The SA Academy team is particularly representative of the country’s demographics, and shows that CSA is on the right path to making cricket a truly national team of winners.

“CSA congratulates all the players in both teams on their selection and is confident that they will do their nation proud,” concluded Mr. Majola.

“I feel that we have a very strong squad,” commented South Africa A coach Russell Domingo. “What really excites me is the balance. We have plenty of international experience on board in the likes of Thami Tsolekile, Alviro Petersen, Paul Harris, Morne van Wyk and Johannes van der Wath.

“At the other end of the scale we have the best grouping of young batsmen to have emerged for some time. Dean Elgar, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Stiaan van Zyl and Jonathan Vandiar have all had excellent seasons and they represent the next generation of our batsmen.

“The seniors will know what to expect both in terms of the standard of play and the sub-continent conditions and I am confident that the youngsters will push them hard.”

The 35-year-old Domingo has previous experience of the sub-continent, having been there with the South African under-19 team five years ago. “They are moving into the middle of summer now, so it is going to be pretty hot.”

As a coach he does not intend to do things anything differently from the route that has brought him success in the Eastern Cape with the Chevrolet Warriors. “I am not a dictator who knows all the answers. I prefer to stay in the background and encourage the players to take responsibility for their own performances.

“I am a great believer in getting a balance between being relaxed and not putting too much pressure on yourself. That is one of the aspects that has seen Colin Ingram emerge as such an exciting prospect this season,” he said of the Warriors’ left-hander whose career has taken off over the last six months.

South Africa A four-day squad:

Thami Tsolekile (bizhub Highveld Lions, capt), Dean Elgar (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Quinton Friend (Nashua Dolphins), Paul Harris (Nashua Titans), Heino Kuhn (Nashua Titans), Ethy Mbhalati (Nashua Titans), Alviro Petersen (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Thandi Tshabalala (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Johannes van der Wath (Diamond Eagles), Jonathan Vandiar (bizhub Highveld Lions), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Cape Cobras).

South Africa A one-day squad:

Thami Tsolekile (bizhub Highveld Lions, capt), Ryan Bailey (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Paul Harris (Nashua Titans), Colin Ingram (Chevrolet Warriors), Ethy Mbhalati (Nashua Titans), David Miller (Nashua Dolphins), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Thandi Tshabalala (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Jonathan Vandiar (bizhub Highveld Lions), Johannes van der Wath (Diamond Eagles), Morne van Wyk (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Cape Cobras).

Team management:

Russell Domingo (Head Coach),

Shafiek Abrahams (Manager/assistant Coach),

Vibhav Singh (Physiotherapist),

Greg King (Fitness trainer),

Russell Aspeling (Video analyst),

Johan Cloete (Umpire).

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COAST TO COAST FOR CANSA

Crew Introductions:

Jetski Crew

- Barry Lewin
- Daryll Cullinan
- Jason Ribbink
- Lance Klusener
- Mark Addison
- Russel Symcox – Expedition Leader

Land Support

- Olivia Symcox – Media Director
- Pat Symcox - Consultant
- Sean Willis - Logistics
- Bennie Benson - Logistics
- Rob Evans – Travelling Media Liaison


C2C4C - Overview

On 20 April 2010, six adventurers on jet ski’s will travel over 2800km’s of South African coastline in order to increase awareness and raise funds for CANSA as part of the Coast 2 Coast 4 CANSA (C2C4C) campaign supported by Spar.

The pilots, Barry Lewin (SA Surfski paddler), Jason Ribbink (SA Surfing & Big Wave Rider), Lance Klusener (SA Cricketer), Daryll Cullinan (SA Cricketer), Mark Addison (Marine Conservationist) and Russel Symcox (Dolphins Cricket) will begin their journey in Ponto De Oura, Mozambique and end at the Orange River on the West Coast border of Namibia.

The 1511 nautical mile journey involves more than just the six-strong “core” jet ski crew, as they will be accompanied by four support vehicles manned by support crew members, medical and safety personnel, a television and media production crew, media liaisons and logistics co-ordinators.

During the journey, the crew will stop over in the major South African cities of Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, and make use of the opportunity to promote Cancer awareness. On these particular stop over days, media interviews with local radio stations and regional or community newspapers will be facilitated through the media liaisons and, with the assistance of CANSA, educational visits to schools, hospitals, clinics and special care facilities will also be organised, all designed to promote awareness about Cancer and draw attention to the objectives of the C2C4C campaign.

For more information and to track the progress of the crew, both in the build-up and throughout the C2C4C campaign, log on to the official website at www.coast2coast4cansa.co.za or visit the CANSA website www.cansa.co.za to get the latest updates, news, pictures and videos.


Objectives

The Coast 2 Coast 4 Cancer (C2C4C) campaign supported by Spar, is an expedition that intends to create awareness and educate about Cancer as well as raise further awareness and funds for CANSA.

