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The Athlete’s Pelvic Floor

in Anatomy, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Tracy Ward discusses pelvic floor dysfunction in athletes, outlines the implications for rehabilitation, and raises awareness with a view toward prevention. The impact of female pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a hot topic in women’s health but rarely discussed within the context of sport. This oft-ignored problem affects both men and women and impacts an... MORE

Dynamic knee valgus: villian or symptom?

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

Recently, researchers from High Point University proposed a new way of looking at dynamic knee valgus(1). Although long thought the precursor to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, the research fails to support the thought that increased valgus, observed when landing from a vertical drop jump, predicts the incidence of ACL tear(1). Therefore, the team from... MORE

Slipping rib syndrome: an obscure cause of thoracic pain?

in Core injuries, Diagnose & Treat

Andrew Hamilton investigates the role of ‘slipping rib syndrome’ in the etiology of thoracic pain. What role does rib hyper-mobility play and what should clinicians be on the lookout for? Thoracic movement A number of rigid structures, including the ribs, sternum, and thoracic vertebrae, comprise the thoracic region. Intervertebral discs and costal cartilages facilitate the... MORE

Lumbar spondylolysis in adolescent athletes: breaking the curse!

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Neck and back injuries

Pat Gilham considers the etiology, diagnosis and conservative treatment options for younger athletes with lumbar spondylosis. Spondylolysis is a fracture at the pars interarticularis of a vertebra. In the general population, the incidence of spondylolysis as a cause of low back pain is around 6% in adults and 4.4% in the paediatric population(1). However, in adolescent athletes,... MORE

Subacromial-subdeltoid bursitis: Shoulder pain isn’t always the rotator cuff

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac explores the role of the subacromial-subdeltoid bursa in the glenohumeral joint and provides diagnosis and treatment options. The subacromial-subdeltoid bursa (SASD) is a potentially pain-sensitive structure of the glenohumeral joint. Along with the rotator cuff tendons, it has been implicated as a primary pathology in painful shoulder conditions of overhead athletes (eg swimmers, weightlifters,... MORE

Snapping hip: a detailed explanation

in Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries

‘Coxa saltans’ or snapping hip is a surprisingly common condition in sportsmen and women. Trevor Langford explores the causes and outlines appropriate assessment and management techniques Snapping hip, also referred to as coxa saltans, is diagnosed in at least 10% of the population, with dancers, runners, footballers and weightlifters beingcommonly affected(1). Snapping hip can be identified... MORE

Uncommon injuries: Kim lesions

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac provides an insight into a particular and rare type of posterior labrum lesion known as the ‘Kim lesion’. Glenoid labrum injuries are common shoulder injuries in athletes and research shows that among these, posterior labral lesions form a significant proportion(1). The posterior labrum is particulary vulnerable in sports such as contact football players (NFL,... MORE

Psoas major II: managing dysfunction with corrective interventions

in Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Prevent

In the first part of his two-piece review on psoas major (PM), Chris Mallac discussed the relevant and complex anatomy and biomechanics of this unique and misunderstood muscle. In part two, Chris looks at how PM dysfunction may manifest as a musculoskeletal problem, and the corrective interventions a therapist can use to manage PM dysfunction. PM... MORE

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