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How do you prevent running injuries? Ask our expert Physiotherapists.

Got a question for Brad and the team at Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions? Ask them in the comments section below!

Dr Brad McIntosh and the team at Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions have partnered with Blackmores again for the 2018 Sydney Running Festival.  This is the 8th year that Brad and his team of experienced running Physiotherapists have helped out by answering your injury prevention and management questions.

Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions is a group of leading Physiotherapy clinics, based in the Sydney CBD and Chatswood.



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Congratulations on completing the half! Stretching and ice post run is always a good idea and I would say 2 weeks rest is enough for most people. It is different for everybody so just see how the knee's settle over the next few weeks and go from there. Then its a case of gradually building back up again in terms of distance. I hope this helps

Tanya Bowden
Brad 25 Sep 2015
Hi, I completed the half marathon on Sunday and am a little stiff and knees a little tender. I stretched after the race and have been reading since Sunday morning. How many days is an ideal rest period after the half before I go for a run again or play a game of Squash? I understand it'll be different for everyone, but what would you recommend to average person? Thx
Anonymous 22 Sep 2015
Hi Dr. Brad - After running a couple of kilometers I start to get pains in my shins just above my foot, and I used to be able to walk and stretch and they would go away eventually. Now the pain seems to take longer to go away. Could you recommend some stretches for these muscles as this seems to help. Thanks!
Anonymous 14 Sep 2015
Hi there - I have very tight and sore hamstrings. As its only one week till the marathon what is your recommendation for training this week and treatment.

Thanks, Liz
Hi there,

I'm training for the Bridge Run and I'm getting a tight / painfurl feeling in my hips when road running but not so much when running on a softer surface. Do you have any suggestions for how to avoid or reduce this?
Thanks, B
Anonymous 10 Sep 2015
Hi Brad

I am training for the full marathon and have been going well.
The problem is now that i am doing distances above 25km i get very sore knees.
I bought some arch inner soles which worked on my left foot but seem to push my right foot up to much and is uncomfortable on the outside of my knee.
Any advice on a inbetween solution?
Anonymous 04 Sep 2015
Hi Brad,

What are the best exercises for ITB's?

I do the one lying on the floor with one foot on top of the other knee and pull the lower leg back but that's the only one I know.


Michelle 04 Sep 2015
Hi there,

I have been training for the half marathon for the last few months, but just yesterday started getting "stiff ankles" when running just doing a short 5km. I have been gradually building up my distances, running four times per week with a combination of 2 short runs, 1 middle distance and 1 long run, so I didn't expect this kind of problem.

My knee has also been a little sore - just a dull ache while cycling, running or going up stairs.

Any ideas what these could be, or any suggestions on preventative measures/stretches?

Many thanks,

Annabelle 28 Aug 2015