Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi

Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi is a sports physiotherapist and has a Ph.D. in exercise science. In her clinical career, she has served Zimbabwe's national men's, women's, and youth rugby, netball, football, and Olympic teams. Currently, she splits her time between research and consultancy work. Her research work is on African female athletes. It includes the biology and socio-cultural aspects of the menstrual cycle and injury epidemiology in African women football players. Additionally, she is the founder and Executive Director at Ntombi Sport, where she consults on African women and girls in sport on how race, gender, culture, economics, and environment intersect in athletic performance and injury rehabilitation

Articles by Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi

Supermom: return to participation and performance post-partum

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Joint injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Strength

Return to sport following pregnancy can be a difficult transition. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi outlines the multidisciplinary approach and biopsychosocial considerations for female athletes returning to participation and performance post-partum Participation and professionalization of women’s sports are increasing. However, this does not reflect in the research and prevailing guidelines, which practitioners and clinicians use to optimize female... MORE

A tale of two halves: the differences in muscle...

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Email Newsletters, Female Athletes, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Paper title: Assessing the differences in muscle stiffness measured with shear wave elastography and myotonometer during the menstrual cycle in young women Publication: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging Publication date: May 2022 INTRODUCTION One of the most important factors in maintaining dynamic knee stability is muscle stiffness, which is proportional to muscle fiber recruitment and... MORE

The eagle has landed: a soft landing prevents a...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Email Newsletters, Female Athletes, Hip injuries, Knee injuries, Leg injuries

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Doubles Final –  Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova celebrate with the trophy after winning their final match against Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia REUTERS/Morgan Sette Paper Title: The relationship between Landing Error Scoring System performance and injury in female collegiate athletes Publication: International Journal... MORE

Context is queen: filling the gaping hole in Sports...

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Sports and Exercise Medicine research largely excludes women cohorts. However, women’s biology influences the outcome of training programs and medical interventions. Still, the evidence pool is mainly void of specific data to design appropriate interventions. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi explores the gaps in research and discusses the inclusion of context as a critical determining factor when designing... MORE

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