09/18/2018 | Email Newsletters

Treating the pregnant athlete

Until recently, pregnancy in female athletes was unheard of. Serena Williams famously brought the plight of the pregnant female athlete to light during her recent comeback on the tennis circuit. However, she isn’t the first female athlete to try to stay in shape while gestating a human or schedule training around nursing a baby. In... MORE

09/13/2018 | Email Newsletters

Rare birds                   

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

09/12/2018 | 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

09/3/2018 | Knee injuries

Uncommon injuries: getting to the root of meniscal tears

In the first of a two-part article, Chris Mallac examines the anatomy and biomechanics of the meniscus root, how injuries can occur, and the imaging criteria required to diagnose a ‘root’ tear. Injuries to the meniscus are a common injury in athletes involved in sports that require loaded knee flexion with added axial compression and... MORE

09/17/2018 | Improve

The pregnant athlete: the art of staying competitive

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


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


Stuck in the middle: patellar tracking and pain

Common in runners and cyclists, patellofemoral pain (PFP) results from improper tracking of the patella along the trochlear groove of the femur (see figure 1). Many implicate vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) weakness as the cause of the patella sliding astray as the knee flexes and extends. As Chris Mallac explains, however, researchers lack a full... MORE

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