What Trans and Non-Binary Athletes Need to Know About RED-S

Athletes of all genders need fuel—in the form of food—to exercise.   When an athlete is exercising without enough fuel, all systems of the body are affected. When the negative consequences of low fuel impact an athlete’s life and/or performance in minor OR significant ways, the issue gets a special name: Relative Energy Deficiency in…

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Physical therapists, coaches, and trainers: Have you missed RED-S in your athletes?

The first step in being able to identify relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) in one of our athletes, as physical therapists, coaches or trainers, is to have an awareness of RED-S and what it is. You can start, by reading up on RED-S here.   Part of understanding RED-S is knowing that we can’t…

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What is relative energy deficiency in sport?

Many women in the world of sport experience injury, fatigue, and over-training. Can we say that this is just the nature of sport & competition, or are we missing something?   I truly believe that energy deficiency is widespread among athletes, particularly females, and is contributing to injuries and burn-out. To address it, we need…

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“Your core is weak” Expanded to “You need to lose weight to be pain-free”

Will this concept ever die?   It was not long ago that Dr. Ellie wrote about the ridiculousness of hearing someone say that “your core is weak,” as an explanation for pain or, frankly, anything else. The idea has surfaced again except THIS time, it isn’t using your core as the reason for your pain. …

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Shin Splints: What are they and what you can do to manage them

With social distancing measure in place, an increased number of people seem to be running. This increase in engagement has correlated with an uptick in a specific question sent my way: “What should I do about my shin splints?” I hate (and love) to say this, but it depends. Today, I want to discuss what shin splints are exactly, and review actionable steps you can take to start feeling better.

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Mastering the hip hinge to prepare for the deadlift and move with confidence

As a physio who works with athletes, many of which are women, teaching the hip hinge and deadlift is essential. I use it with almost every single athlete in pain. For a number of reasons. Including, that this lift, unlike many others, works basically all the things: the shoulders, back, hips, hamstrings, knees, ankles, feet.…

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