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Musculoskeletal injuries

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 triceps tendon injury in athletes. 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 the power... MORE

Plantar fascia ruptures

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

Chris Mallac identifies the unique anatomical and biomechanical features of the plantar fascia, describes the pathogenesis and clinical presentation of rupture, and how this injury may be managed in the athlete Medial plantar heel pain is a common overuse injury in running based athletes or in those who stand on their feet for extended periods of... MORE

Ulnar collateral ligament damage: an injury of the young

in Diagnose & Treat, Elbow and arm injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries

Trevor Langford takes an in-depth look at ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury. As well as discussing the typical injury mechanisms, he also explores examination, assessment and treatment options for clinicians seeking a deeper understanding of this injury Injuries affecting the medial elbow are common in overhead throwing sports such as baseball pitchers, and javelin throwers(1). The... MORE

Hamstrings: why ‘long and strong’ is best

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Power development

Chris Mallac explains why a ‘long’ biceps femoris fascicle length and good strength in the Nordic hamstring exercise correlate quite well to reduced injury risk in the biceps femoris, a commonly injured muscle in athletes. Injuries to the hamstrings are a common injury in athletes who are exposed to high-speed running such as sprint athletes, footballers,... MORE

Tendinopathy: new thinking on an old problem

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Treating tendinopathy injuries is a complex and delicate skill for the sports physiotherapist. Recent research advances have provided new insights into understanding this condition and providing better management principles, but there is still a lack of gold-standard clinically supported recommendations. Tracy Ward explores recent findings and draws comparisons. Tendinopathy is the most common overuse injury in... MORE


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