BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

Tracy Ward

Tracy is a senior physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal and sports injuries within a private hospital in Aberdeen. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and also a pilates course tutor for the APPI.

She previously worked with high level athletes for Scottish Hockey and within rugby, rowing, and triathlon. Tracy blogs about pilates, fitness and rehab on her website and creates videos for YouTube.

Outside of work she is a competitive ice skater, runner and can be found anywhere outdoors with her pug!



Articles by Tracy Ward

Ice skating injuries: be knowledgeable about knees!

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Tracy Ward explores ice-skating injuries, which are common in athletes with rigorous training schedules. Which injuries are most common, and how can they be prevented? Figure skating injury rates have increased in recent years. This is perhaps not surprising; a sport that demands athletic, technical, and artistic excellence will inevitably place new challenges upon elite... MORE

Shoulder instability: prevention for better performance

in Prevent, Shoulder injuries, Strength

Tracy Ward explores the subject of shoulder instability; what preventative measures can athletes take to prevent its occurrence or worsening? Shoulder instability is the abnormal movement of the shoulder joint beyond normal physiological ranges, which can result in subluxation (partial displacement) or dislocation (full displacement) of the humeral head in the glenoid cavity (shoulder joint... MORE

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

Hip and groin injuries: unraveling the mystery

in Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries

When it comes to sporting injuries, the hip and groin area is one of the most complex regions, presenting a huge diagnostic challenge to clinicians. Tracy Ward dissects this fascinating structure into hip joint, adductor, and abdominal pathologies, and provides suggestions to diagnose and treat. The hip is a major weight-bearing joint, which transfers the... MORE

Avoiding the pregnant pause in exercise and training

in Improve

Although exercise is strongly encouraged throughout a normal pregnancy, high intensity training may pose risk to both mother and baby. With this in mind, Tracy Ward examines the current guidelines, and provides exercise suggestions for pregnant athletes seeking a rapid return to sport. Current guidelines on exercise strongly support continued physical activity throughout pregnancy. However, there... MORE

Mindset and return to sport – Ready, steady, go!

in Agility, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Sports psychology

Tracy Ward explores the basics of psychological readiness to return to sport, and identify some useful tools for clinicians with athletes in their care Following injury, athletes will experience different emotions, and their psychological responses will change as they progress through their rehabilitation. But when is an athlete psychologically ready to return to sport? This is... MORE

Tendinopathy: new thinking on an old problem

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Treating tendinopathy injuries is a complex and delicate skill for the sports physiotherapist. Recent research advances have provided new insights into understanding this condition and providing better management principles, but there is still a lack of gold-standard clinically supported recommendations. Tracy Ward explores recent findings and draws comparisons. Tendinopathy is the most common overuse injury in... MORE

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