“We as the crew wish to encourage all South Africans to have regular medical checks for early Cancer detection, give insight into the possible prevention methods and treatment options and generally promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”

CANSA association

The Cancer Association of South Africa have adopted the C2C4C project as one of their national campaigns for 2010 and will be the sole beneficiary of all the fundraising and awareness. The C2C4C crew will be interfacing with a few of the CANSA offices en-route locations. These will be at a few of the following:

- Richards Bay
- Durban
- East London
- Port Alfred
- Port Elizabeth
- Mossel Bay
- Cape Town
- Kimberley

The C2C4C crew will also be making an appearance at Durban Relay For Life event on 17/18 April 2010 and this will increase exposure amongst CANSA and Cancer survivors.

Events

The main objective of the C2C4C campaign is to create awareness and in order to achieve our objectives we will be attending and facilitating certain events to leverage media exposure and create further interest.

The official launch of the C2C4C campaign will be at SunCoast Casino & Entertainment World in Durban on 9 April 2010. This will be an opportunity for us to invite and interact with media, sponsors and special guests.

An association with the SA Rugby Legends who will also be hosting mini clinic events around the crew’s arrivals and departures at various locations on route and the campaign will also feature on SARLA SuperSport program.

Sharks Rugby have afforded the C2C4C campaign the opportunity to bring the jetski’s and vehicles into the stadium display area for the Sharks v Auckland Blues, Super 14 game on the 24th April in Durban and will be featuring the C2C4C video clip on the big screen before the game and during halftime breaks.

Oakley will be the official eyewear supplier to the C2C4C campaign and in light of this the crew will include a stop-over in Port Alfred to join in the launching of the Oakley Pro Junior which is an international surf event and the campaign will no doubt benefit from the global exposure opportunity.

Through the C2C4C media liaison, various media opportunities have also secured, which include the opportunity to broadcast the C2C4C video clip on the SAA in-flight entertainment segments and in-flight magazines. There are several other secured radio (Darren Scott, East Coast Radio daily update), print media and TV news/sport segments (Etv, SABC and BBC) too. The entire expedition will be filmed and produced into a broadcast package for either SuperSport or other channels after the trip.

Various celebrities including Derek Watts, Rob Louw, John Allan, Wayne Fyvie, Shaun Pollock, Dave Callaghan, Dan Nicholl, Darren Scott and several others are all showing their support by being involved in the campaign on various levels. The C2C4C campaign aims to get a really positive message throughout all of South Africa and make a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer!

The C2C4C crew will also be attending certain sponsors functions and will aim to maximise brand exposure for the valued sponsors throughout the campaign.

There will also be a C2C4C closing function at SunCoast Casino and Entertainment World in Durban upon the crew’s return on 18 May 2010.

Fundraising

The main objective of the C2C4C campaign will be to create the necessary awareness for the campaign but we will also be establishing a few fundraising opportunities. These ventures will not be limited and listed below are just a few examples of what we as the C2C4C crew will be implementing within the campaign:

- Website donations
- Phone pledges
- SMS donations (sms “C2C4C” to 38501 for R10 donation)
- DVD sales
- Book sales
- C2C4C Beaded bracelet sales
- Sponsor donations & presentations
- Memorabilia auctions
- Business sponsorship challenges

Other ideas that need to be further explored are golf days, charity dinners and lucky draws.

Sponsorship

Below are a few of the exposure opportunities sponsors will benefit from by being involved in the C2C4C campaign and the entire crew will try to maximise every opportunity for exposure.

These exposure opportunities will be available to select sponsors and in accordance with sponsorship input values.

- Television & Radio branding
- Print media & press releases
- Website branding and links
- DVD production branding
- Launch function branding
- Landing functions branding
- Final function branding
- Sponsor marketing & PR functions
- Jet ski branding
- Support vehicle branding
- Jet ski trailer branding
- Apparel branding

Sponsorship opportunities and proposals will be compiled for any prospective sponsors. These sponsorship opportunities can be in the form of financial contributions and product supply.

Website

A fully comprehensive website www.coast2coast4cansa.co.za is active and will begin featuring a daily updated blog type entry, pictures and video clips from the days ride.

Sponsors will have links to their site and media will have access to further information. The exact locations, maps and charts will also be available for everyone to follow the crew’s progress.

There will be an online donation link to the CANSA provided facility and all visitors to the web site will be encouraged to donate as much as possible.

C2C4C jet ski crew member and marine conservationist, Mark Addison will be conducting a marine census throughout the trip and a special feature will be included to document any environmental and marine life encounters on route.

The Coast 2 Coast 4 CANSA Facebook group and Twitter pages are also active and regular updates are available.

Contact

For more information about C2C4C, sponsorship and opportunities to get involved, contact expedition leader and event organiser, Russel Symcox +27 83 353 9986 or russ@scottnet.co.za

For further media information and details please contact Olivia Jones Communications, media@oliviajones.co.za or oj@oliviajones.co.za.

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Olympics 2012, just around the corner...

