10/12/2021 | Improve

No time to snooze: the athlete’s sleep paradox

Sleep is essential for athletic performance and recovery, affecting both cognitive and physical health. However, athletes continue to fall short of the sleep recommendations despite the well-established benefits. Nicolaas van Djik takes the covers off the athlete’s sleep paradox and provides new insights. Runners sleep before competing in the 2016 New York City Marathon in... MORE

09/6/2021 | Sports psychology

Autoregulation: The solution to the rehab programming puzzle

Rehabilitation programs aim to recondition the injured tissue site to be pain-free and cope with the physical demands of the sport. Jason Tee delves into using autoregulation in exercise prescription to create robust athletes. Training prescription is a delicate balancing act of tissue-loading. Overload a client, and they may suffer setbacks in the form of... MORE

Joint injuries

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

06/2/2021 | Shoulder injuries

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in the Athlete: Part 2

Part one of this article series discussed the patho-anatomy of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) and the typical symptoms associated with the different neurological and vascular TOS subtypes.  In part two, Chris Mallac outlines the clinical tests used to diagnose TOS and discusses conservative management and surgical options to treat this injury. Clinical Tests There are... MORE

Diagnose & Treat

09/7/2021 | Strength

It’s all about intensity: maintaining training intensity can preserve...

Cessation in training, whether planned or unplanned, is a common occurrence in the life of all individuals, especially athletes, as it relates to the management of injuries or time spent off following a competition. Joe Cassaro explores ‘how much is enough?’ to maintain endurance and strength performance outcomes.  The cessation of training for four weeks... MORE

09/5/2021 | Overuse injuries

Divide and conquer: using subgroups to manage Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a common yet complex condition to treat. New findings suggest subgrouping patients could enhance treatment and recovery. Tracy Ward recaps tendon pathology and explains how subgrouping athletes may improve clinical outcomes. Achilles tendinopathy (AT) is one of the most common overuse injuries, with a prevalence rate of approximately 10%(1). The injury usually... MORE

08/7/2021 | Musculoskeletal injuries

Obsessing about Osteochondritis Dissecans

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee is a pathological entity initially presenting as vague internal knee pain. Chris Mallac takes a deep dive into OCD and uncovers the clinical presentation and management. Introduction Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) primarily occurs when the subchondral bone undergoes blood flow disruption leading to ischemia and damage. It may present as... MORE

10/12/2021 | Email Newsletters

What’s your story? How to make sense of and...

Paper title: Storying sports injury experiences of elite track athletes: A narrative analysis.  Publication: Psych of Sport and Exercise Publication date: June 2021 INTRODUCTION Formulating and sharing stories offers a way of making sense of injury experiences. These stories, although unique, are shaped through the athlete’s socio-cultural context. The athlete’s narrative acts as a resource... MORE

08/17/2021 | Email Newsletters

Working with Athletes with Disability in Rehabilitation

In the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, the Paralympic Games are on the horizon, and athletes are preparing to take the stage to showcase their capabilities to the world. Paralympians inspire individuals of all abilities to reach for their dreams despite insurmountable odds. Furthermore, the Paralympic Games can increase the participation and opportunities of athletes... MORE

08/9/2021 | Sports psychology

Deep breathe in, better performance out: can breathing and...

Athletes may experience fear avoidance when exposed to an unpleasant physical or cognitive experience. The perception of their experience may lead to anxiety and stress dysfunctions. Breathing and mindfulness techniques can minimize an athletes’ psychological perceptions, but can these components enhance sports performance? Tracy Ward looks at using breathwork and mindfulness to improve performance. Cleveland... MORE


Injuries among male and female amateur rugby players: what...

Paper Title: Injury Trends in Irish Amateur Rugby: An epidemiological comparison of men and women Publication: Sports Health Publication date: March 2021 INTRODUCTION Despite its collisional nature and high injury incidence rate (IIR), rugby union is a popular global sport. Males and females play the sport at professional, semi-professional, and amateur levels. Although research exists... MORE


Improving compliance of load management programs in elite youth...

Paper title: Facilitators and barriers for implementation of a load management intervention in football Journal: British Journal of Sports Medicine Publication date: 22 June 2021 INTRODUCTION The physical demands on elite youth football players are high compared to age-matched recreational athletes, and there is a high burden of injury and illness throughout the season. However,... MORE


The period problem: does menstruation make females more vulnerable...

  Young girls are encouraged to play sport, and many of them continue to pursue active and competitive lifestyles through adulthood. In the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, nearly half of the athletes participating were women(1). As women’s sport continues to bloom, our understanding of how their physiological differences affect injury risk improves. As new... MORE

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