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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


08/29/2019 | Shoulder injuries

Frozen shoulder: new solutions to a sticky issue?

In the first of this 2-part article, Andrew Hamilton discussed the etiology of ‘frozen shoulder’ and the efficacy of conservative treatment options. In part two, Andrew examines the evidence for the benefits or otherwise of newer, more technological therapies for this condition including pulsed radiofrequency therapy and guided ultrasound. As we saw in part one of... MORE

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

Diagnose & Treat


09/6/2019 | Diagnose & Treat

Concussions: let’s get the diagnosis right!

Caralyn Baxter explores the topic of incorrect concussion diagnosis and argues that clinicians must avoid falling into the ‘head hit plus symptoms equal concussion’ mindset. Concussion, once contact sport’s dirty little secret, is today’s injury buzzword. In the last 15 years, lawsuits filed against several large organizations, including the National Football League, spread awareness of concussion... MORE

08/22/2019 | Diagnose & Treat

Game of throws part II: upper extremity injuries

While George R.R. Martin says, “Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word,” in his epic series Game of Thrones, this doesn’t have to be the case for those soldiering on in water polo matches. In part II of this series, Alicia Filley advises on how to manage upper extremity... MORE

08/15/2019 | Ankle and foot injuries

Osteochondral lesions of the talus: the sinister aftermath of...

Chris Mallac explores talar dome injury in athletes; how do they occur and how can they be treated? Talar dome injuries such as osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLT) can occur following an ankle injury, resulting in ongoing residual ankle pain and functional disability. Initially, OLT was described and classified as ‘transchondral fractures of the... MORE


09/17/2019 | Email Newsletters

Giving recovery the squeeze

Some time ago, editor Alicia Filley explored the effectiveness of graded compression garments (GCGs) on athletic performance and recovery for our sister publication Peak Performance. As she explained, the theory behind the use of GCGs by athletes stems from the regular application of their usage in the medical field. In hospitals, GCGs are worn by... MORE

09/13/2019 | Tools and technology

Shock and awe: the role of ESWT in healing...

Following on from our recent article on the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in adhesive capsulitis, Chris Mallac takes a wider look at this mode of treatment and investigates a number of other sporting injuries where its use might be appropriate and beneficial. Extracorporeal shockwave treatment (ESWT) was developed over 40 years ago to disintegrate urinary... MORE

09/11/2019 | Email Newsletters

Not ready to return to sport after ACLR? Bring...

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are the bread and butter for many an outpatient orthopedic practice. Still, physios the world over would happily go into semi-retirement if they could improve the outcomes of ACL repairs (ACLRs). As it stands today, just over half of the 250,000 to 300,000, who suffer an ACL injury in the... MORE


09/5/2019

Patellofemoral pain: sorted!

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) affects one in six adults with complaints of knee pain(1). What causes PFP remains equivocal. Multiple factors are thought to contribute to anterior knee pain. The elusive origins of PFP may be the reason that 40% of people affected lack significant improvement after a year of treatment(1). Researchers at the University of... MORE

08/28/2019

10 ways to improve ACL outcomes without adding additional...

Sportsmen and women, as well as members of the general population, injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) more than any other ligament. The exact incidence is hard to pin down. What we do know is that around 50% of athletes who suffer an ACL tear never return to the same level of play(1). In addition,... MORE

08/20/2019

Think we’ve said everything about tendinopathy? Think again!

Nearly 50% of sports injuries occur at the tendon(1). That tough yet semi-elastic piece of connective tissue that connects muscles to bones still seems to be the weak link in athletic movement. As Alicia Filley reviews, we’ve come a long way from thinking of it as a purely inflammatory problem. We now know that there... MORE

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