BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

Andrew Hamilton

ANDREW HAMILTON BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM is a sports science writer, researcher and editor, specializing in exercise physiology, sports health and sports nutrition. He has worked in the field of fitness and sports performance for over 30 years, helping athletes to reach their true potential. Andrew is also a lifelong endurance athlete himself.



Articles by Andrew Hamilton

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

Injury prevention: shoe facts, shoe fiction

in Prevent, Tools and technology

How does running shoe design and construction affect injury risk, and how does this affect advice on shoe choices that clinicians give to their injured runners? Andrew Hamilton looks at what the recent research has to say. Running is one of the most popular sports and fitness activities across the globe. However, while it is a... MORE

Perineal injury: release the pressure

in Anatomy, Core injuries, Prevent

Andrew Hamilton investigates the causes of perineal injury in cyclists and what the science says about reducing injury risk. Compared to many sports, cycling carries a relatively low risk of injury, thanks largely to the smooth, impact-free, and supported nature of the pedaling action. However, the interface between the cyclist and the bike (at the handlebars,... MORE

Frozen shoulder: a sticky problem

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

In the first of a 2-part article, Andrew Hamilton looks at the etiology of the condition known as ‘frozen shoulder,’ and the recent thinking on conservative treatment options for restoring shoulder functionality Frozen shoulder, more correctly known as adhesive capsulitis (AC), is a common cause of shoulder pain and loss of motion in the over... MORE

Heat stress in athletes: a hot safety topic!

in Prevent, Tools and technology

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

Skeletal health: boning up on vibration and resistance training

in Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries

Andrew Hamilton discusses the merits or otherwise of training interventions to improve bone health. Low-impact sports such as swimming and cycling are extremely effective for building cardiovascular health and muscular strength. Moreover, the smooth spinning action of pedaling and the low-gravity environment of the water is comparatively gentle on joints, tendons and ligaments, which means... MORE

Frustrating foot pain in cyclists? These 7 treatment strategies...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Overuse injuries

Although rarely discussed, research suggests that foot pain in cycling is surprisingly common. Andrew Hamilton explains how foot/pedal interface can lead to foot pain and gives advice to clinicians with cyclists in their care Although rarely discussed, research suggests that foot pain in cycling is surprisingly common. Andrew Hamiltonexplains how foot/pedal interface can lead to... 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

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