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The Training For Trekking Podcast

Nov 25, 2019

In this episode, I interview Mark Walters, an experienced hiker, outdoor enthusiast and physiotherapist and we discuss a broad range of subjects to do with injury, training and hiking.

Injury while hiking and trekking are incredibly common. Things like knee pain, sprained ankles, tendon issues and back pain are common complaints from the trail. Unfortunately, the common advice around preventing and dealing with injuries for hikers often falls well short of the mark...

So today, I chat with Mark and he shares some incredibly practical and valuable knowledge around training for the trail, preventing common mishaps and injuries while hiking and the value of seeking professional help when dealing with this. 

You will learn:

  • Why reducing your pack weight ISN'T the golden solution to preventing injuries (and why it can potentially INCREASE your risk)
  • What the #1 best thing you can do to prevent injury while hiking (Hint: it isn't stretching!)
  • Some incredibly practical advice on how to prevent tripping while hiking
  • The good, the bad and the ugly of zero drop shoes for hikers
  • A few tips on how to start incorporating strength and conditioning training into your week (even if you are very hesitant)
  • Why you should consider getting early diagnosis and treatment from a physio (rather than rely on the 'wait and see' approach)


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