Sponsor Athlete: Natalie van den Adel

Nat shooting NatA native from the Netherlands Natalie van den Adel has joined the McKinnon Cougars State Championship Team. At 25 Natalie has already had a spectacular career.
Natalie started playing basketball at the age of 8,after winning back to back National Championships and receiving MVP honors at 17 for her hometown club, she left to play for Colorado State University, USA where she would stay for 2 years.

In 2012 & 2013 Natalie returned to her hometown club in the Netherlands, playing for the Senior Womens Team (highest level in the Netherlands), winning back to back Final Four Gold Medals and an MVP award.

After a season in France, one of the best leagues in Europe, Natalie moved to play in the Liga Femenina, the highest division in Spain. Finishing her second season with C.D. Zamarat in Zamora would lead her to Australia, where she is now a member of the McKinnon Cougars State Championship Team.

Since she was 15 Natalie has been a member of the National Team of the Netherlands. She has played 6 youth European Championships, winning a Gold medal with her U20 team. At the age of 20, Natalie made her debut in the Senior National Team and she has been a member since.

It is great to have Natalie here in Australia, she is a very welcome addition to the Cougars Championship team. We look forward to continuing working with Natalie and the rest of the team for the rest of the season.


Asics GT2000 Update

This is a warning for those runners who have been loyal to the Asics GT2000 model and have updated their shoes. The Asics GT2000-3 is significantly different to the Asics GT2000-2 and all previous GT2000 models.  Asics have re-engineered the GT2000 a shoe that has been consistent for years.  Similar stories can be read about the Kayano and Nimbus models. Continue reading “Asics GT2000 Update”


ITB Friction Syndrome is a common overuse injury that involves pain being produced on the outside of the knee. It is usually associated with activities that involve repetitive bending and straightening of the knee, such as running and cycling.

The Iliotibial band is a thick band of fascia that runs from the top of the thigh and attaches into the kneecap and tibia (leg bone). As you bend and straighten the knee, the ITB passes over a bony prominence on the outside of the leg which causes a friction irritation and thus causes pain and inflammation.There are numerous reasons as to why the ITB may shorten and tighten.

  • Poor biomechanics – cycling/running technique
  • Muscle weakness/imbalance – weak gluteals or quads
  • Unsuitable footwear
  • Change in training frequency/distance/surface
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Poor foot biomechanics

In order to treat ITB syndrome, rest from the aggravating activity is usually recommended, as well as ice over the outside of the knee to reduce inflammation.  Using a foam roller to roll up and down the ITB can be an effective home exercise to restore and maintain length of the fascial band. A Physiotherapist can utilise myofascial release, dry needling and trigger point therapy to release tight muscles and decrease pain.

It is also very important to address the biomechanical issues that may be causing the pain and irritation. At Physiosports, we use running and cycling video assessment as a great tool to gather information on biomechanics and any muscle weaknesses or imbalances that may be occurring. In turn, a thorough and specific rehabilitation program can be designed to address any issues found and when resolved, a gradual return to the pre-injury frequency and intensity of the activity may occur.


Ali and the Schwartz Crossfit Melbourne team won the Pacific Regional’s 2015

APA Sports Physiotherapist Alison Murdoch has competed internationally at the Crossfit Games;  read on about Crossfit, Ali, and her teams achievements. 

CrossFit is a training program that builds strength and conditioning through extremely varied and challenging workouts including an assortment of standard weightlifting and gymnastics movements.  Each day the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that’s capable of practically anything and everything.
Ali has more than a passing interest in Crossfit and helping athletes return back to Crossfit following an injury; having competed at every Australian/NZ Regional Competition since 2011, four times on the team and once as an individual competitor last year, finishing 15th

Ali recently competed in the Pacific Regionals in Wollongong, the team won and have now qualified for the Crossfit Games in Los Angeles in July. This will be the third time Ali and the team have made it to the World Crossfit games

Good Luck Ali and the team!


Football fever continues with Germany just winning the Brazil 2014 World Cup Final.

The Socceroos World Cup preparation was riddled by injury, with big names  Tom Rogic (groin), Josh Kennedy (back), Mile Jedinak (groin) being affected. Away from the 2014 World Cup, the Matilda’s squad also suffered an influx of knee injuries .

The call for preventative measures toward the high incidence of lower limb injuries in football players has not fallen on deaf ears.

