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Uncommon injuries: Don’t play with groin pain – femoral...

in Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Uncommon injuries

Although relatively uncommon in athletes, the risk of a femoral neck stress fracture is nevertheless significant, especially in females. Andrew Hamilton explains the etiology of this debilitating injury, factors that aid a rapid and accurate diagnosis, and the nutritional defecits associated with its development. First reported by Asalin, a German military surgeon in 1905, a... MORE

Neuroplasticity part II: brain matters for effective rehab

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve

In part one of this 2-part series on the importance of neuroplasticity in sports injury rehab, Chris Mallac explained how the ability of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum to reorganize and adapt has implications for athletes in the context of skill acquisition for an effective return to sport. In part two, Chris explores more key... MORE

Neuro-dynamics: mobilizing the athlete back to full function and...

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac explores the current understanding of nerve mobility and the implications for clinicians treating athletes in their care. David Butler and Michael Shacklock coined the terms neuro-dynamics or neuro-mobilizations to describe the concept that impaired neural movement can cause limitations in the range of motion in the body(1-3). Subsequent research has supported the hypothesis that... MORE

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

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