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Uncommon injuries: Posterior interosseous nerve dysfunction – a cause...

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Elbow and arm injuries

Lateral elbow and forearm pain can be maddening for racket athletes. In part I of this series on posterior interosseous nerve dysfunction, Chris Mallac explains how PIN injuries differ from typical ‘tennis elbow’ and offers thoughts on the differential diagnosis of forearm pain in athletes.  Lateral elbow pain around the extensor compartment of the forearm is typically attributed... 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

Jumping to conclusions about anterior knee pain

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Jumper’s knee occurs in 14% of athletes, mostly volleyball, basketball, and handball players(1). The term ‘jumper’s knee’ typically refers to anterior knee pain, usually presumed as patellar tendinopathy. However, a careful history and exam reveal that quadriceps tendinopathy exists in up to 25% of patients. These athletes complain of anterior knee pain at the superiorpole... MORE

Bridging the gap: from active to sports ready!

in Diagnose & Treat, Prevent

Tracy Ward looks at what the science says on preparing the injured athlete for a full return to sport. The goal of rehabilitation following a sports injury is to bridge the gap from an injured state to full sports readiness. This requires extensive planning to ensure loading produces the appropriate tissue adaptation to withstand the imminent... MORE

Concussions: let’s get the diagnosis right!

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat

Caralyn Baxter explores the topic of incorrect concussion diagnosis and argues that clinicians must avoid falling into the ‘head hit plus symptoms equal concussion’ mindset. Concussion, once contact sport’s dirty little secret, is today’s injury buzzword. In the last 15 years, lawsuits filed against several large organizations, including the National Football League, spread awareness of concussion... MORE

Game of throws part II: upper extremity injuries

in Diagnose & Treat

While George R.R. Martin says, “Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word,” in his epic series Game of Thrones, this doesn’t have to be the case for those soldiering on in water polo matches. In part II of this series, Alicia Filley advises on how to manage upper extremity... MORE

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