We at KPSMC are very proud that Dr. Stuart Clifton, our Chiropractor, has been asked to play a major part in helping Beijing Olympic Champion Abhinav Bindra prepare towards the London Olympics. Stuart has already visited India twice during 2009 to work with Abhinav, and will again be joining Abhinav prior to the 2010 Commonwealth games during May.

As well as helping Abhinav in his constant battle to prevent injury, Stuart has also built up a substantial training program incorporating co-ordination, core work, flexibility and overall body condition. All in the name of that perfect 10 shot!

Pic is of Abhinav Bindra training

Written by Dr. Stuart Clifton - Chiropractor

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Free Diving With Sharks

Two weekends ago i went free diving with Olivia Symcox from Extreme Sports Angling (ESA); the dive was led by shark diving specialist and shark expert Mark Addison from Blue Wilderness. The experience was amazing. As a surfer I have always been fearfull of sharks, but after freely swimming amongst these predators I have a newfound respect for them. The sharks physiques were beautiful and the way they glided through the water was amazing to just sit back and watch. The black tip sharks were curious of us and yet quite shy of us at the same time. The sharks seemed intimidated by us rather than the other way around and any sudden movement or noise from us would send them scurrying away.


On our way back to shore we spotted and swam with 3 whale sharks. I could not get over the size and yet gentleness of these sharks. They were literally 25ft (7.6m) long buses that you could swim with carefree. Blue Wilderness is situated in Rocky Bay on the South Coast, a mere hour’s drive from Durban. Log onto their website www.bluewilderness.co.za or contact Mark 0833031515 0833031515 for more information on how to go diving with sharks. Email Mark or Gail at info@bluewilderness.co.za

Its never too late to start something and concor your goals!

Written by Lynne Mackey - Biokineticist
Whale shark Pics by Anthony Grote

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Cherine and Shaun Neveling’s hard work and training paying off!

Over the past year i have been working with Shaun to get fit, supple and injury free. Shaun initially came to see me about a shoulder problem and then decided to stick around for my for some surf/core training. Not only did Shaun get back into shape, but he is now doing Iron man’s. Shaun has never competed any iron man races before. In his first Iron Man 70.3 in East London in January this year he came 10th in the age category 30-39, not bad for a first timer. Shaun has been training hard since then for his up and coming Iron Man race in PE. The race involves a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run.

 

His wife Cherine also started training at the medical centre about 6 months ago, is hot in Shaun’s persuit and has achieved highly in her own set aside goal of doing a triathlon. Cherine competed in the Bonita Ultra at midmar a few weekends ago. The triathlon was made up of a 600m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Cherine placed 2cnd in her age category of 30-40yr olds and 7th in the women overall. Cherine’s is also preparing for her next triathlon in hopes of bettering her times.

Its never too late to start something and concor your goals!

Lynne Mackey - Biokineticist

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THANDA DETERMINED TO BOUNCE BACK

Thanda Zulu Royal Football Club has been associated with KPSMC for the last few seasons. In relocating to Durban, Thanda had got its structures in place and presented with a rejuvenated professional outlook, resulting in their association with KPSMC. The management of Thanda wanted optimum physio services to help the team going forward. Unfortunately last season was dismal as the club got relegated from SA’s top soccer league, the PSL. It was disheartening for all involved with the club.

The club is now campaigning in the coastal stream of division 1, known as the Mvela league. Thanda has managed to maintain its professional image by hiring a legend of SA soccer, Mark Fish to head their coaching staff, retained the manager, Paul Mathews and kit manager, Afzal. Having being more than pleased with the outstanding care of team physio Braam Du Toit, they have continued with their partnership with us. Braam had set the standard on exactly how a medical setup within a professional team should be run. Sumeshen Moodley has taken over from Braam on behalf of KPSMC.

Thanda has been working hard during the pre-season signing on players, improving the work ethos of existing players. They have a burning desire to get back into top flight football.

Division 1 requires nerves of steel and a battle driven attitude. Gaining maximum points in league matches is a scrappy dog-fight. Thanda had rudely learnt this the hard way, losing their 1st game of the season at home then battling to 4 successive draws.

After going into the lead in all these games, thanda just weren’t able to hold onto victory, allowing opposing teams to take valueable points away from us. We were unlucky with the draws; fatigue, referee errors, dip in concentration all contributing to Thanda’s inability to turn those drawn games into wins. The mood in the Thanda camp had been tense. KPSMC has expertly dealt with the challengeof keeping all Thanda’s top players healthy, fit and match ready thus far. Finally in week 6, that illusive victory came away from home at Ikapa sporting in Cpt.

The players showed character and desire away from home, together they fought, played for each other with such tenacity bringing much relief to the management, coaches and certainly the physio. We need to continue in this spirit to ensure we are back in the PSL wher we belong. League leaders Bay United travel to KZN to play Thanda on the 17/10/09. a mouth watering clash awaits and could indicate the destiny of both clubs at the end of the season.

