The Role of Physiotherapy in the Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad is a group of interrelated conditions that affect female athletes, particularly teenage athletes. It is widely believed that an energy imbalance is the cause, combined with competitive forces. This disrupts eating patterns and body image for female athletes. Despite the fact that this is common in athletes, several aspects of the triad are seen in non-athletes as well.

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Benefits of Plyometric Exercises

Also known as jump training, plyometric exercises have gained new popularity in recent years. Plyometrics utilize explosive movements to build muscle and increase power. Originally developed as a training technique for Olympic athletes, it’s now being used by a wide range of individuals who are in search of attaining a new level of physical prowess.

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To Stretch or Not to Stretch

Should we stretch before or after doing an exercise? Are muscle stretches an integral part of a physical activity session? What type of stretching is most appropriate following a particular activity? Athletes often don’t take the time to stretch before or after a cardiovascular or muscular effort. Is stretching really necessary in a healthy lifestyle?

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Winter Sports and Nutrition – Be Ready!

When the cold weather sets in, it's time to prepare snowshoes, skis, snowboards and skates! There’s nothing better than practicing winter sports to appreciate the Quebec climate. As long as you’re properly dressed and know how to eat well when going outside in cold weather.

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Nutrition for Cycling and Triathlon Events

Many well-trained endurance athletes have once failed to perform up to expectations or complete an event due to a lack in a key component in proper training and competing: nutrition.

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Running in Winter: What to Wear?

With the cold weather just around the corner, it can become harder to go for a daily run outside. However, if you are well equipped, you will quickly enjoy running no matter the weather.

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Sports Vision Training (SVT)

Studies have shown that the most successful athletes in a team are those with the best visual-motor functions and that functional vision CAN be trained. Thus, we believe that the training of visual functions should be a part of any sports training plan and we are confident that we can help you improve your visual-motor functions.

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Running: I'm Injured! Who should I consult?

Since the early 2000s, running keeps gaining in popularity. The number of enthusiasts is on the rise, the number of races keeps increasing and they fill to capacity more and more quickly. But there’s a risk lurking for all these enthusiasts: that of an injury. According to studies, 50-80% of runners get hurt every year.

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Running: 5 Warm-up Exercises

Here are some exercises to warm up and increase mobility in the lower body. This will help your running efficiency.

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Running: 10 Golden Rules to Avoid Injuries

1. Keep it simple. Be careful not to over treat and complexity of an injury. Avoid repetitive treatments that offer no progress. Avoid surgery. Orthotics should not be your primary option. Be sure to use simple, flat running shoes.

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Running: Q&A on Training

What is the most important thing when beginning to run? How long before a substantial run should I begin training? What should I eat the day before a race? Q&A with Éric Boucher, physiotherapist and "certified +" running expert.

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Golf: 5 Exercises for a Good Warm-up Before a Game

Here is a series of exercises that will help you boost your game.

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Golf Fever

Did you know that your golf swing can cause injuries to your back, elbow, wrist or shoulder? A bad swing can even generate a lumbar sprain or a disc hernia! A golf swing requires a fast rotation of the back and exposes it to side flexion and extension forces that could be troubling.

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Tennis: a Demanding Sport!

Tennis requires a combination of great muscular effort and cardiorespiratory work. Far from sparing the body, tennis practice involves high-speed movements in the end range of motion. They cause important stresses to the shoulder and elbow tendons as well as wrists and the back. 

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Racquet Sports: 5 Warm-up Exercises

Racquet sports are fast pace sports and present many lateral displacements, which demand good mobility at the shoulders and hips. A good dynamic warm-up will help you perform better and stay injury-free. 

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Tune Up your Equipment for Safe Exercising

Spring is the perfect time to review your exercise equipment. Just as we change our winter tires and tune the car up for spring and summer, we should do the same with our exercise equipment.

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Soccer: 5 Warm-up Exercises

Soccer is a sport that requires multi-directional movements. Warm-up should focus on lower back, hips, thigh and hip flexors.

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Injuries in Soccer

Injuries in soccer are usually mild–sprains, strains, and contusions (bruises)–and mostly affect the lower extremities. The most common site of injury is the ankle, followed closely by the knee.Injuries can be prevented if players wear shin guards, warm up before play, and follow the rules of the game.

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Cycling - Let’s Ride!

Have you started cycling again, and the aches started along with it? Are you feeling pain in your thighs, wrists, calves, knees and neck? Be careful, after this never ending winter, becoming physically active too quickly can lead to injury!

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Hockey and skating: 5 Warm-up Exercises

Here is a series of exercises to get your muscles ready for your skating or hockey session.

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Skiing: Pre-ski Stretching Routine

Here is a series of exercises to get your muscles ready before you go skiing.

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Skier's Thumb

While we may hear more about lower body injuries when it comes to skiing, injuries to the thumb are approximated to make up 5 -10% of the total.

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Sports Injuries Rehabilitation 101

Injuries can occur in any sporting activity. Professional athletes, in particular, are prone to injuries due to the excessive wear and tear associated with the demands of competitive sport. The right exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, empowering them to resume athletic activities.

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