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Red flags for injuries - How to know when you need to stop

Written by bodyneed on June 2nd, 2015.      0 comments

It’s the number one fear of all athletes – and it doesn’t discriminate between beginners or elites. With so much time and energy put into our training, the last thing we want is to be forced to stop through injury. To see all our training go to waste.
Logically, it would make sense to get problems seen to immediately, right?
Why wait till it gets worse?
It’s amazing how often we see clients who have ignored the signs and just kept training through the pain.
The reason? FEAR!
Many think that if they see a physio they will; a) have to stop or; b) might find out the injury is way worse than they thought. But if they had only seen their physio earlier (or better still, had been getting regular massage) they would have stopped it from getting so bad.
Training for a big endurance event is never going to be completely pain-free – mild aches and pains are to be expected as your distance increases. The trick is knowing when to seek advice…

Common areas of pain in endurance athletes
Shin pain, foot pain, heel pain
Knee pain – usually on the outside
Hip pain, lower back ache, mid-back, headaches
Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain
Do you need to worry about these types of pain? Here’s a quick guide to help you figure out when you need to book a physio…

Key signs and symptoms that could indicate a potential injury
1. Pain that persists with exercise
2. Night pain – pain that wakes you up
3. Pain that does not ease after 12-24 hours
4. Pain that persists after exercise stops – after cooling down or the next day (you may not have felt anything while training)
5. Tingling, numbness, shooting pain, swelling
6. Pain that interferes with daily life

If you answer yes to any of the above then you need to get it checked out!

Remember - if in doubt check it out - make your physiotherapy appointment today!


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