KPSMC has been working tirelessly to ensure all Thanda’s top players are injury free and optimally fit for a ‘dog fight’ to top flight football next season

Sumeshen Moodley
Physiotherapist
Kings Park Sports Medicine Center
Thanda Zulu Royal FC team physio

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As sports physiotherapists we will try to perform anything from plyometrics to ice baths to reduce injury and increase performance of an athlete.

The real question is whether the type of stretching we chose to perform before activity will have an affect on the performance and injury levels of our athletes.

STATIC STRETCHING

Many coaches advocate the use of static stretching prior to exercise.
Static stretching involves reaching forward to a point of tension and “holding the stretch”.

Static stretching has been used through out the years for two main reasons:
1. injury prevention
2. performance enhancement

Does static stretching prior to activity achieve the goals of injury prevention and performance enhancement?

Research has shown that static stretching can be detrimental to performance and doesn’t necessarily lead to decreases in injury.

Latest research has shown:

1. There is no difference in the occurrence of injury between those athletes who statically stretched and those who did not.

2. Static stretching has been shown to decrease muscle strength by up to 9% for 60 minutes following the stretch.

3. Static stretching reduced peak force by 5% of Achilles tendon reflex activity and the rate of force production by 8%.

4. Static stretching caused a specific decrease in the specific coordination of explosive movements.

5. Three 15-second stretches of the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf muscles has been show to reduced the peak vertical velocity of a vertical jump.

There is no relationship between static flexibility and dynamic flexibility.
This suggests that an increased static range of motion may not be translated into functional, sport-specific flexibility, which is largely dynamic in most sporting situations.

Static based stretching programs seem best suited following an activity.

In soccer it is vitally important to have explosive muscles that allow a player to jump higher for the winning header or to explode past an opponent to get to the ball quicker.
Almost every movement in soccer is preceded by an eccentric movement. For example, when you run you bend your legs first then explode forward. In jumping you must bend your legs first then jump. Finally, cutting in soccer requires a lot of eccentric power. Wouldn’t it make sense to have optimal power, coordination and eccentric strength to succeed in soccer? If we shouldn’t static stretch before a game or practice then how can we stretch to optimize performance on the field? The answer is dynamic stretching.

DYNAMIC STRETCHING

Many of the best strength coaches support the use of dynamic stretching.
Dynamic stretching consists of functional based exercises which use sport specific movements to prepare the body for movement.

“Dynamic stretching" involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both.

Do not confuse dynamic stretching with ballistic stretching!

Dynamic stretching: consists of controlled leg and arm swings that take you (gently!) to the limits of your range of motion.

Ballistic stretches: involve trying to force a part of the body beyond its range of motion.

In dynamic stretches, there are no bounces or "jerky" movements.

Several professional coaches, authors and studies have supported or shown the effectiveness of dynamic stretching.

Below are a few examples of support for dynamic stretching:

1. Flexibility is speed specific. There are two kinds of stretch receptors, one measures magnitude and speed and the other measures magnitude only.

2. Static flexibility improves static flexibility and dynamic flexibility improves dynamic flexibility which is why you should not static stretch prior to dynamic activity.

3. When compared, a team that dynamically stretched to a team that static stretched. The team that dynamically stretched had fewer injuries.

4. There are few sports where achieving static flexibility is advantageous to success in the sport. It is more advantageous to perform a dynamic warm-up which more resembles the activity of the sport.

5. Dynamic Flexibility increases core temperature, muscle temperature, elongates the muscles, stimulates the nervous system, and helps decrease the chance of injury.

6. Dynamic stretching does increase flexibility.

As coaches, sports physiotherapists, trainers and parents we all want our athletes to lower their incidence of injury and increase performance. Dynamic flexibility has been used successfully by physiotherapists, trainers and coaches to increase flexibility and possibly lower the incidence of injury.

It is the job of the coach, team physiotherapist or trainer to pick the method they feel is best suited for the sport and athletes. The above evidence suggests the possibility that static stretching prior to activity is not the best solution.

Static stretching doesn’t necessarily lead to a decrease in injury and but may actually decrease performance.

If one purpose of the warm-up is to warm-up the body, wouldn’t static stretching actually cool the body down?

If static stretching is not the solution to a pre-game warm-up what is? Dynamic stretching.

A sports performance program could look like this:

Beginning - Dynamic warm up
Middle - Actual workout
End - Cool down/static stretching

Vibhav Singh: Team physiotherapist Golden Arrows FC

Golden Arrows play Ajax Cape Town in the MTN final on the 24th of October at Orlando Stadium. The winners take 8 Million Rand.

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Kings Park Sports Medicine Centre
Lion Match Business Park
The Terrace
892 Umgeni Road
Durban
4000

Tel: 031 303 3874/5
Fax: 031 303 3894

Email: info@kpmed.co.za

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What is NEUROFEEDBACK?

As athletes and coaches strive to find that mental edge that is so needed in order to be successful in elite sport, new technologies and therapies are being explored as a means of performance enhancement. Getting into an ideal mental state and correct focus and attention is the goal of all athletes form Olympic to amateur level. The goal of neurofeedback, is to train the brain so that such mental states are reached more easily and at will, and has been used from tennis players such as Mary Pierce, to the Italian soccer team to the Chinese 2008 Olympic athletes to name a few.

