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Musculoskeletal injuries

Lower leg pain in athletes: know the difference

in Acute injuries, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Calf pain in athletes is common, but can be tricky to diagnose. Pat Gilham looks at the various conditions responsible, and what the literature says about an effective diagnosis. Calf muscle strain injuries are common across sports involving high-speed running or high volumes of running load, acceleration and deceleration – and also during fatiguing conditions of... MORE

Deltoid ligament: Not your run-of-the-mill ankle sprain

in Acute injuries, Ankle and foot injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries

Most sportsmen sprain their ankles laterally, however, there is the rare instance of a medial ankle sprain. In today’s feature article highlighting uncommon injuries, physiotherapist Chris Mallac explores deltoid ligament injuries. How infrequent are these injuries? Researchers in Alabama conducted an epidemiological study to find out1. They reviewed a large sample of the National Collegiate Athletic... MORE

More power to your elbow!

in Elbow and arm injuries, Email Newsletters, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Elbow pain is usually fairly straight forward, either occurring on the medial side or the lateral side. Unfortunately, that’s where the simplicity ends. Lateral epicondylitis (LE), also known as tennis elbow, is a chronic condition that plagues racquet sport athletes, archers, and shooters. Today’s feature article, by physiotherapist Trevor Langford, explores the diagnosis and rehabilitation... MORE

Lateral epicondylitis: assessment and rehabilitation

in Elbow and arm injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Trevor Langford explores the recent thinking on lateral epicondylitis. As well as describing the anatomy and biomechanics of the structures involved, he also considers the best-practice assessment, treatment and rehabilitation protocols. Lateral epicondylitis (LE) – commonly referred to as tennis elbow – is the most frequently diagnosed condition affecting the elbow. Tennis players often experience elbow... MORE

Hip weakness and shin splints: a biomechanical approach

in Improve, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Alicia Filley examines the role of biomechanics in medial tibial stress syndrome. Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS – commonly known as shin splints) is not medically serious, yet can suddenly side-line an otherwise healthy athlete. Roughly five percent of all athletic injuries are diagnosed as MTSS(1). The incidence increases in specific populations, accounting for 13-20% of... MORE

Stressed loading: Second metatarsal stress fracture – Part II

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

In part one of this article on second metatarsal stress fractures, Chris Mallac explored how these injuries occur, and the pathogenesis of second metatarsal stress fracture development. In part two, Chris considers the principles of second metatarsal stress fracture rehabilitation, including return to running, progressive loading and other aspects the clinician needs to consider Stress fractures... MORE

Case in point: Second metatarsal stress fracture – Part...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

In the first part of a two-part article, Chris Mallac presents a case study of an elite footballer who suffered a proximal 2ndmetatarsal fracture and a 3rdmetatarsal stress reaction. In this issue, Chris discusses the causative factors in the pathogenesis of metatarsal stress fractures and how they are diagnosed. Stress fractures of the metatarsals are a... MORE

Getting straight to the point on triceps tendon injuries

in Elbow and arm injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Chris Mallac explores another ‘uncommon injury,’ triceps tendinopathy and rupture. In addition to considering injury pathology, he also discusses imaging and diagnosis, along with management guidelines for rehab. Tendinopathies of the triceps tendon, and the potential serious sequalae of partial and complete ruptures, are a relatively rare but debilitating condition that can affect power athletes(1). For... MORE


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