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02/5/2020 | Email Newsletters

How tendons adapt: learning more and knowing less

Knowledge of tendon pathology, the bugaboo of athletic injury, has evolved over the last few decades. Once thought of as a purely inflammatory condition, a diseased tendon demonstrates inflammation and degeneration within the tendon. Science continues to expand our knowledge of tendon health. A sports scientist from La Trobe University recently (2019) undertook the daunting... MORE

01/24/2020 | Leg injuries

Hamstring injuries: why location and anatomy matters!

Tracy Ward examines the principles of standard hamstring rehabilitation, expands them to differentiate by anatomical location within the muscle group, and shows how this translates into more specific rehabilitation protocols. Hamstring injuries are the most common soft tissue injuries seen in team field sports and track. The very high rate of re-injury (as high as... MORE

Joint injuries


01/28/2020 | Email Newsletters

47% of ACLR patients who can SLS still have...

The high rate of reinjury after anterior cruciate ligament repair (ACLR) makes it essential that clinicians accurately assess an athlete’s readiness to return to sport (RTS). Many factors play a role in RTS decision making, not the least of which is knee extensor strength. Regaining quadriceps strength is one of the most challenging aspects of... MORE

12/13/2019 | Uncommon injuries

Uncommon injuries: Pes anserinus part II – the road...

In the first part of this series, Andrew Hamilton outlined the structure of the pes anserinus complex, the risk factors for injury, and the diagnostic criteria. In the second and final part, he explores the most effective treatment options and rehab protocols for athletes suffering from a pes injury. As explained in part one of this... MORE

11/12/2019 | Email Newsletters

Evidence doesn’t equal symptoms. Get the picture?

The sports medicine industry is lately taking a hard look at the reliance on imaging for diagnosis, as well they should. Diagnostic imaging has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States(1). The dependence on imaging for clinical decision making decreases the amount of time the practitioners spend with patients and possibly the number... MORE

Diagnose & Treat


03/28/2020 | Diagnose & Treat

The science of fatigue: how to move beyond perception

Fatigue is a complex issue, rarely noted beyond athlete complaints of feeling tired. Alejandro Nino explains why an athlete or patient stops exercising and how to influence variables for improved performance. Two of the main theories of exercise regulation are the peripheral model and the central governor model of fatigue(1). These two models are mostly... MORE

03/12/2020 | Anatomy

Muscle strain injury: time to consider the fascia?

Andrew Hamilton looks at recent evidence suggesting that fascial tissue damage may play a significant role in muscle strain injury, and the potential implications for clinicians treating these kinds of injuries in athletes. Muscle strain injuries frequently occur in athletes. In ball-sports (soccer, rugby, basketball, football etc), they are among the most common of all... MORE

03/5/2020 | Diagnose & Treat

Injury niggles: manage small problems for a big difference

Jason Tee explains why classifying athletes as injured or uninjured may be too simplistic and how addressing niggling injuries could improve outcomes in the longer term. Niggles are an accepted consequence of sports participation. Even though athletes accumulate many aches and pains through their endeavors, most agree that the benefits of sport participation outweigh the... MORE


03/31/2020 | Email Newsletters

Advice to discharged athletes: don’t play right away

Athletes quarantined or ordered to stay home, especially ones who were previously furloughed due to injury, have limited opportunities to exercise in a way that simulates match play. Once communities lift the social distancing guidelines, those on the injured list will be healed enough to return to play. However, will they be more vulnerable to... MORE

03/20/2020 | Improve

Strength training for runners: what’s the ideal recipe?

Sidelined due to the coronavirus, now is the ideal time for athletes to develop foundational components to enhance performance and prevent injury. In the first of a two-part series, Tracy Ward explains the benefits of adding strength training to a running schedule and deciphers the prescription variances. Now that concerns over the spread of the coronavirus... MORE


03/24/2020

8 tips for conducting telehealth treatment sessions like a...

  Due to the coronavirus, most municipalities and regions are under a stricter level of social distancing. Many are calling for people to ‘shelter-in-place’. Depending on where you reside and practice, you’ve likely shuttered your clinic by now. That doesn’t mean you have to stop treating patients. Sports professionals around the world are exploring telehealth... MORE

03/10/2020

Mixing it up for maximal motivation

Injured athletes often bang away at the same exercises with each therapy session, adding weights and reps when tolerated. A crowded therapy schedule may mean knee group and shoulder group doing the same prescribed exercises each day. Researchers from Brazil wondered if changing up a workout routine would enhance exercise results. They randomly assigned 17... MORE

03/3/2020

5 ways to address psychological, social, and contextual factors...

Just under half of the injuries that take players off the field and onto the bench are due to knee trauma(1). The number of athletes that returns to play at their previous level is significantly low(1). Typical injury recovery programs focus on the physical damage, but despite the improvement in clinical parameters, athletes may still... MORE

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