Concentration and focus are skills just like throwing a ball or swimming across a pool, and like these skills, need to be taught and practiced. Athletes need to know what to attend to and focus on, but equally important is ‘how to’ attend. Neurofeedback is used to teach athletes intention, focusing, imagery enhancement as well as when to let-go and not to attend.

There are different types of brain waves (measured as electrical impulses) from slow to fast and each is associated with a different mental state and task. Neurofeedback uses EEG (electroencephalogram) technology to train up brain wave frequencies that are associated with peak performance and focus and train down those associated with anxiety and excessive self-talk – essentially helping athletes to enter a flow state or to be in the ‘zone’.

Types of brain waves and what mental state they are associated with:

Theta – unfocused, sleepiness, wandering mind
Alpha – associated with meditative states, relaxed open awareness
Sensory Motor Rhythm – associated with ‘zone’ like focus
Beta – external awareness, taking action (but also associated with anxiety and excess of self talk or rumination)

Research has found that a state of relaxed open awareness (alpha and SMR) is often associated with peak performance. The core tenet of neurofeedback is that, with training, the underlying processes that result in brain waves can be modified, thereby improving performance and functioning.

Together with neurofeedback, biofeedback can be used to help athletes control arousal levels, muscle tension, heart rate and breathing – all essential to performance.

Interestingly neuro-biofeedback has also been used successfully with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder and people with clinical disorders such depression and anxiety. Businesspeople and other professionals wanting to use and apply the mental skills of elite athletes such as concentration and focus to help them perform optimally in all areas of life will also benefit from neuro-biofeedback.

For more information please contact Kirsten van Heerden.

Kirsten is a psychologist who works with individual athletes and teams from many different sports, from school to recreational through to Olympic level. She was a member of the South African swimming team for 13 years and knows first hand the pressures and demands of elite level sport, and the impact of psychological factors on performance.

By Kirsten van Heerden

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That popping sound when you crack your knuckles ain't so bad. Know the science, so that next time you indulge without any quilt.

Its all about O2
In joints like our knuckles, oxygen from our blood stream diffuses into the fluids around the joints. These fluids do the job of reducing friction by lubricating the joint, supplying oxygen and nutrients and removing carbon dioxide and metabolic wastes.

What makes the pop?
When forcible pressure is applied, the oxygen diffused into the fluid gets expunged with the sound. That’s what cause what we call the cracking of knuckles. While most people can only do this with their knuckles, other can do it with other joints as well, like ankles and toes.
Chiropractors and physiotherapists sometimes crack a joint when there is a restriction. This is known as "manipulation" and need to be done professionally.

WHAT YOU WANTED TO KNOW, BUT NEVER KNEW WHOM TO ASK

Is it bad for you?
By itself it makes no difference. The air that is expunged is slowly replaced by oxygen from the blood stream again. So in about 10 minutes, you would be able to crack the joint once again. Problems only arise if a ligament is stretched. Since the tissues are forcibly stretched into the manoeuvre this is possible, though not very likely.

Can it……
Cause arthritis?
No, this is only an old wives tale.

Make finger fatter?
No, there is not truth to it.

Lower grip strength?
Not really.

Elongate joints?
No.

So can you do it all the time?
Chiropractor Stuart Clifton recommends not getting too used to cracking your knuckles. While its ok occasionally, if you become a maniacal knuckle cracker, you might wind up with ligament laxity, which means that the ligament becomes loose and flexible. This adds wear and tear to the joints.

Why does it feel so good?
One theory about why the cracking of knuckles feels good is that it releases endorphins, the feel happy hormones. However if you really want to reap the psychological benefits of endorphin, we recommend you go run instead.

By Stuart Clifton

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The Cape Epic (under current sponsorship called the Absa Cape Epic) is an annual 8-stage (9-day) mountain bike team race through South Africa’s Western Cape. Each participating team consists of two riders. The Cape Epic is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world and the most televised mountain bike race of all time. A new route is designed each year and the race is entirely off-road.
The Absa Cape Epic (South Africa) is reputed to be both the toughest and the most spectacular mountain bike stage race in the world. The annual event attracts an international field of 1200 riders (600 teams) but with a 10% attrition rate some 120 competitors succumb to the environment well before the finish line.

The Cape Epic has put SA on the international cycling map with a bang.The Cape Epic was the first-ever team mountain bike stage race at which UCI points were awarded. Thus, the entrants include some of the best MTB Cross Country riders in the world like two time overall UCI World Cup winner, Olympic bronze medallist and World Cup champion Christoph Sauser, overall World Cup winner Bart Brentjens, the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World champion Ralph Naef and World Cup champion and Olympic silver medallist José Antonio Hermida.

The Cape Epic is open to amateur racers, but there is high entrance fee usually requiring teams to find some sort of sponsorship.

