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The Palloff Press

We often get asked “What’s your favourite core exercise?” Our usual answer is ‘it depends’.  There are many factors when deciding core endurance exercise prescription and in truth, what may be best for one person, is likely not the best for another. In our opinion, an under-utilized exercise is an anti-rotation [...]

The ‘golden rule’ to avoid injuries

I recently ran the Hamilton Half Marathon and as an (extremely) novice runner I enlisted the help of a running coach/programmer. I was attracted to his methodology as he uses a scientific approach to his programming (he was an engineer in a past life and has carried many of [...]

The single most important determinant of injury and rehabilitation from injury

Like the catchy title? Regretfully this is not a blog about some new enthralling gadget that can accurately determine who will get injured…..because nothing like this exists. There is one factor however that simultaneously both determines tissue injury and is the most important factor in injury rehabilitation – tissue [...]

Enough with the cupping….what’s with that ugly tape?

Does KT Tape Work? With the 2016 RIO Olympic Games just around the corner, viewers will be showered with a plethora of fun, colourful taping jobs displayed on many athletes. So what is this tape and does it even work? What is kinesio-taping (KT)? Kinesio-Taping or KT tape is an elastic, [...]

ACL Blog 2 – Accelerated versus Non-Accelerated Protocols

  In my last blog, I discussed some of the background behind an ACL injury and briefly touched on accelerated vs non-accelerated protocols. In this blog we’ll look at the differences between the two by comparing it with my own non-accelerated conservative approach (loosely based off Fowler Kennedy’s protocol) to [...]

Chronic Tendon Injury Blog 2 – Eccentrics Versus Slow Heavy Resistance

Part 1 of this tendon rehabilitation post looked at some new research supporting the role for isometric exercises. Although isometrics can be helpful to manage tendon pain in the short term, full range dynamic loading strategies give a better stimulus for muscle and tendon adaptations for long term rehabilitation. For [...]

Chronic Tendon Injury and the Role of Isometric Exercises

Tendon injuries from repetitive forceful loading in sport, weight training or some occupations can be debilitating. For example high volume jumping in volleyball or basketball, or frequent forceful use of tools in a worker, can lead to a slow deterioration of a tendon, which is generally called tendinopathy. Common symptoms [...]

IT’S SCIENCE (MAYBE?) – Research on Intermittent Fasting

A blog on supporting research for Intermittent Fasting For those reading this who are unfamiliar with the concept of Intermittent Fasting (IF) please refer to blog 1 as an introduction to the topic of IF and why we do not eat Mondays and have not for some time. To begin, we [...]

Rehabilitating a calf tear: when the doctor becomes the patient

Last fall I had the misfortune of tearing my calf playing squash.  I felt like a gunshot went off in my calf and knew I tore something.  To my relief my Achilles tendon was still intact.  It quickly became apparent I suffered a calf tear. An MRI confirmed an extensive [...]

Achilles Tendon Ruptures: Operative or Nonoperative (Case with video)

Recently I had the pleasure or working with a 44 year old former collegiate level hockey player following a complete Achilles tendon rupture that was quite an eye opening experience for both of us.  Recent research has surprising outcomes when comparing surgical and non-surgical management of acute Achilles ruptures [...]