Sports Performance

Injuries In Sport

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from June 2018

Injuries In Sport: Just another aspect, or is it avoidable?

injuries in sport

Injuries in sport. A topic that definitely hits a little too close to home. Every day I sit down with new clients for initial consultations and one of the most common things I hear (especially in people under 50) is ‘I have a bit of knee and ankle pain….but you know, that’s netball’. Too often we get drawn into the idea that injuries in sport are normal, a trap I personally fell in to.

All the time you see your favourite professional athletes get plagued by the ‘injury bug’ and we just write it off as part of the job.

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Exercising With Sore Knees

Written by Adam Shepherd, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from May 2018

Exercising With Sore Knees

knee osteo

At some stage, we have all suffered from sore knees. It is an extremely common musculoskeletal issue that plagues a lot of patients that I see. It can stem from various issues such as:

  • Increased levels of physical activity.
  • Malalignment of the patella as it moves through the femoral groove.
  • Quadriceps muscle imbalance.
  • Tight anatomical structures, e.g. retinaculum or iliotibial band.

Having sore knees can be a killer when it comes to exercise as naturally we tend to avoid exercises that are uncomfortable or painful.

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Workout Smarter With Compound Exercises

Written by Gabriel Pisanu, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article published April 2018

Compound Exercises and Exercise Efficiency

Compound Exercise

Within the last few weeks, I have decided to reflect on some of the outcomes of my clients’ goal reviews. It made me realise that people exercise for so many different reasons. Some people exercise to lose weight, people exercise to reduce chronic pain, people exercise for aesthetic purposes. Whatever the reason, with the majority of clients that see an Exercise Physiologist through Optimum Health Solutions is due to the fact they need help to manage their lifestyle. One of the major barriers people bring up to exercise adherence is a lack of time.

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Cardiovascular Testing

Written by Dean Katselas, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from January 2018

Cardiovascular Testing

heart test

As part of our standard assessment procedures, we aim not only to identify musculoskeletal deficiencies but also the health of the cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system comprises of the heart itself and the associated blood vessels, veins and arteries which circulate blood and oxygen to all the tissues of our body. Generally your blood pressure is taken by your General Practitioner at rest, which is used to help identify risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, blood pressure is highly variable and fluctuates throughout the day and with physical exertion.

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Lifting For Osteoarthritis – Exercise Intervention

Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from October 2017

Lifting For Osteoarthritis - Exercise Intervention

knee osteo

Arthritis is an umbrella term used for more than 100 medical conditions affecting the joints of the human body causing stiffness, inflammation, pain and damage to joint structures. This can further lead to joint instability, deformities and weakness ultimately interfering with activities of daily living eg. Housework, food prep, and walking.

3.85 million Australians are affected by this condition as it is the major cause for disability and chronic pain in the country. As a result, the cost to our economy equates to more than $23.9 billion/year in medical care and secondary costs eg.

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Hamstring Strains: Are They Avoidable?

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from July 2017

Hamstring Strains: Are They Avoidable?

hamstring strain

We’ve all heard the devastating news that our favourite team’s best player will miss the next few games due to a hamstring strain, but did you know they are also quite common in the general population, particularly us “semi"-professional athletes. Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries in sport of all levels. For example, in the last 20 years the AFL has experienced nearly 3000 hamstring injuries resulting in over 7000 games lost. And possibly even more concerning is the chance of re-injury is 20% in that same year.

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Meet Marc Seymour, Founder and Director of Optimum Health Solutions

Marc SeymourAn aspiring cricketer, Marc travelled the world working as a strength and conditioning coach for some of the world’s leading basketball and tennis players. Marc founded and developed Australia’s leading Exercise Physiology and preventative health company.

Get to know Marc, and you will find out why our clients come and see us.


The Optimum Beginnings

Growing up, all I wanted to do was play sport, whether it be cricket, Australian Rules or soccer. Therefore it was a natural progression for me to pursue a degree in Exercise Science. I was a talented cricketer, playing first grade cricket in Sydney for many years.… Read the rest

Fat Loss Physiology 101

Written by Kris Tejada, Exercise Physiologist at Werrington. Article from March 2016.

Woman Lifting WeightLast week a client of mine asked me if it was better to do walking or jogging outside of our supervised sessions, to accelerate fat loss. She told me that she had watched a Youtube clip that discussed walking being better for fat loss, rather than higher levels of exercise. The first theory is that you burn more fat when you exercise at a low intensity. The idea is that your body uses carbs more and more as exercise intensity rises – this is the basis for target heart zones and the fat burning zone you see in books and on gym equipment.… Read the rest

High Intensity Interval Resistance Training (HIIT)

Written by Kris Tejada, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from December 2015.
HIIT TrainingHIIT pairs quick bouts of high-energy exercise, at over 75% of your heart rate maximum, with low-effort rest intervals at less than 60% of your heart rate. Steady stat. SSCE training incorporates a low intensity exercise ranging from 60 to 75% of heart rate maximum, for a maintainable extended period.

For years, continuous aerobic exercise (SSCE) has been the chosen and proven method for achieving cardiovascular and respiratory health concomitant to substantial fat loss. However, research shows that HIIT leads to similar and, in some cases, better improvements in less time for some physiological markers.… Read the rest

Buying Your Next Pair of Running Shoes

Written by Paul Barlow, Exercise Physiologist at Mornington, Tasmania. Article from October 2015.
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This year I decided I would set the big goal of completing the point to pinnacle in Tasmania. It is considered one of the hardest half marathons in the world. It goes from Hobart city all the way up Mt Wellington (just over 1,270 metres in elevation!) and thankfully I will be doing it with a few of my close friends. While on a training jog through the bush last week, I was asked a very common question, “I need a new pair of runners. What should I get?”

To be honest the answer is not so easy, due to the huge selection of running shoes available.… Read the rest