BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

06/15/2022 | Knee injuries

Demands of Sport: Part VI – mapping direction change

Change of direction is vital for athletic performance. However, the high injury risk requires athletes to have the appropriate technical and physical capacities. Helen Bayne discusses the demands of direction changes in sports and identifies key movement patterns for practitioners to address during lower limb injury prevention and rehabilitation. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London... MORE

06/13/2022 | Anatomy

Clearing the confusion – clinical concussion rehabilitation

Concussion research continues to gain the support of sports medicine professionals. However, many remain in the dark regarding the potential of rehabilitation to improve clinical outcomes. Megyn Robertson shines a light on vestibular and oculomotor rehabilitation following concussion. Football – Premier League – Aston Villa’s John McGinn receives medical attention before being replaced by a... MORE

Joint injuries


01/12/2022 | Hand injuries

Saved by the bell: beating the injury count

Hand injuries are common in combat sports, particularly boxing. However, athletes may delay medical management due to the apparent innocuous nature of many of the injuries. Chris Mallac discusses boxing hand injuries and gives clinicians a treatment overview to ensure athletes are not TKO’d by injury. Introduction Combat sports require athletes to impart blows with... MORE

10/13/2021 | Hip injuries

Scratching beneath the surface: hip resurfacing arthroplasty in athletes

Hip osteoarthritis is an uncommon finding in the active young population, and its incidence increases with age. For the relatively young athlete who desires to continue training and competing, the diagnosis of hip OA may pose a dilemma. Chris Mallac shines a light on hip resurfacing in athletic populations and provides rehabilitation guidelines for practitioners.... MORE

07/22/2021 | Anatomy

Getting to grips with the distal radioulnar joint

Wrist injuries account for 3-9% of all sports injuries(1). Chris Mallac gets to grips with distal radioulnar joint injuries and discusses the presentation, diagnosis, and management in clinical practice.  Anatomy and Biomechanics The distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) allows pronation and supination of the forearm. Along with the proximal radioulnar joint (PRUJ), these two uniaxial pivot... MORE

Diagnose & Treat


05/13/2022 | Sports psychology

Rethinking pain: psychologically informed practice

Experiencing pain is a fundamental biopsychosocial phenomenon. However, practitioners typically treat pain in isolation with little emphasis on psychological influence. Carl Bescoby explores the psychological impact of pain and discusses how psychologically informed practice may offer benefits to managing the whole pain experience throughout rehabilitation. Introduction It is common for athletes to experience pain when... MORE

05/12/2022 | Sports psychology

Athlete voices in sports injury: The untapped resource

Researchers obtain qualitative data through first-hand observation, interviews, questionnaires, and other non-numerical sources of information. Jason Tee explores how clinicians can utilize the qualitative data and the athlete’s voice to improve rehabilitation outcomes. Sports injury research is clinical, impartial, and objective. It reduces athlete injuries to numbers and figures, removing the stories of the athletes... MORE

05/11/2022 | Diagnose & Treat

Case report: Klay Thompson’s injury journey

An injury will, directly and indirectly, affect the entire kinetic chain. Therefore, practitioners should develop holistic clinical assessment and rehabilitation plans. Cameron Gill reviews the complex interplay between the hamstring injury and ACL rupture risk to aid clinical judgment and decision making. Over his first eight seasons, NBA sharpshooter Klay Thompson never missed more than... MORE


05/10/2022 | Prevent

Fantasy or fact: artificial surface injury risk

Artificial playing surfaces are contentious and remain a talking point in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Marianke van der Merwe uncovers the artificial surface injury risk and provides recommendations to mitigate the risk factors for athletes. Artificial turf was first introduced in the 1960s and has evolved significantly. There are three reasons for artificial turf. Firstly,... MORE

04/15/2022 | Female Athletes

Female athletic performance: managing menopause

Menopause is the natural end of a female’s menstrual cycle and can have profound and diverse effects on women. Tracy Ward discusses how the female athlete can adapt and continue to train through the menopausal transition. Menopause is the natural end of a female’s menstrual cycle, and clinicians define it as 12 months after the... MORE

04/14/2022 | Tools and technology

Demands of Sport: Part V – Braking new ground

The role of deceleration on injury etiology and prevention continues to gather the attention of sports medicine practitioners. Understanding the deceleration demands of sport is essential in ensuring optimal prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Helen Bayne uncovers the assessment of deceleration and provides practical tools for practitioners to improve the management of athletes. Deceleration is... MORE


03/30/2022

Does the early bird outperform the worm?

An acute hamstring injury is the most common muscle injury involving high-speed running in sports. The financial, physical, and psychological burden on athletes and teams is significant. Furthermore, the reinjury rate is high. Therefore, effective hamstring injury rehabilitation is essential to reduce the risks and optimize individual and team performance. Researchers at the Copenhagen University... MORE

02/1/2022

The eagle has landed: a soft landing prevents a...

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Doubles Final –  Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova celebrate with the trophy after winning their final match against Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia REUTERS/Morgan Sette Paper Title: The relationship between Landing Error Scoring System performance and injury in female collegiate athletes Publication: International Journal... MORE

01/19/2022

Optimal Loading in Rehabilitation: finding the ‘sweet spot.’

There is an undisputed role for exercise in the early rehabilitative phase of soft tissue injuries. However, exercise prescription remains a challenge. In this article, Eurico Marques provides a framework for creating an individualized exercise prescription – the so-called ‘sweet spot.’ Skeletal muscle injuries occur when an external force overwhelms the muscle’s ability to generate... MORE

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