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Joint injuries

Masterclass on Ankle injury: Part I – when instability...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Joint injuries, Masterclass, Overuse injuries

In the first of this three-part masterclass article, Chris Mallac discusses the progression from acute ankle sprain to chronic and recurrent instability, the relevant anatomy and biomechanics, and how chronic instability can be identified in the athlete. Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries experienced by athletes, and account for a large percentage of... MORE

Masterclass: Infraspinatus form and function

in Joint injuries, Masterclass, Overuse injuries, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac describes the anatomy and biomechanics of the infraspinatus, outlines some common injury mechanisms, and provides rehab ideas to improve strength and range of motion in this muscle. The infraspinatus (IS), a muscle of the glenohumeral joint, has multiple functions. These include shoulder external rotation, abduction, and stabilization. It works in conjunction with the... MORE

Hyaluronic acid injections: is there a point?

in Diagnose & Treat, Joint injuries

The benefits or otherwise of hyaluronic injections for joint function in athletes remains unclear. Chris Mallac reviews the science and tries to come up with some best practice recommendations.  Hyaluronic acid (HA) was first discovered in 1934 by Karl Meyer and John Palmer when they isolated a previously unknown substance in the eye of a cow.... MORE

Patellofemoral pain: soleus to the rescue?

in Joint injuries, Knee injuries, Leg injuries

Pat Gilham considers the issue of patellofemoral pain in runners. Can improving soleus capability of play more of a role in treatment? It is well understood that patellofemoral pain (PFP) has a high incidence rate among runners(1). There are many intrinsic factors which are believed to influence PFP in runners, including abnormal anatomical alignment and foot... MORE

The Buford complex

in Acute injuries, Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Joint injuries, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac looks at a rare and under-recognized variant of normal shoulder anatomy known as the Buford complex. He explores how it differs from normal anterior shoulder anatomy and the implications for clinicians in the continuation of our ‘uncommon injury’ series. The Buford complex is a relatively rare and under-recognised variant of normal shoulder anatomy that... MORE


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