Debunking the Myth of Running Shoe Selection

The Flawed Model of Running Shoe Selection Magazines, shoe stores, and shoe manufacturers have long prescribed running shoes based on an individual’s arch type. Normal levels of supination are needed to generate force upon push off, while pronation helps to absorb the force of heel strike. Some people have foot shapes that are more at one of the ends of the spectrum, though: based on the...Read more

Shouldering the burden of Injury

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body. As such it is very vulnerable to injury especially in sport. Most injuries to the shoulder involve muscles, ligaments and tendons rather than bones. Since the shoulder connects the arm and hand to the rest of the body, injuries to the shoulder can have a greater impact to daily living than other areas. Like other injuries, shoulder...Read more

What is the role of physical therapy in sport?

Most active Canadians will at some point in their life experience an injury related to their physical activity or sport. Knowing what to do and how to address these injuries so they don’t get worse is where sport physiotherapy comes into play. While many small injuries can be treated by a family doctor, quite often these and more complex injuries are referred to a physiotherapist. A...Read more

10 Tips for Avoiding Winter Sports Injuries

There are many excellent winter activities for adults and youth to enjoy as a recreational pastime or competitively. Cold temperatures, icy surfaces and high speeds can be a risky business though, so we're sharing some tips for keeping you and your family safe outdoors this holiday season. Wear proper protective equipment such as helmets , goggles and wrist guards. Ensure your equipment has the...Read more

What exactly is foot pronation?

Foot pronation describes the motion of the foot after it strikes the ground. It is part of a person's natural movement that helps the lower leg deal with shock. Every person pronates to some extent and it is necessary in the normal walking cycle as it allows the forefoot to make complete contact with the ground. Some people pronate more (overpronation) or less (underpronation) than others. What...Read more

Match Point: Treating and Preventing Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a very common sport related injury. Despite its name the injury can occur in a number of different sports. While usually a fairly minor injury, the resulting pain, discomfort, and potential weakness can prevent a person from participating in their activity of choice. Thankfully if the individual is knowledgeable, tennis elbow can be easily treated and potentially prevented. Before...Read more

10 Tips for reducing the risks of ski and snowboarding injuries

Winter is here and skis and snowboards are being polished up for weekends spent on the hill. Both skiing and snowboarding are excellent winter activities for adults and youth to enjoy as a recreational pastime or competitively. Propelling yourself down a mountain at high speeds does have its share of risks, so we're sharing some tips for keeping yourself and your family safe on the hill this...Read more

Preventing School Sports Injuries

With fall just around the corner, high school students will soon be hitting the Many school sports injuries are preventable through proper training, use of proper equipment and right conditioning. To build a successful team you have to have all your athletes’ healthy and ready to contribute. Keeping your team healthy makes the experience more memorable and gives your team the best chance of...Read more

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are a common injury in athletes and are most often associated with participation in sports involving running, jumping or repetitive stress. A stress fracture is a micro fracture of a bone that results when the rate of healing is unable to keep up with the rate of breakdown that is being caused by repetitive stress placed upon it. Stress fractures occur most frequently at the...Read more

Rotator Cuff Tears - Symptoms and Treatment

Injury to the shoulder is common in sport especially with athletes who depend on regular and heavy use of the shoulder joint, for example: baseball, tennis, badminton, weightlifting, football, golf and swimming. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that work together to stabilize the shoulder joint. It is a ball and socket type joint where the top part of the arm bone (humerus) forms a...Read more