From day 1 the Epic was massive, well organised, an experience of a lifetime and addictive as the repeat riders will testify. For any cyclist it is a serious adventure and a challenge, but for the average cyclist it is an almost insurmountable challenge. Going into the race for the first time is an experience in itself, it truly is a voyage into the unknown. There is almost an endless stream of questions from supporters, spectators and participants alike.

For a short overview which doesn't do it justice ,controversy starts with a fire on the slopes of Table Mountain, but in true Epic style the race must go on - even calling it The Dash through the Ashes! The 2009 Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas starts and finishes in Cape Town. A circular route including Gordon's Bay the start venue for the 2009, steep ascent to Steenbras Dam under the N2 and into the Grabouw plantations towards Nuweberg to Villiersdorp. Off via Elandskloof to Worcester, the road hugs the foothills of the mountains for 12km, darting in and out of the vineyards past the Brandvlei Cellar before heading back towards Robertson. A trip through a private game farm will offer some distraction from the fatigue as kudu, eland, gemsbok, springbok and ostrich spectate the cycling spectators! Then to Greyton where they climb 750m in the first 13km and the altitude reading will go from 400m to 1000m in 5km, and the riders will feel as if they are expected to ride straight up a wall. To the top of Boskloof. And then riders make their way back to Lourensford.

Prologue:
Date: 21 March 2009?Start/Finish: Cape Town?Distance: 17km? Climbing: 650m?Cut-off time: 2.5 hours

Stage 1:
Date: 22 March 2009?Start/Finish: Gordon’s Bay to Villiersdorp? Distance: 112km?Climbing: 2729m?Cut-off time: 17:00

Stage 2:
Date: 23 March 2009?Start/Finish: Villiersdorp?Distance: 110km?Climbing: 1527m?Cut-off time: 17:00

Stage 3:
Date: 24 March 2009?Start/Finish: Villiersdorp to Greyton?Distance: 73km?Climbing: 1976m?Cut-off time

Stage 4:
Date: 25 March 2009?Start/Finish: Greyton?Distance: 114km?Climbing: 2202m?Cut-off time: 17:00

Stage 5:
Date: 26 March 2009?Start/Finish: Greyton to Oak Valley?Distance: 111km?Climbing: 2233m?Cut-off time: 17:00

Stage 6:
Date: 27 March 2009?Start/Finish: Oak Valley?Distance: 86km?Climbing: 1546m?Cut-off time: 16:00

Stage 7:
Date: 28 March 2009?Start/Finish: Oak Valley to Lourensford?Distance: 60km?Climbing: 1760m?Cut-off time: 15:30 (Start at 08:30)

The Bulls finished the last 8 days of the Magical and Untamed Mountain Bike Race of 685km in an overall time of 28 hours, 10 minutes and 14 seconds. In second place was the Trek Brentjens team of Bart Brentjens and Chris Jongewaard in 28:15:08 - only 4 minutes and 54 seconds behind the leaders. In third place were Emil Lindgren and Andreas Kugler (Felt Factory 2) in a time of 28:28:43.??The South African team of Kevin Evans and David George (MTN Energade) finished in 4th place (28:41:00) overall and won the Leader Jersey of Best African Team. Songo.info's Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander, who set the pace for this year's race and won 5 of the 7 stages as well as the prologue, finished in 6th place overall (29:08:41).

By Braam du Toit - Physiotherapist

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Stretching is something that most sports people know they should be doing, but somehow few ever seem to get it right. Here’s the why, when and how you can incorporate stretching into your training schedule.

So why is stretching important? There are 3 main factors in favour of stretching. Firstly, it reduces the risk of injury. Secondly, it reduces muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise, and last, but not least, it improves your overall performance during exercise.

Stretching is generally performed in a relatively controlled fashion, so your chances of injuring yourself are generally less than when participating in your sport itself. It is however possible to overstretch ones muscles, which can cause microscopic tears of the muscle fibres, and lead to scarring. This in turns causes the muscles to lose elasticity, which can actually increase ones susceptibility to muscle tears

So what guidelines should one follow when embarking on a stretching programme?

You should never stretch cold muscles, a five minute warm up beforehand is essential. You should ideally stretch before and after your training session; if that isn’t possible, a pre session stretch is preferable as you will then reap the benefits during your training. Dynamic stretching can be very beneficial at the end of your warmup, but these must be performed carefully to avoid injury. You should always ease into a stretch gradually, and never bounce, as this form of ballistic stretching is likely to increase your risk of injury. Hold the stretch when it reaches the point of tension in the muscle (you must never push it into pain) for a count of 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both your left and right sides. Start with the easiest stretching exercises, progressing to the more complex ones. For maximum improvement, one should stretch 2-3 times a day for the first 2 weeks, and thereafter maintain with 3-5 sessions a week. This is obviously not easily achieved by most people, so as an alternative it is suggested that you stretch your tightest muscle groups with every training session, or at least once a day, then perform a more comprehensive stretching session 3-5 times a week.

