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Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Three)

Part three of the article on “Stress, the individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace”, is the third and final part of the three-part “stress-related” article.
Just a brief recap.  Part one looked at the physiological and psychological aspects of the “Human Stress Response” and how perception plays a large part in the stress initiation process. The “fight, flight and freeze” stress responses were also explained, along with the wide variety of physiological changes that occur throughout the entire body.
Part Two looked at the longer term effects of continually initiating the human stress response and how this interferes with the bodies day to day repair and maintenance processes. The second part of the article also looked at short and long-term physical, emotional and psychological (mental health) effects of overstimulation of the human stress response.
The final part of the article will look at effective measures that can be taken to help reduce the adverse effects of stress. As…
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Shin Splints - Running Injury Series

Shin Splints are another reasonably common running injury, though the condition does not only affect runners. There are many sports and activities which involve placing a load on the lower legs and which can lead to Shin Splints. As per the name, Shin Splint pain occurs over the shin bone or Tibia area of the lower leg. The diagram below shows a lower left leg, the larger Tibia (shin bone), smaller Fibula and part of the ankle/foot complex.

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The pain may appear over a small or large area of the shin. The pain can dull in nature, though more often than not is quite sharp. In some cases, people can push through the pain in the earlier stages of the condition.However, the pain tends to become rather intense longer term stopping activity. Sufferers of the injury usually notice pain shortly after commencing exercise. Shin splints can often affect both shins too. T…

Ankle Injuries (Ankle Inversion and Ankle Eversion) - Running Injury Series

Ankle injuries can undoubtedly be one of the most problematic injuries a runner can get, though such injuries affect a lot of other people too. The simple reason being is that the foot has a significant impact on the “kinetic chain” and everything above the foot/ankle. The foot and ankle are also load bearing joint complexes, with loads increasing with certain types of activity (jumping, fast changes in direction, carrying heavy equipment). Furthermore, ankle injuries affect a wide variety of tissues within the injury area including fascia, ligaments, tendons, muscles. The most severe cases can also lead to joint dislocations and bone breakages Unresolved Ankle injuries can frequently lead to other injuries/conditions such as Plantar Fasciopathy, Achilles Tendinopathy, Shin Splints, Knee, Hip and back problems. Again, this is in part due to the “Kinetic Chain”, and the impact on unresolved ankle injury has on other joints structures and tissues. The author knows much of this all to we…