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Coronary artery disease risk factors
Tracey Steenkamp
Posted on 07 Aug 2013

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and are the most prominent circulation disorders around the world.

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Atherosclerosis
Cindy Helena
Posted on 05 Jul 2013

In the modern-day era, when there are thousands of medications to heal ailments, diseases and abnormalities, there is still an exceptionally high number of people dying every year owing to heart diseases.

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Ankle sprains - An overview of ankle sprain rehabilitation
Licinda Pienaar
Posted on 06 Jun 2013

The majority of the active population experiences leg and foot problems sometime in their life.

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Action research - a tool to improve service delivery in the health industry
Tindall de Brouwer
Posted on 06 May 2013

In this article Action Research will be explored as well as its relationship with reflective practice.

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Shelly Louw
Posted on 02 Apr 2013

The iliotibial band (ITB) is a thick sheet of connective tissue that originates at the iliac crest and ends at Gerdyís tubercle and the fibular head.

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Exercise and depression
GF Malan
Posted on 19 Feb 2013

Depression is a condition that is often misunderstood by the public at large.

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Exercise in the workplace
Shelly Louw
Posted on 28 Jan 2013

Itís the start of a new year Ė most likely accompanied by resolutions focusing on achieving optimum health and wellness, either spiritually, emotionally or physically.

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Overuse injuries in adolescents
Rowen Brown
Posted on 11 Dec 2012

An increasing number of young athletes are being brought in for treatment because they are experiencing persistent and generalised pain.

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ISR ondersteun ons Seniors….
Henda Van Schalkwyk
Posted on 13 Nov 2012

Die Help Seniors is ‘n aktiewe organisasie vir seniors van 50+ en bestaan al vir ses jaar.

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Water Aerobics
Danielle Steenkamp
Posted on 06 Nov 2012

Water exercise is an enjoyable way for individuals of all ages and fitness levels to achieve injury-free, effective exercise results.

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ISR extends a helping hand
Henda
Posted on 25 Oct 2012

ISR Staff & Members donate to SPCA

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Fitness Friday Initiative
Henda Van Schalkwyk
Posted on 27 Sep 2012

Launch

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Overworked: Overdoing it?
Guillaume 'Jeff' Malan
Posted on 24 Jul 2012

Doing too much is a common problem for virtually all of us at some point in the year.

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Cerebral Palsy
Sasha Padoa
Posted on 04 Jun 2012

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is an umbrella term for a group of disorders affecting the body’s movement, balance, and posture (Ratanawongsa, 2010). CP consists of a group of permanent yet non-progressive physical disabilities that appear in the early stages of infancy and childhood.

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Cholesterol
Danielle Steenkamp
Posted on 18 Apr 2012

What is a cholesterol?

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Benefits of exercise after stroke
Tracey
Posted on 23 Mar 2012

The use of exercise has multiple advantages for those affected by stroke.

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Atrial Fibrillation: Definition, symptoms and effects of exercise
Shelly Malan
Posted on 21 Feb 2012

To understand what atrial fibrillation is, you need to understand the make-up of the heart.

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Strength training guidelines for children
Licinda Liebenberg & Dr. Kim Nolte
Posted on 21 Feb 2012

Can children participate in strength training programmes?

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Diabetes SA
Tanya
Posted on 22 Sep 2011

Diabetes SA visits ISR

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Shoulder Rehabilitation for Athletes
Licinda Liebenberg
Posted on 17 Jun 2011

A frequent question that people ask is how to strengthen an injured shoulder. Some athletes train around a shoulder injury for years; others try every unreasonable treatment, instead of realizing they can correct the problem with proper training.

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Balance: Maintaining equilibrium
Guillaume Malan
Posted on 17 Jun 2011

As human beings we carry the majority of our body weight fairly high off the ground compared to some of our four-footed friends. This means we have a very high center of gravity, and being bipeds, we have a small base of support for our tall structure. This is where balance becomes essential, the ability to have our postures in equilibrium with our base of support.(Prentice 2004)

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Diabetes Mellitus
Tracey
Posted on 12 Apr 2011

Diabetes Mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin.

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Pulmonary Disease
Danielle
Posted on 12 Apr 2011

The lungs are essential organs of respiration.

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Water Aerobics
Danielle Steenkamp
Posted on 13 Jan 2011

Water exercise is an enjoyable way for individuals of all ages and fitness levels to achieve injury-free, effective exercise results.

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Obesity and Exercise
Tanya Camacho
Posted on 13 Jan 2011

Obesity is described as the imbalance between energy intake and expenditure such that excess energy is stored in fat cells, which enlarge or increase in number.

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The Power of Pilates
Licinda Liebenberg & Gareth Spiers
Posted on 13 Jan 2011

Pilates is an exercise method that covers the art and science of human movement as it relates to the Pilate's principles. Pilates is for the young and the old, it offers solutions to those with restricted mobility and to the elite athlete that strives for the perfect physique.

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The Role of Exercise in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Tracey Steenkamp
Posted on 13 Jan 2011

Cardiac rehabilitation is the use of exercise, education, as well as psychological and emotional support, to facilitate a patient's recovery from heart disease or heart surgery.

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Heart Attacks
Tracey
Posted on 02 Jun 2010

A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is the death of heart muscle from the sudden blockage of a coronary artery by a blood clot.

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Cholesterol
Tracey
Posted on 04 May 2010

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in every cell of the body. It is used to help digest fats, strengthen cell membranes and make hormones.

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Diabetes and Exercise
Tracey
Posted on 08 Apr 2010

Regular physical activity is an important component in improving the quality of life of diabetic patients.

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Osteoporosis
Tracey
Posted on 02 Nov 2009

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. Bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced and bone micro-architecture is disrupted in people with osteoporosis.

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The Importance of Physical Preparedness in the Workplace
Camacho, T.C., Steenkamp, D., Steenkamp, T., Nel, J., Du Toit, F.C. & Malan, G
Posted on 09 Oct 2009

Employees are the most important asset in the work place. It is vital therefore, that employees work in an optimal environment and that they are always at their best. This can be achieved by ensuring that the employees are physically prepared to perform their work (e.g. executives need to be able to cope with high levels of stress, factory workers need to be strong and agile to prevent injuries). Employees should therefore, be encouraged to embrace physical activity as a lifestyle choice.

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The influence of physical activity on mental well-being
Tracey
Posted on 02 Oct 2009

There is sufficient evidence that exists for the effectiveness of exercise in the treatment of clinical depression.

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Angina Pectoris
Tracey
Posted on 01 Sep 2009

Angina Pectoris is a term for chest pain caused by an inadequate supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

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Blood Pressure
Tracey
Posted on 01 Sep 2009

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries of the heart.

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Asthma and exercise
Tracey
Posted on 12 Aug 2009

Asthma is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system in which the airways occasionally constrict, become inflamed, and are lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers.

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Colds and the Flu
Tracey
Posted on 12 Jun 2009

What causes colds and the flu?

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LUMBAGO
Tracey
Posted on 28 Apr 2009

Lumbago is the term used to describe general lower back pain.

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Stress
Danielle
Posted on 23 Apr 2009

Do you ever feel like there are too many pressures and demands on you? Are you losing sleep worrying about work, relationships, crime or your appearance? You're not alone. Everyone experiences stress at times, but there are ways you can minimize and manage stress.

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