By Michelle Saunders

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Sani2C was one of the first stage races to emerge after the overnight success of the Cape Epic. True to the Kwa-Zulu Natal pioneering spirit this stage race has carved a niche for itself on the MTB calendar. It has an enormous number of loyal followers with by far the majority of riders returning to ride again. Despite riding the same route every year, mountain bikers are never disappointed as new tracks are built and the whole experienced enhanced. In fact getting an entry is difficult unless you rode the year before or know someone who did.
The word FREE sums up this race for me as it has a distinct free spirit about it thanks to the casual approach of Farmer Glen, the riding is pure freedom as the kilometres of singletrack and unfolding KZN landscape releases itself on you and then there is the free stuff and food that you get from start to finish. They call it the Sani2C family and it works well as the communities really get involved and you feel the hospitality that they offer. Its all done with little fuss and flash but it works and that's what matters.

The 3 days of riding are all varied and well put together and there is never a dull moment, no boring stretches, no long never ending slogs, just a continual stream of varying single track and different challenges. Day 1 starts off fast and easy with a district road over rolling hills, good to get everyone settled and sort out the pacing before the single track. Then the fun starts with a series of singletrack sections, forest tracks and the famous floating bridge section. The last section of day 1, although mostly downhill, has some short sharp climbs that catch out those who over did it at the start and the finish on top of the hill sucks the last bit of energy out of you. Day 1 is always a gamble, for the survivors its a case of how much energy do you save for the next two days and for the racers its a case of how fast can you go to get a good start for day 2 and set up the rest of the race. Most riders get in by lunch time on Day 1 so they can rest and refuel, and there is no shortage of food with Clover milk on tap, energy drinks, yogurt, Nandos crisps, tea and coffee, biscuits and lunch too.

Day 2 is the jeckyl and hide day, the first third of the day is downhill into the valley on the best singletrack you can imagine and then the last 2 thirds of the day you have to climb yourself out and over the Umkomaas valley. The new Murrys meander section of singletrack was spectacular, cut into the mountainside with the valley dropping off to the left. This section has to be seen from a distance to be appreciated because once you are on it you need to concentrate on keeping your wheels on track. The normally quick section at the bottom of the valley was a real test in the mud and you had big problems if you had small mud clearance on your tires. Clearly route designer Nick was not joking when he said that mud tyres were the way to go. Although after that it was dry right up to the end in mud puddle lane. The climbing on day 2 is relentless, you don't always realise you are climbing all day because the terrain changes all the time. Then there is the legendary Nandos halfway stop after Satans climb where a Nandos burger and some shade trees will let you catch your breath. We used the 10 min stop to fix a dodgy shifter and re-lube chains. Its only halfway so there is more climbing to come, by the end of the day your legs will tell you they have had enough. This is a tough day and will always be by anyone's standards, in good weather it will be hard, but add in mud, rain and or heat and you have an epic day on your hands. For many its a 9 hour battle but that doesn't stop them celebrating crossing the line as they know that the hardest day is in the bag. The famous fillet steaks on Day 2 are all they are cracked up to be and the ice cream and chocolate sauce is the ultimate refuelling supplement.

Day 3 is fast and furious, mostly downhill with enough hills to keep you honest and one or two climbs that put you right into granny gear and praying that it doesn't last for long otherwise there will be trouble. Momentum is the name of the game and staying in touch with your start group will mean a fast enjoyable day out. The first part of the day has all the worst climbing with a few downhills for relief. Then the end of the day really speeds up until you get to the end. First challenge was making it over the snaking floating bridge over the lagoon which required a bit of speed and a good line. Second challenge was the short climb off the beach and then the climb up to the school and the finish line. It was another memorable day out and a great way to finish a really enjoyable 3 days of riding.

Braam du Toit - Physiotherapist

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Article by:
Clinton Grobbelaar

This condition is relatively common and affects mainly the elbow (tennis and golfers elbow), knee(patella tendon), achilles tendon and hamstring tendons.

It is a degenerative condition that normally occurs due to repetitive overuse. This chronic injury may take anything from a few weeks to a few years to typically resolve, if ever. We are able to intervene with our specialised treatment at any stage.

TendinOSIS typically differs from a tendonITIS in the length of healing time. OSIS is degenerative and takes a long time to resolve, whereas ITIS is more acute and inflammatory and should resolve much quicker.

These chronic tendinosis conditions including plantarfasciitis, ITB of the knee, calcific conditions of the shoulder rotator cuff are treated at our clinic in a "unique" and effective manner.

The physiotherapists use an "Extracorporial Shockwave Machine" which helps resolve the pain and swelling in the area and reintroduce blood supply back into the degenerative area. It is accompanied with dry needling techniques and eccentric exercises to help heal and strengthen the tendon.

We have been practicing this technology at our clinic for 5 years already with excellent results. At present there are only 3 machines of it's kind in the country, although it has been in use overseas for 15 years. Many professional rugby, soccer, golf, tennis and squash players have had great success with " Shockwave Therapy".

Our doctor has recently begun administering "Blood Injections" into the tendinosed areas, combined with Shockwave.

