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04/14/2020 | Email Newsletters

Cardiac considerations for post-COVID-19 rehabilitation

Each day brings new information about the effects of the coronavirus. As patients who survive go home from the hospital, more details about their rehabilitation needs are revealed. Many will suffer from deconditioning due to lengthy hospitalizations, or worse, prolonged organ damage. News reports that home deaths are on the rise lead one to believe... MORE

04/8/2020 | Other

Post-Covid-19 rehab for athletes: start with pulmonary function

The coronavirus shows no partiality in it’s spread. While devastating to the elderly population, it infects even the fittest athletes. Though those with underlying medical conditions fare worse when infected, the virus causes even previously healthy people to become quite ill. On the other hand, the disease is barely noticeable in some people. The tricky... 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


07/2/2020 | Neck and back injuries

Extension pattern back pain: understanding this overuse injury

Chris Mallac explores the concept of extension pattern back pain in athletes and provides insights for clinicians treating low back injuries. Low back pain is common in the general population, with reported rates as high as 84%(1). In athletes, complaints of low back pain are less common, only accounting for about 6-10% of injuries behind... MORE

06/26/2020 | Shoulder injuries

Serratus anterior and the overhead athlete: Part II –...

In the second part of this two-part series, Chris Mallac highlights some clinically relevant exercises designed to retrain serratus anterior function. Overhead athletes need stable shoulders. Their power and performance comes directly from the stability and mobility offered in this joint. As reviewed in part I of this series, the serratus anterior (SA) helps stabilize... MORE

06/11/2020 | Shoulder injuries

Serratus anterior and overhead athletes: Part I – understand...

Dysfunction in the serratus anterior can lead to shoulder injuries and affect performance. In the first of a two-part series, Chris Mallac looks at its anatomy and biomechanics, Shoulder pain is a common complaint in overhead athletes involved in sports such as swimming, tennis and the throwing sports. Overhead arm movements place high demands on... MORE


06/19/2020 | Sports psychology

4 necessary traits for building better patient/clinician relationships

A therapist’s interaction plays a critical role in patient outcomes. Trevor Langford explores how clinicians can embrace interpersonal aspects of clinical practice to enhance their patient’s rehabilitation experience. Being in pain, out of work, or away from training can be both physically and psychologically debilitating and detrimentally affect a client’s entire well-being and lifestyle. An alliance... MORE

06/2/2020 | Email Newsletters

When the world is heavy: the impact of...

The NCAA reported that there were 81,096 black college athletes during the 2018-2019 academic year(1). These numbers represent 16% of the college athlete population(1). The majority of these athletes play men’s and women’s basketball and men’s football. Of course, many of these go on to play in professional sports. The number of high-school and younger... MORE

05/26/2020 | Email Newsletters

Address these 4 things to improve patient outcomes

All therapists like to think that they provide the magic touch that gets their patients better. However, when considering all social determinants of health, the influence of medical interventions toward recovery from musculoskeletal injury is only 20%(1). You put your best effort into helping patients get better, but your effectiveness is up against other competing... MORE


06/24/2020

Growing Pains: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Adolescence is often a period of rapid growth for most children. Because bones grow faster than muscles, this growth can lead to tension from the tendons at their insertion on the bone, causing an apophysitis. One of the most difficult-to-treat conditions related to such growth is Osgood-Schlatter Disease (OSD), an apophysitis at the tibial tuberosity.... MORE

06/17/2020

Do injury prevention programs work for women?

More women are playing soccer than ever before. In fact, the rate of females joining soccer teams is outpacing the growth of all other sports(1). Injuries from playing soccer are on the rise as well. According to the NCAA, injuries occurred in collegiate female soccer players between 2004 and 2009, at a rate of 7.3... MORE

06/9/2020

Does the hip control the knee?

Knee injuries are the bane of athletes in nearly all sports (see figure 1)(1). Clinicians and sports scientists continue to explore the best way to prevent such injuries. The knee, a hinge joint, moves in the sagittal plane. The thought is that most knee injuries occur from forced movement in the frontal plane. Therefore, control... MORE

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