09/13/2018 | Email Newsletters

Ischio-femoral impingement: the hip pain mimic

Continuing with our series on uncommon injuries, Chris Mallac discusses ischio-femoral impingement (IFI) in today’s feature article. Mimicking other syndromes, the symptoms of IFI include pain in the buttocks or posterior hip that worsens after prolonged sitting and may radiate to the back of the leg. Spanish researchers recently reported a case of a 36-year-old... MORE

Joint injuries

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

07/3/2018 |

The Buford complex

Chris Mallac looks at a rare and under-recognized variant of normal shoulder anatomy known as the Buford complex. He explores how it differs from normal anterior shoulder anatomy and the implications for clinicians in the continuation of our ‘uncommon injury’ series. The Buford complex is a relatively rare and under-recognised variant of normal shoulder anatomy that... MORE

Diagnose & Treat

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

09/12/2018 | Hip injuries

Uncommon injuries: ischio-femoral impingement

While hip pain is a common complaint among athletes, the diagnosis of ischia-femoral impingement’ (IFI) in cases of posterior pain is rare. Chris Mallac explains the pathoanatomy of IFI, the typical signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Athletes often complain about pain in the posterior hip that sometimes radiates down the back... MORE

09/5/2018 | Shoulder injuries

Axillary nerve injury: a pressing problem

The axillary nerve provides both motor innervation and sensation to the upper arm. Injury to this nerve, as described by Chris Mallac, presents athletes in contact sports with significant deficits. Athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, rugby, ice hockey and wrestling, are particularly vulnerable to injuries to the axillary nerve(1,2). Common mechanisms... 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

09/11/2018 | Email Newsletters

Made to move

The World Trade Center. A Madrid train. The London subway. Charlie Hebdo. Paris, San Bernadino, Boston, Belgium, Orlando, Nice, Westminster, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Manchester, Las Vegas, Barcelona. Sadly, no place is immune to the effects of terror. It’s a reality that unites us all. However, there’s a greater bond that we all share, no matter... MORE

09/10/2018 | Improve

The physio and the disabled athlete: separating fact from...

In this two-part series, Andrew Hamilton and Sean Fyfe provide an insight into working with disabled athletes and how therapists can best care for athletes with a disability. Although public perception is changing, the stigma of disability in sport remains. Disabled athletes at all levels, right up to Paralympians are all too often regarded by the general public... MORE


Plantar fasciitis: running from the ground up

With the recent setting of a new world record for the marathon by Eluid Kipchoge, runners everywhere will be stepping up their game. With that renewed intensity often comes new injuries. To help you with the athletes that limp into your clinic, we begin our newsletter series on running injuries and performance. Most running injuries... MORE


A ‘hands-on’ approach to axillary nerve injury

In today’s feature article, Chris Mallac explores the impact of axillary nerve injury. Damage to the axillary nerve occurs in athletes via a stretch from a fall or shoulder dislocation, compression, trauma, or as an unwelcome result of shoulder surgery. This peripheral nerve injury decreases both the strength around the shoulder, as the nerve innervates... MORE


Getting ahead with a concussion

Concussion injuries remain in the news, particularly concerning those that result from American football. Reason being, many players suffer seemingly traumatic injuries, such as that experienced recently by Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills who’s head bounced dramatically off the turf in a Sunday game. As if the injury itself wasn’t startling enough, Allen was cleared to... MORE

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