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Dr. Stuart Clifton, one of our Chiros, recently made a 2 week trip to India to work with Abinav Bindra.

Abinav competes in the 10m Air Rifle Shooting event and besides winning Gold at the Beijing Olympics, is also the current World Champion and co-world record holder in this most technical of shooting disciplines.

It is hoped that Stuart will work with Abinav towards the 2012 Olympics in London.

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After much planning and anticipation I set off on the 15th June for Morocco to attend the 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology. After many flights and hours of waiting in airports I arrived in the beautiful (but extremely hot – one day was 49 degrees) city of Marrakech where the conference was to be held from the 17th-21st June.

The conference attracted people from all over the world and many leading researchers and applied sports psychologists were in attendance; this was evidenced by the fact that Terri Orlick, one of the world’s most prominent sports psychologists, was the key note speaker at the welcome function on the first night.

The seminars, workshops and oral presentations covered many topics, including motivation, career transitions for athletes, mental skills, elements of excellence, cognitive science, and neuro and bio feedback to name a few.

But of special inertest to me were the presentations on the psychological preparation of athletes for the Beijing Olympic Games. One of the best of these was a key note address by Li-wei Zhang, the sports psychologists charged with heading up the team of professionals that were to mentally prepare Chinese athletes for the Games. Now knowing and understanding the psychological support these athletes had for the 4 years leading up to the Games and at the Games themselves, it is no surprise that China was first in the medal standings at Beijing.

Of course there was also time for some fun; there was a days’ excursion around Marrakech - to the beautiful palace with amazing mosaics and intricate stucco carvings; to the bustling, maze like media (the old city) with its souks (markets) where you can buy anything from mint tea to colourful carpets (all purchases requiring some hard bargaining of course – it’s the Moroccan way!).

In the end I came away having encountered many new and interesting ideas and people, and am excited about the direction and future of Sport Psychology and what it can offer not only our elite coaches and athletes, but also the impact it can have in all communities across South Africa. Sport and the lessons it teaches are not only applicable to the competition area, but are rather life skills relevant to all life’s different arenas.


By Kirsten van Heerden

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After a 3 week tour in Austrailia the Emerging Protea squad returned home on the 2nd of August winning 8 out of their 9 matches.

"This tour is part of the National High Performance strategy to expose more players to international competition.

Corrie van Zyl, Cricket South Africa's High Performance coach, has shrugged off the disappointment of South Africa's surprise defeat in the Emerging Players Tournament final in Brisbane to India, saying his team gained more from the experience. South Africa were the favourites to take the title, having won all their eight matches before choking in the final when faced with a target of 284.

"This tour was an opportunity to grow as a team and to get a taste of international cricket, of touring and all the associated experiences that go with it. In that sense the tour was a huge success and the commitment of every player throughout the tournament was excellent, whether they were in the actual playing XI or not."

Fast bowler CJD de Villiers, with 10 wickets, and batsman Heino Kuhn (286 runs) were the main performers for South Africa. van Zyl also singled out offspinner Thandi Tshabalala, who took four wickets in two games.

"CJ was outstanding while Thandi towards the end of last season and again on this tour has shown signs of reaching his true potential," he said. "But really it was a team effort and there was always a player to put his hand up when it was needed.”

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) named a provisional squad of 20 players for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament to be held in South Africa in September.

Emerging Protea captain Vaughn van Jaarsveld and team mate Lonwabo Tsotsobe were called up to join the squad.

South Africa Emerging Players squad: Vaughn van Jaarsveld (capt), Craig Alexander, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Reza Hendricks, Heino Kuhn, Rilee Rossouw, Daryn Smit, Juan Theron, Thandi Tshabalala, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Stiaan van Zyl, Basheeru Walters.


Head Coach: Corrie van Zyl
Assistant Coach: Shafiek Abrahams
Physiotherapist: Vibhav Singh
Fitness Trainer: Rob Walter
Video Annalist: Hendrickus Coertzen

By Vibhav Singh – Team Physiotherapist

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Nashua Dolphins, who’s home ground Sahara Stadium Kingsmead can hold a capacity of 25000 was founded in 2003.

The 2008/2009 season saw the Dolphins reach the semi-final rounds of both the Standard bank Pro 20 and MTN Series.

In the aftermath of the DLF IPL 2009, the Nashua Dolphins are firmly focused on the season ahead as plans are put into place to improve the performance of the team and take it from strength to strength in the upcoming 2009/2010 season.

Former Proteas and Dolphins coach, Graham Ford will take up the position of Nashua Dolphins head coach.

Ford, who is presently the Director of Cricket at Kent Cricket Club in England, will return to Durban at the end of the county season to head up the team.

Former Dolphin Head Coach, Yashin Hassan will take up the position of Head Coach of the Suncoast Dolphins Academy which involves the emerging Dolphins programme

The new 2009/2010 season also see’s a change in the captaincy with Imran Kahn taking over.

By Vibhav Singh – Team Physiotherapist

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