BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

09/22/2022 | Improve

Too hot to handle: does heat exposure improve athletic...

Saunas have been around for centuries, and populations worldwide have benefited from their general health effects. However, as heat exposure gains popularity, athletes will undoubtedly seek guidance on its performance benefits. Chris Mallac discusses sauna use in athletic populations and the potential performance and recovery benefits for athletes. Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Matt Bush sits... MORE

08/14/2022 | Neck and back injuries

Eyes-up: sensorimotor integration issues post whiplash-associated disorders

Sensorimotor integration is often affected following traumatic head and neck injuries. However, the signs and symptoms are not always obvious. In sports, the smallest deficits can increase injury risk and impair performance. Megyn Robertson explores the assessment of sensorimotor integration to improve clinical outcomes following WAD.   New Orleans Saints wide receiver Taysom Hill suffers... MORE

Joint injuries


08/10/2022 | Knee injuries

Paradigm shift: Physiotherapy without surgery may best suit many...

There is a paradigm shift taking place in sports medicine. The anterior cruciate ligament has healing capabilities, and conservative management may provide some athletes with optimal functional outcomes. Kieran Richardson undercovers ACL healing and individualized treatment plans to improve long-term outcomes. The false ACL Narrative When an athlete sustains an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury,... MORE

07/19/2022 | Female Athletes

Supermom: return to participation and performance post-partum

Return to sport following pregnancy can be a difficult transition. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi outlines the multidisciplinary approach and biopsychosocial considerations for female athletes returning to participation and performance post-partum Participation and professionalization of women’s sports are increasing. However, this does not reflect in the research and prevailing guidelines, which practitioners and clinicians use to optimize female... MORE

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

Diagnose & Treat


08/30/2022 | Improve

Exercise monitoring for a stellar innings

Exercise monitoring is an important factor in injury prevention. However, cricket is a sport with vastly different positional demands, thus making load monitoring challenging within a team environment. Candice MacMillan discusses how practitioners can quantify external and internal factors to improve athlete monitoring within cricket. Practitioners define workload as “the amount of stress placed on... MORE

07/22/2022 | Anatomy

Case Report: James Harden’s Hamstring Hardships

Hamstring strain injuries are one of the most common soft tissue injuries. Persistent neuromuscular deficits in eccentric strength and fascicle length increase the risk of reinjury. Cameron Gill explores exercise selection to mitigate the nonmodifiable risk factors and return athletes to performance safely. Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) sits on the court after... MORE

07/21/2022 | Sports psychology

Shifting the spotlight: mental health of injured athletes

Mental health is an essential consideration for athlete management throughout their careers. Athletes’ are particularly susceptible to mental health challenges following injury. Carl Bescoby explores mental health during rehabilitation and provides clinicians with recommendations to enhance their holistic management. Sports injury is recognized as a significant risk factor for psychological distress and increases the risk of... MORE


09/6/2022 | Email Newsletters

Different but the same?

Paper title: Menstrual cycle changes joint laxity in females—Differences between eumenorrhea and oligomenorrhea  Publication: Journal of Clinical Medicine  Publication date: June 2022 INTRODUCTION Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is more common in women than in men. Clinicians partly attribute the differences in the incidence to the influence of female sex hormones. Knee joint laxity is... MORE

08/12/2022 | Nutrition

The red zone: low energy availability in male athletes

Low energy availability is well-recognized in female athletes. However, aesthetic, weight class, and lean sports may require male athletes to achieve and maintain unhealthy body-composition profiles. Marianke van der Merwe takes a deep dive into low energy availability in male athletes and discusses how pushing them into the red zone may be detrimental to their... MORE

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


07/12/2022

A tale of two halves: the differences in muscle...

Paper title: Assessing the differences in muscle stiffness measured with shear wave elastography and myotonometer during the menstrual cycle in young women Publication: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging Publication date: May 2022 INTRODUCTION One of the most important factors in maintaining dynamic knee stability is muscle stiffness, which is proportional to muscle fiber recruitment and... 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

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