10/27/2020 | Email Newsletters

COVID-19 and athletes – an update III

Fall sports hang in the balance as we enter the last quarter of 2020. While some institutions and programs resumed their sports programs, as usual, this year, others delayed or canceled entire seasons. Athletes, coaches, trainers, and administrators try to make decisions based on the information available. Their primary aim is keeping athletes safe, but... MORE

09/29/2020 | Neck and back injuries

Treating concussion symptoms can be a pain in the...

Clinicians often treat injuries to the head and neck as separate entities. However, they are linked just like the the joints along the kinetic chain of the lower extremity. In the same way that the muscles and kinematics of the hip can contribute to a knee injury, so too are the head and neck connected.... 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

11/18/2020 | Uncommon injuries

Uncommon injuries: Pectoralis major ruptures part I

In the first of a two-part series, Chris Mallac explains the functional anatomy of the pectoralis major and its tendon, the situations that place the tendon at risk for injury, and the signs and symptoms of a ruptured tendon. The first reported case of pectoralis major (PM) tendon rupture occured in Paris in 1822. Up... MORE

11/12/2020 | Core injuries

Row, row, row the boat – the consequences of...

Tracy Ward considers the biomechanical and physical aspects of rowing and their contribution to upper extremity injuries and explores injury prevention strategies, including targeted strength and conditioning. Rowing is a repetitive, weight-supported sport where the high training volumes are similar to cycling, kayaking, and swimming(1). Despite being non-contact and low-impact, rowers are still subject to... MORE

09/9/2020 | Ankle and foot injuries

Plantar plate tear: a common overload injury in athletes

Chris Mallac investigates the causes of plantar plate injury in athletes and provides diagnosis and treatment options. Pain under the metatarsal-phalangeal (MTP) joint is common in athletes and a tear or rupture to the plantar plate may be responsible for pain in this area. Plantar plate injury can occur under any of the metatarsals; however... MORE

11/25/2020 | Email Newsletters

Measuring cardiorespiratory fitness in youth

Children are pushed at younger ages to specialize in a sport and play at an elite (for their age) level. While kids of the same age remain roughly on the same ability level as children, performance gaps become more noticeable as they approach adolescence. It seems obvious that the bigger kids are for their age,... MORE

11/18/2020 | Prevent

Injuries in female athletes: reframing the weaker sex narrative

Female athletes suffer more sports injuries than their male counterparts. Jason Tee explores the reasons behind the high injury rates and discovers some surprising facts that turn the female frailty narrative on its head.  The times are changing for women’s sport. Once treated as merely a curtain-raiser to the main event, women’s sport has taken... MORE

09/15/2020 | Email Newsletters

Post COVID-19 return to sport: an update II

With today’s announcement by Louisiana State University’s head football coach Ed Ogeron that ‘most’ of the team has contracted the novel coronavirus, we’ve yet to realize the impact of COVID-19 on athletes fully. Seventy-five of the Texas Tech football team players have also gotten the virus since returning to school for the fall season. While... MORE


Dancing to a different tune in return to sport...

Dancers are a very elite and specialized kind of athlete. While considered an art form, dance requires a significant amount of athleticism. As such, dancers are prone to athletic injuries, just like other athletes. However, without a personal background in dance, clinicians may be left scratching their heads to determine when dancers are ready to... MORE


Is return to sport testing post-ACLR a waste of...

Consider why you perform return to sport (RTS) testing on athletes post anterior cruciate ligament repair (ACLR). Are you ticking a box to justify a discharge or trying to pacify a coach who wants their athlete back on the playing field? Or, do you have the intention of protecting the athlete from a repeated ACL... MORE


The effect of hip position during Nordic hamstring exercises

Athletes who play field sports that require repetitive sprinting are susceptible to suffering a hamstring strain. For the various elite football and rugby codes, a protracted hamstring injury can sideline a player for a significant amount of time, impacts team performance, and results in monetary losses. Therefore, hamstring strain prevention is a salient topic in... MORE

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