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10/24/2018 | Diagnose & Treat

A clinicians guide to side strains in cricket fast...

Adam Smith describes the patho-anatomy of a side strain and outlines clinical tests to assess, treat and determine readiness for return to play for a cricket fast bowler. Side strains have been reported in a variety of sports, including javelin throwers, baseball pitchers, tennis players, golfers, and cricketers. This article, however, focuses on side strains... MORE

Joint injuries


01/23/2019 | Shoulder injuries

Sternoclavicular joint dysfunction: a rare diagnosis

Trevor Langford reviews the anatomy and biomechanics of the sternoclavicular joint, explains how joint dysfunction presents in athletes and non-athletes, and provides treatment options for a sternoclavicular joint sprain or dislocation. Injuries of the glenohumeral joint (GHJ) and the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) are commonly diagnosed, while injury to the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) is frequently overlooked during... MORE

12/31/2018 | Ankle and foot injuries

Sinus tarsi syndrome: a possible source of lateral ankle...

Chris Mallac explains the etiology of sinus tarsi syndrome, and outlines diagnosis and management options for clinicians. Sinus tarsi syndrome (STS) is a frequently misdiagnosed condition in which patients have pain over the lateral aspect of the ankle (the sinus tarsi region) with an ‘unstable’ sensation in the rearfoot. STS sufferers usually have a history... MORE

12/24/2018 | Knee injuries

Pellegrini-Steida syndrome – a cause of stubborn medial knee...

Patrick Gillham looks into the aetiology of Pellegrini-Stedia syndrome, and how best to treat it using conservative measures. Calcification of soft tissue structures is not uncommon in the body. This process frequently occurs in the shoulder, with the supraspinatus tendon being the most commonly affected. After the shoulder, the hip is the second most frequent... MORE

Diagnose & Treat


07/18/2019 | Diagnose & Treat

Game of throws: water polo

Water polo athletes are modern-day gladiators. In part I of a series, Alicia Filley explains why stepping into the aquatic arena can be a dangerous proposition. Water polo, while not played by the ancients, was the first team sport played in the Olympics, beginning at the 1900 games in Paris. The popularity of water polo grew, in... MORE

06/28/2019 | Shoulder injuries

Long thoracic nerve injury: the shortest route to recovery!

Chris Mallac explores the relationship between the long thoracic nerve (LTN) and the biomechanics of the scapula and provides rehab strategies to promote serratus anterior function in the event of an LTN injury. The long thoracic nerve (LTN) is a motor nerve that innervates the serratus anterior muscle. Injury to this nerve may lead to... MORE

06/20/2019 | Ankle and foot injuries

What lies beneath: relieving fear of the retrocalcaneal bursa

Chris Mallac explains the anatomy and biomechanics of a retrocalcaneal bursa. How does it interact with the Achilles insertion and how can it be managed? Pain at the posterior heel is common in many athletes such as runners, tennis players and crossfit athletes. Although it is more commonly found in older athletes, young athletes may... MORE


07/10/2019 | Email Newsletters

Taking the headache out of concussion management

The days of lying in a dark room until concussion symptoms resolve are over. Research now shows that although exercise may make concussion symptoms worse, finding that sub-threshold level of activity –movement that doesn’t trigger symptoms – may help resolve the effects of a concussion(1). Concussive symptoms can be varied and, as Alicia Filley explains,... MORE

07/4/2019 | Tools and technology

Heat stress in athletes: a hot safety topic!

Heat-related illness in athletes can have potentially catastrophic consequences. Andrew Hamilton looks at what recent research says about assessing the risks and heat stroke/illness prevention. When it comes to life-threatening conditions associated with sport participation, sudden cardiac arrest, and concussion probably spring to mind. However, although less publicized, heat stroke and heat-related illness are equally serious.... MORE

07/3/2019 | Email Newsletters

Who would win: surgery versus physiotherapy for treatment of...

Tendinopathy continues to plague athletes at all levels of sport. As such, it comprises up to 30% of all musculoskeletal complaints seen in general medical practices(1). In a previous article, Alicia Filley explores the combined theory of inflammation and degeneration within an injured tendon. She then reviews the current thinking on the many approaches toward... MORE


07/16/2019

Dance has it all: power, agility, speed, and back...

Sports professionals often equate dance with the arts rather than sport. However, dancers spend as much time, if not more, in training as other competitive sports (1). Dance encompasses the whole gamut of physical performance: power, strength, agility, speed, and flexibility. Therefore, it is no surprise that dancers suffer injuries too. In Australia, girls choose... MORE

06/25/2019

Should amateurs model elites in return to sport?

The first question an athlete asks after they suffer an injury is, “How soon can I return to play?” This is one of the most challenging questions for a clinician because every case is different. An athlete’s healing and rehabilitation depend on several factors. Some, as Andrew Hamilton explains, they can control such as nutrition... MORE

06/18/2019

Can a website prevent running-related injuries?

Running remains a popular pastime and sport for amateur competitors and those who simply want to stay fit. Upwards of 85% of the population that participates in running report a running-related injury (RRI)(1). Some of the risk factors associated with RRIs include overweight, training error, and faulty equipment (worn shoes). However, the primary risk factor... MORE

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