In 2008, International governing body FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) funded a research project looking at whether lower limb injuries could be prevented through the implementation of a structured warm up routine – The FIFA 11+. The results were astounding.

The study was huge, performed on almost 2500 Norweigan amateur female football players between 13 and 17 years old.

Almost 1900 players were part of the intervention group, and 600 in the control group which performed warm up as usual. The intervention  involved participating in a comprehensive warm-up programme to improve strength, awareness, and neuromuscular control during static and dynamic movements. The program was performed during one season, and injuries were tracked throughout.


When performed only twice a week, the intervention group had 37% less injuries at training, and 29% fewer match injuries. Severe injuries (at least 28 days to return to play) reduced by almost 50%, the incidence of acute, overuse, ankle and knee injuries also reduced significantly (see Table below).

This is a scientifically proven, injury prevention warm up program that has been designed to be easily implemented by coaches.

FIFA have kindly attributed a website to the FIFA 11+ program, with all relevant resources(research articles, posters, manuals)  to be found there.


Phil’s Footy Boot Review- Nike Mercurial Vapor

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump reviews the new shoes available on the market

STYLE: Mercurial Vapor
SIZES:Men’s 7-13.5
WEIGHT: 230g

UPPER: The upper of the Nike Mercurial Vapor is a teijin synthetic upper.  It is ultra lightweight and moulds to the shape of the foot.  The lace cover on the previous models has been removed to reveal a traditional central lacing position.  This makes the shoe easier to adjust and allows the laces to be replaced.

MIDSOLE: As with all other Nike football boots there is no midsole or heel lift.

OUTSOLE: Unlike carbon fiber, which is found in the vapor’s more expensive brother, this model has a tepex glass fiber chassis.  Compared to traditional plastic, the glass fiber improves support and stiffness of the outsole, but reduces weight and thickness, bringing the foot closer to the ground.

Direct injected dual density TPU studs are cored out to further reduce weight.  The forefoot zonal spikes, which are based on a sprinting design, give the perfect balance of excellent straight-line force transfer and lateral grip.


  • Forefoot:The one-piece teijin upper is extremely comfortable at the forefoot and due to its sprint spike like design, it has a glove like fit allowing the upper to mould to the foot.
  • Midfoot:The vapor does not have the flywire found in the Superfly, although, the fit across the midfoot remains firm without being tight.
  • Heel Counter:The heel has minimal padding to reduce weight, however, as the shoe moulds to your foot, there is no rubbing and the heel counter isn’t felt.
  • Orthotics:The tepex outsole gives provides an ideal base for orthoses to sit on, although, due to the minimalistic design of the boot, there is no room for bulky orthoses.

RIDE:The ride is similar to most football boots.  The tepex outsole distributes the pressure evenly from each stud allowing for little to no stud pressure.  The Nike Mercurial Vapor is noticeably more lightweight and comfortable when compared with other traditional leather boots.

CONCLUSION: The Nike Mercurial Vapor is a further improvement to an already impressive vapor range and religious followers of this boot will not be disappointed.  The Vapor’s upper has the best leather-like feel of any synthetic boot and is available in a range of exciting colours that fans of this shoe will appreciate.


  • Players with a narrow to normal neutral foot type and lighter build
  • Players who are quick and agile and looking for a competitive advantage
  • Players who like colorful boots

Phil’s Runners Review- Asics Landreth

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump reviews the new shoes available on the market

BRAND: Asics
STYLE: Landreth
CATEGORY: Neutral Running
SIZES:  Men’s 7-16, Women’s 6-13
WEIGHT: 340g

 UPPER: The upper of the Landreth is similar to the rest of the Asics range with one notable exception.  The clutch collar system is a new design feature, which has been added to the DS Trainer and Landreth.  It contains an inner fit sleeve, which wraps around the heel and a collar that connects to the lacing system to support the heel.  This reduces pressure from a traditional heel counter and aids to improve support.

Dual PHF memory foam is contained in the inner sleeve to further increase comfort.  Additionally, Biomorphic fit has been added to the upper, which reduces irritation to the forefoot caused by areas of frequent buckling.

MIDSOLE: The midsole contains both forefoot and rear foot gel units which enhances cushioning.  The Gender specific Space Trusstic pieces through the shank of the shoe accommodates the anatomical and physiological differences between men and women, further enhancing the support each needs.  The mid foot is taken from the 2160 shoe, without the medial post and crash pad, creating a firm neutral shoe.

