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1 unusual fact about Basketball & 7 facts about Basketball Injuries

Basketball is the world’s 2nd most participated sport with over 213 countries involved and 450 million players. Interestingly it is also Australia’s 2nd highest team participation sport with an estimated one million people.

Unusual Fact:

The talent pool also continues to grow here in Australia as Melbourne has developed more #1 NBA draft picks than any other city in the last 11 years through Andrew Bogut, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons (who currently is yet to make his NBA debut after fracturing his foot in September) while Chicago continues to hold the all time most.

With the increasing popularity of Basketball in Melbourne we Physiotherapists and Osteopaths continue to see an increase in basketball injuries such as those suffered by Simmons that can lead to time on the sidelines and frustration for younger players who miss out on game time.

Australian Basketball Injury Facts:

  • Basketball accounts for 4% of all HOSPITALISED sports injuries.
  • 79%...
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AFL Injuries. A story of Running, Kicking and Screaming

football Nov 28, 2016

Aussie rules, our religion. Even when we are not playing or watching it, it’s still taking up the back 8 pages of the newspaper with the recent league draft. These younger players are the most at risk of injury as they adapt to the stresses and strains of playing professional football. But what about your non elite player?

At the Injury Rehab Centre we see many footballers presenting to our Phyiotherapists and Osteopaths in Cheltenham for football related injuries, particularly hamstring strains.

Australian Rules Football is played by over 224,000 Australians and ranked as the eleventh most popular sport played by kids and adults. Hamstring injuries continue to be the most prevalent and recurring injury that many Australian Rules football players have to deal with. Hamstrings are considered one of the “big three” injuries along with ACL and groin injuries. Elite players have missed an average of 21 games at the professional level over the past 10 years due to...

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The 2 factors that separate injured and healthy Cricket bowlers

cricket Nov 06, 2016

The 2 preseason risk factors that are most important for Cricket bowlers.

The first test between Australia and South Africa is done and dusted and already one of the best bowlers in the world, Dale Steyn has gone down to a serious but unusual shoulder injury that will likely see him out of the game for 6 months,The Banana Man himself Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the second test with a back complaint.

So why are these elite bowlers so at risk?

These injuries like many cricketing injuries likely has its foundations in the repetitive nature of cricket as a sport. Cricketers undergo hours of repetitious practice and play, sometimes up to 7 hours a day, that expose them to a range of overuse injuries from throwing, bowling and even running.  Overuse injuries occur gradually over time and are the result of microtrauma to the body’s musculoskeletal system. Fast bowlers are the players at greatest risk of injury in cricket and this trend has been seen across the...

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New Patients pay no gap in November!

news Nov 01, 2016

Use it or lose it this November!

At the Injury Rehab Centre our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths in Cheltenham have always had the goal to help more people Feel Better, Move Better and Perform Better. In celebration of this goal we’ve decided to offer all New Patients* their first consultation at the Injury Rehab Centre totally GAP FREE.

This means that your first consultation on the road to recovery with one of our Physiotherapists or Osteopaths only requires you to bring your private health care card with Extras coverage, nothing else.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to finish the year Feeling Better, Moving Better and Performing Better in the lead up to the silly season.

Previous patients we haven’t forgotten you either!

Many of our previous patients will be looking to get back into activity or start a pre-season for their sport of choice toward the end of the year. Unfortunately this can be a prime time for re-injury. At the Injury Rehab...

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Why you really need a Crossfit Physio/Osteo

crossfit injuryprevention Oct 24, 2016

CrossFit Injuries

As Physiotherapists and Osteopaths in Cheltenham and the Bayside region of Victoria we see many patients at our clinic who are participants in Crossfit.

CrossFit is a conditioning program that continues to grow in popularity, so much so it even has an annual Crossfit Games that are broadcast through ESPN. This form of high intensity training with limited rest intervals has gained literary support as an effective form of exercise with minimal time investment and personal accounts for improvements in fitness levels. While there is no doubt Crossfit has done a lot for the world of health and fitness in getting people moving, performing compound resistance exercise with great intensity it also has the potential to cause problems. In 2011, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Consortium for Health and Military Performance also recognised the benefits of the programs, but demonstrated concern for injury rates.

