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

Snow sports: time to think about injury prevention

in Acute injuries, Improve, Prevent

Andrew Hamilton looks at what the scientific research has to say regarding snow sports injury and injury prevention. Skiing and (increasingly) snowboarding are becoming mass-participation sports, enjoyed by participants of all ages and abilities. For example, in North America alone, there are more than 78 million annual visits to ski areas by skiers and snowboarders of... MORE

Vaccination: defence is the best attack

in Prevent, Tools and technology

With the competitive season looming, Andrew Hamilton examines the current best thinking on vaccination for athletes, and makes recommendations for sports clinicians. Without doubt, vaccination is one of the greatest triumphs of modern medicine. Many serious diseases that used to routinely maim or kill large numbers of people are no longer a threat. More than that,... MORE

Anti-inflammatory medication: does Mother Nature know best?

in Improve, Nutrition, Tools and technology

When pain and injury strike, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the ‘go to’ medication for athletes. But given the potential downsides of NSAIDs, are there alternatives? Andrew Hamilton looks at recent research on natural plant compounds that may be able to combat inflammation, accelerate recovery and reduce stiffness. The problem with NSAIDs Regardless of the cause... MORE

Nutrition for healing and recovery: Part II

in Diagnose & Treat, Tools and technology

In part one of this article, Andrew Hamilton explored the benefits – or otherwise – of manipulating dietary protein, fat and carbohydrate intake. In part two, Andrew investigates the potential benefits of vitamins, mineral, and other micronutrients. Can they help speed injury healing, and which nutrients are most effective?  As we explained in the first part... MORE

Quadriceps strains and contusions: assessment and diagnosis

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Leg injuries, Overuse injuries

Andrew Hamilton reviews the clinical presentation and assessment of quadriceps strains, along with a discussion of appropriate imaging used in diagnosis. Strains and contusions of the quadriceps are common in sport and frequently result in lost time from training and competition. Acute strain injuries of the quadriceps occur in sports such as soccer, rugby, and football,... MORE

Sports injury: can athletes eat their way to recovery?

in Improve, Tools and technology

Can an athlete’s post-injury nutrition affect healing and recovery outcomes? In this two-part article, Andrew Hamilton looks at what the research says beginning with the macronutrients: protein, fats, and carbohydrates. When injury strikes, maximizing the speed of recovery is crucial for athletes seeking a speedy return to sport. As a clinician, you will be familiar with... MORE

The physio and the disabled athlete: separating fact from...

in Improve, Sports psychology

In this two-part series, Andrew Hamilton and Sean Fyfe provide an insight into working with disabled athletes and how therapists can best care for athletes with a disability. Although public perception is changing, the stigma of disability in sport remains. Disabled athletes at all levels, right up to Paralympians are all too often regarded by the general public... MORE

Roll away the blues

in Overuse injuries, Tools and technology

Clinicians commonly recommend foam rollers as part of a rehab programme for their client. With that in mind, Andrew Hamilton considers the recent research on the efficacy of foam rolling, and the most effective techniques for its implementation. The use of foam rollers to provide tissue massage has become very popular in recent years. Advocates for... MORE

Medial tibial stress syndrome: a novel approach?

in Improve, Leg injuries, Overuse injuries

Medial tibial stress syndrome can be a persistent and debilitating condition in athletes. Andrew Hamilton looks at the risk factors involved, the popular treatment options, and also considers the efficacy or otherwise of a novel approach based on fascial manipulation. Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS – commonly known as shin splints) is a frequent injury of... MORE

NSAIDs: the good, the bad and the ugly

in Acute injuries, Improve, Overuse injuries

Andrew Hamilton looks at recent research on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication; should it be considered a last resort for athletes rather than the first? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are cornerstones of pain management in homes, clinics and hospitals worldwide. These agents are consumed or prescribed for diverse conditions ranging from mild intermittent to chronic musculoskeletal pain, as... MORE

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