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Shoulder injuries

Unusual Injuries: Quadrilateral Space Syndrome

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Athletes with persistent and undiagnosed shoulder pain may suffer from the rare but painful quadrilateral space syndrome. Chris Mallac unravels this complex diagnosis and offers practical treatment solutions. Quadrilateral Space Syndrome (QSS), first described in 1983, is a rare and unusual shoulder pathology primarily seen in male volleyballers, swimmers, and baseball pitchers(1,2). Athletes with QSS... MORE

Pectoralis major tendon ruptures part II: Rehabilitation management

in Shoulder injuries

Part one of this two-part series on Pectoralis  Major (PM) tendon ruptures discussed the mechanism of injury, signs, and symptoms of a ruptured PM tendon, and the resulting functional limitations. In part two, Chris Mallac explains the management of this condition and describes the post-operative rehabilitation protocol. Most practitioners recommend surgical repair for PM ruptures,... MORE

Serratus anterior and the overhead athlete: Part II –...

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

In the second part of this two-part series, Chris Mallac highlights some clinically relevant exercises designed to retrain serratus anterior function. Overhead athletes need stable shoulders. Their power and performance comes directly from the stability and mobility offered in this joint. As reviewed in part I of this series, the serratus anterior (SA) helps stabilize... MORE

The 4 mechanism of shoulder injuries in rugby union...

in Email Newsletters, Shoulder injuries

A significant aspect of sports injury prevention is understanding the mechanism of injury. Knowing how the damage occurs leads to the development of strategies, such as increased strength or flexibility, which help the athlete either avoid the injury situation or cope with the incident in a better way. Researchers in Dublin sought such information regarding... MORE

Uncommon injuries: Pec minor – a diagnostic dilemma

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

Isolated pec minor injuries are rare, but present a diagnostic dilemma when they do occur. Andrew Hamilton explains how clinicians can diagnose and treat these injuries in athletes. A variety of conditions cause musculoskeletal shoulder pain which radiates to the anterior chest. These include contusions from trauma, costochondritis, pectoralis muscle strains, and tendon rupture. However, while rare... MORE

Uncommon Injuries: Subcoracoid impingement

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac explores the anatomy and biomechanics of subcoracoid impingement syndrome, including how clinicians can diagnose and most effectively manage this condition. Sub-coracoid impingement (SCI) syndromes are an uncommon cause of anterior shoulder pain in the athlete; the prevalence in the general population who complain of anterior shoulder pain is approximately 5%(1). Although originally identified... MORE

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