What are the problems?

A study examined 386...

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4 Habits of Injury Free Triathletes

As Physiotherapists and Osteopaths in Cheltenham and Bayside we see many triathletes coming through the doors of the Injury Rehab Centre. Much like other endurance sports, a high proportion of triathlete injuries can be linked to overuse (80-85% in fact!). Triathletes do fairly better than pure endurance runners in injury rate, but are more prone to injury than swimmers and cyclers. As you can imagine, running has the most commonly cited association with injury followed by cycling and then swimming.

Common injuries triathletes present with include:

  • Runner’s knee. Experiencing a tender pain around or behind the kneecap is usually a sure sign of patellofemoral pain syndrome, a fancy term for runner’s knee
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Stress fracture
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Ankle sprains

Why is it happening?

  • Lack of stretching
  • Poor warm up
  • Intensive training
  • Insufficient care of muscles
  • High impact running style

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The Number 1 Factor to Avoid Injury that Every Runner Forgets.

Running Injuries – The 10% Rule

Running is one of the world’s most common and accessible sports to participate in. Unfortunately, research tells us that between 26 – 92% of runners will sustain an injury and according to the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey, 70% of runners sustain overuse injuries during any 12-month training period. Unfortunately this keeps Physiotherapists and Osteopaths like the team at the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham very busy particularly in the lead up to the Melbourne Marathon.

Most common overuse injuries that Physiotherapists and Osteopaths treat are:

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Meniscal Injuries
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
  • Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee)

How do we stop this? Reduce too much, too soon.

What about the 10% Rule?

Some recreational runners may be familiar with a rule that they shouldn’t increase their mileage by more...

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What are the best supplements to take?

news resources Jul 01, 2016

Often as Physiotherapists and Osteopaths working in the Cheltenham and Bayside area we get asked for advice on what supplements can be beneficial for certain conditions that many of our patients suffer. Some common examples that many people ask us about are.

  • Fish oil or other Omega-3 supplements for inflammatory pain such as foot pain or back pain.
  • Glucosamine supplements for joint health such as arthritic knee pain and hip pain.
  • Magnesium supplements for muscular tightness such as calf or hamstring pain or injury or other cramping type pain.

Often it can be hard to give definitive advice on what are the best supplements for our Physiotherapy and Osteopathy patients to take, anecdotally some people can get great results from one thing, while others won’t see much effect. It can also be hard to find great research to support some products and can be hard to understand.

This has been made a bit easier by the team at as they have created some...

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We’ll be away from the 7th – 18th of April

news Mar 29, 2016

From the 7th – 18th of April our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths at the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham will be away teaching therapists from Hong Kong and Taiwan some of the cutting edge assessment, treatment and training techniques that make the Injury Rehab Centre so unique.

This will include training other Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and other therapists how to use the Movement Assessment Tool (M.A.T), a unique innovation that the directors of the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham created to gather more data on their patients and clients.

If you would like to be managed by the therapists that teach other therapists around the world book your appointment online today.

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Golf Health – Reducing injury and improving your game can be the same thing.

golf injuryprevention Mar 16, 2016

From the outside golf can look like a gentle sport and we are very lucky to have so many great sand belt courses around the Cheltenham, Moorabin and Bayside areas. However, when we start to look at the complex interaction of muscle forces, and joint biomechanics required to play the perfect shot we can appreciate that injuries can occur like low back pain or golfer’s elbow pain any sport.


Did you know that 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer lower back pain and 30% of touring professionals are playing injured at any given time?


The professional tour players have recently adopted many strength and flexibility strategies to improve their game and reduce the risk of injury. They consult and see Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Strength and Conditioning coaches everyday to make sure they are finely tuned. This started with the likes of Tiger Woods and has become a common trend with athletes like Rory Mcilroy, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth....

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