OUTSOLE: The Landreth has a blown rubber forefoot, which reduces the weight but aids in grip.  On high wear areas, at the heel the shoe, it has AHAR+ plugs for durability and grip.


  • Forefoot:The shoe is comfortable through the forefoot with biomorphic fit and limited overlays, which reduce irritation from pressure on the forefoot.
  • Midfoot: The mid foot of the shoe is stable without creating a hard feeling which is often felt in posted shoes.  There is no sensation that the collar is pulling on the mid foot, and it feels supported by the upper, but not cramped.
  • Heel Counter:The clutch collar system takes time to get used to. At first, it may suffocating, as the collar pulls the upper tight against the foot.  However, after a few wears, it begins to feel comfortable and supportive.
  • Orthotics:The shoe appears to be purpose built to hold orthoses, with no posting, and a very supportive midsole, which can accommodate an orthotic.  There is some concern that the new clutch collar system will struggle to hold a foot on top of the orthotic, however when tested, no problems were encountered.

RIDE: The ride of the shoe is excellent.  Asics often get this part right every time.  The Space Trusstic system allows seamless heel to toe off and the gel and Solyte midsole give an excellent cushioning experience.  The ride is a slightly harsher than the rest of the Asics neutral running range, however, this is ideal to act with an orthotic that needs extra help from the shoe.

CONCLUSION: As a podiatrist, I have traditionally loved this shoe since its inception seven models ago.   I was very concerned when I saw the updates to the new model, however, after testing it I was pleasantly surprised.  The midsole remains stable and the upper hasn’t lost any of its rear foot support.  I will continue to recommend this shoe to patients, including those who wear orthotics.


  • Runners who have a reasonably neutral foot type
  • Runners who have orthoses
  • Runners who have a slightly pronated foot type but are irritated by medial posts

Phil’s Footy Boot Review- Adidas F50 Adizero TRX FG

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump reviews the new shoes available on the market

BRAND: Adidas
STYLE: F50 Adizero TRX FG
SIZES:Men’s 7-13.5
WEIGHT: 165g

UPPER: The upper of the Adizero F50 is made with sprint skin, a single layer material, which is very thin.  This reduces the weight of the shoe and improves ball feel.  It also allows the upper to mould more effectively to the foot.  This is a feature traditional synthetic uppers have always struggled with.
The upper is reinforced through the midfoot with TPU support bands that increase stability and offer increased sideways support.  The lace cover seen on previous F50 models has been removed and replaced with asymmetrical laces similar to those seen in the Predator series.

MIDSOLE: The Adizero F50 does not have a midsole or heel lift, instead,  it comes with two innersoles.  One is ultra thin and lightweight, and the other has adiprene inserts to improve comfort.

OUTSOLE: The outsole of the new Adizero F50 optimizes fit due to the new last.  It is called the sprint frame and it is made from one piece of lightweight plastic, which aids in reducing weight.  As well as reducing weight, the outsole wraps around the foot and binds with the upper, transferring sheer force and reduces wear on traditional football boot weak points.

By stripping the boot back to reduce weight, theAdizero F50 is not as supportive through the shank compared to other Adidas boots such as the Predator or Adipure series.  The traxion cleat pattern seen in previous models has been replaced with triangular studs which improve functional advantage.


  • Forefoot: The new last is wide throughout the forefoot, making it more comfortable compared to other Adidas football boots, which are often narrow.  It is possible that the will gape where the boot flexes during the first few wears.
  • Midfoot:The TPU support bands make the midfoot of the boot feel snug while exaggerating the width of the forefoot.
  • Heel Counter:The sprint frame wraps around your heel and despite minimal padding, which reduces weight, it is comfortable.
  • Orthotics:As with most football boots, fitting orthoses into this boot can be difficult.  A mild to moderate orthotic can be fitted, although, with space at a premium, due to the glove like fit, it is not ideal.

RIDE: The ride is not that dissimilar to other football boots.  The sprint frame is very comfortable to run on, and unlike other boots, you don’t feel each and every stud.

CONCLUSION: The Adizero F50 is the lightest boot in what is fast becoming the most popular category of boots.  Having worn previous F50 models, it is unlike its predecessors and is highly comparable with established competitors such as the Nike Mercurial series.


  • Players with a normal to wide neutral foot type and lighter build
  • Players who have speed and agility as their weapon
  • Players who like colorful boots