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10/10/2018 | Leg injuries

11 factors that differentiate sciatica from hamstring or other...

Michael Lancaster discusses potential diagnoses in cases presenting with rear thigh pain, and how to sleuth out the cause. Posterior thigh pain provides a great challenge to sports physiotherapists around the world, with the most common cause being hamstring strains(1). However, there are a number of structures that cause pain both locally or referred. Identification of... MORE

Joint injuries


10/3/2018 | Knee injuries

Medial collateral ligament strain: where, how and why

In the first of a 2-part article, Chris Mallac describes the anatomy and biomechanics of the medial knee ligaments, the implications of injury, and how these injuries are identified and graded. The superficial medial collateral ligament (s-MCL) is one of the most commonly injured structures at the knee, in both contact sports and sports that... MORE

09/19/2018 | Shoulder injuries

As the shoulder turns: understanding the subscapularis – Part...

The subscapularis is the largest and most powerful muscle of the rotator cuff, and an important anterior stabiliser of the humeral head. With that in mind, Chris Mallac explores the anatomy and biomechanics of subscapularis in the first of two articles, including the most common injury presentations. Direct injuries to the muscle-tendon unit of the subscapularis... MORE

08/27/2018 | Knee injuries

Patellofemoral pain: soleus to the rescue?

Pat Gilham considers the issue of patellofemoral pain in runners. Can improving soleus capability of play more of a role in treatment? It is well understood that patellofemoral pain (PFP) has a high incidence rate among runners(1). There are many intrinsic factors which are believed to influence PFP in runners, including abnormal anatomical alignment and foot... MORE

Diagnose & Treat


10/1/2018 | Diagnose & Treat

Expanding the female athlete triad: relative energy deficiency in...

Alicia Filley explains the how energy deficiency in athletes affects performance and rehabilitation. The female athlete triad was long thought to be just that – a syndrome that affected only females. However, in 2014 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) released a consensus statement, which declared the female triad part of a larger disorder that included both... MORE

09/26/2018 | Leg injuries

Tibialis posterior tendon: a key player in foot biomechanics

Trevor Langford looks at the anatomy and biomechanics of the tibias posterior, and outlines suitable examination protocols as well as the treatment and management options for dysfunction The tibialis posterior tendon (TPT) is a major player in the optimal functioning of foot biomechanics, particularly as it provides stability to the medial longitudinal arch (MLA)(1). Dysfunction not only presents... MORE

09/24/2018 | Leg injuries

Lower leg pain in athletes: know the difference

Calf pain in athletes is common, but can be tricky to diagnose. Pat Gilham looks at the various conditions responsible, and what the literature says about an effective diagnosis. Calf muscle strain injuries are common across sports involving high-speed running or high volumes of running load, acceleration and deceleration – and also during fatiguing conditions of... MORE


10/2/2018 | Email Newsletters

Will new Boston qualifying times mean an increase in...

The Boston Marathon is one of the hallmark road races, requiring participants to qualify with an acceptable time from a prior race. Only the best make it to Boston. Now being best requires a bit more effort as the Boston Athletic Association recently adjusted the qualifying times, requiring participants to be faster than the past few... MORE

09/17/2018 | Improve

Avoiding the pregnant pause in exercise and training

Although exercise is strongly encouraged throughout a normal pregnancy, high intensity training may pose risk to both mother and baby. With this in mind, Tracy Ward examines the current guidelines, and provides exercise suggestions for pregnant athletes seeking a rapid return to sport. Current guidelines on exercise strongly support continued physical activity throughout pregnancy. However, there... MORE


10/11/2018

Running and knee arthritis

Like the misconception, that bad posture causes back pain, the myth that running causes knee arthritis persists. Researchers at the University of British Columbia compared the beliefs concerning running and knee osteoarthritis (OA), of runners, non-runners, and healthcare practitioners (HCP)(1). A total of 831 surveys revealed that 13% of the non-HCP population surveyed believed running... MORE

10/9/2018

Is the unhappy triad more than ACL, medial collateral...

If one knee injury wasn’t bad enough, imagine the triple whammy of the unhappy triad. Athletes often refer to this type of injury as ‘blowing out’ a knee because of the damage done to the important knee stabilizers. As we continue our series on running injuries, we turn our focus from knee injuries of endurance... MORE

09/27/2018

Tibialis posterior: the overworked triathlete muscle

Triathletes are runners too. So are football, soccer, and rugby players. Triathletes, however, have the added stress of swimming and cycling prior to running. This means their lower legs are already fatigued when engaged to run. Physiotherapist Trevor Langford examines the role of the tibialis posterior in today’s feature article. This muscle lies under the... MORE

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