A Runners Need to Know

Running has become a regular form of exercise that has many great benefits for general health and wellbeing. 

Running is great for burning calories, strengthening the heart and working those important core muscles. Running is a high impact form of exercise, as it involves a combination of muscles to be used all at once. 

For many, running provides them with their ‘daily dose’ of therapy, and can be used as a way of letting go and to recharge/refresh the mind after a busy day at work or with life in general. However, it is of no secret that the more you run (due to the high impact of activity) it can increase your risk of injuries occurring. Let’s discuss what you need to be aware of as an everyday runner:  


  1. Aching Joints:
    When our feet hit the ground running, it can cause great impact to what we like to call ‘shock absorbers’ (also known as our knees)!How are they shock absorbers?Within our knee joint, we have a very important element – called the Meniscus. The meniscus is primarily designed in our bodies to absorb the majority of impact when you run. Surrounding ligaments and cartilage also come under significant strain whilst running, which leaves you with pain or an aching feeling within your knees. 


  2. Invest in a good pair of runners:
    If you enjoy going on your leisurely runs or take your running seriously to compete in events. We recommend spending some money on a decent, high-quality pair of running shoes that are distinctively designed to suit your unique foot shape and size. Whether you are running on the road, treadmill or trail running, it is ideal that you also make sure your shoe option is suited to the terrain you regularly run across. There are endless choices on the market when it comes to quality footwear for runners and athletes. Make sure to research your purchase and remember the old saying of, you get what you pay for. Runners can experience up to 2-3 running related injuries per year. We suggest you report to your physiotherapist to discuss your symptoms and get you back running! 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.