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Osteopathy and Sports


Crossfit is a core strength and conditioning program that integrates key skills for peak athletic performance; cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

It uses a variety of exercises, the combination of which lead to a dynamic and varied workout that utilises the whole body in each session. Crossfit can be undertaken by anyone as the workouts are tailored accordingly to each individuals abilities.

Osteopaths are concerned with the structure and function of the body and we at Rosedale Road Osteopaths consider Crossfit to be an excellent exercise for our patients to try. As osteopaths we often see injuries to the lower lumbar spine caused by weakened core strength and poor lifting technique. Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that works on the principal of strengthening the core first, thereby assisting strengthening of weakened lower lumbar spine, preventing further injury.

Anyone considering starting a program such as Crossfit can benefit from osteopathy before and during their training. An osteopathic consultation can help identify any potential weakness in the musculo-skeletal system that may lead to injury. Osteopathy is also beneficial for treating any sports injuries and can get patients back to their training program. Osteopathic treatment can also can help with those "little niggles" which prevent the patient from achieving the next level of fitness and making significant progress in their training.


Rosedale Road Osteopaths is proud to sponsor Bevan McKinnon in his journey to success. Bevan McKinnon is an elite level triathlete having competed at the World Champs at Olympic, Long Course and Ironman distances. Bevan is a previous winner of the Taupo Half Ironman and, more recently, the Challenge Wanaka Half. He has numerous top 10 placings in international iron distance triathlons including 2 podium finishes and this year won the overall age group race at New Zealand Ironman coming home in a time of 9hrs and 55 seconds.

Bevan is a Level 3 TRINZ Accredited Coach, one of only three coaches at this level in New Zealand. He is also qualified as a Bike NZ coach, a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach and is a certified member of the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REP'S). Bevan was recently confirmed as a Research Associate for AUT's Endurance Performance Clinic working out of the AUT/Millennium Institute in Auckland. He will operate as a triathlon coach for the Sports Performance Research Institute developing training opportunities and sports science testing from within the facility.

More information about Bevan and his coaching can be found at

For a 5 minute focus on Osteopathy and high performance athletes listen to Fitter radio episode 15.

Bevan McKinnon - Triathlete