Using strength and conditioning principles

Using strength and conditioning principles

Pain sciences have taught us that pain doesn’t equate to tissue damage or pathology. Once we’ve ruled out the chance of serious underlying pathologies, we find that most patients and athletes are safe to continue exercise, do high load activities and will often benefit from them.

However, we’re often taught we need to ‘be careful of re-injury’ and instill our athletes with fear of ‘over-doing it’. Instead of opting for proven strength and conditioning principles and appropriately modifying or programming for the athletes current level of preparedness, we often go for quasi-rehabilitation programs which aren’t able to produce significant tissue change or prepare athletes for their chosen activity.

With such strong evidence that most patients and athletes are safe to continue exercising at moderate levels and gain significant benefit from doing so, we have to ask why we are taught to ‘be careful’. Why we are using therabands instead of heavier weights?


Alex Murray Podiatrist

Alex Murray is a Podiatrist working in private practice and the founder of website Making Sense in Podiatry. He's passionate about helping other clinicians make sense of evidence and clinical practice with a core philosophy of exploring the complexity of human beings, embracing the uncertainty of clinical practice, and avoiding overly reductionist thinking. In addition to his undergraduate degree from La Trobe, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Otago. He has experience with both national and international athletes and has recently transitioned to focusing primarily on helping the general population and local athletes manage their pain and achieve their goals.

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