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Musculoskeletal injuries

Game of throws: water polo

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Water polo athletes are modern-day gladiators. In part I of a series, Alicia Filley explains why stepping into the aquatic arena can be a dangerous proposition. Water polo, while not played by the ancients, was the first team sport played in the Olympics, beginning at the 1900 games in Paris. The popularity of water polo grew, in... MORE

Who would win: surgery versus physiotherapy for treatment of...

in Diagnose & Treat, Email Newsletters, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries

  Tendinopathy continues to plague athletes at all levels of sport. As such, it comprises up to 30% of all musculoskeletal complaints seen in general medical practices(1). In a previous article, Alicia Filley explores the combined theory of inflammation and degeneration within an injured tendon. She then reviews the current thinking on the many approaches... MORE

Skeletal health: boning up on vibration and resistance training

in Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries

Andrew Hamilton discusses the merits or otherwise of training interventions to improve bone health. Low-impact sports such as swimming and cycling are extremely effective for building cardiovascular health and muscular strength. Moreover, the smooth spinning action of pedaling and the low-gravity environment of the water is comparatively gentle on joints, tendons and ligaments, which means... 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

Lumbar spondylolysis in adolescent athletes: breaking the curse!

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Neck and back injuries

Pat Gilham considers the etiology, diagnosis and conservative treatment options for younger athletes with lumbar spondylosis. Spondylolysis is a fracture at the pars interarticularis of a vertebra. In the general population, the incidence of spondylolysis as a cause of low back pain is around 6% in adults and 4.4% in the paediatric population(1). However, in adolescent athletes,... MORE

Uncommon injuries: Kim lesions

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac provides an insight into a particular and rare type of posterior labrum lesion known as the ‘Kim lesion’. Glenoid labrum injuries are common shoulder injuries in athletes and research shows that among these, posterior labral lesions form a significant proportion(1). The posterior labrum is particulary vulnerable in sports such as contact football players (NFL,... MORE

Psoas major II: managing dysfunction with corrective interventions

in Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Prevent

In the first part of his two-piece review on psoas major (PM), Chris Mallac discussed the relevant and complex anatomy and biomechanics of this unique and misunderstood muscle. In part two, Chris looks at how PM dysfunction may manifest as a musculoskeletal problem, and the corrective interventions a therapist can use to manage PM dysfunction. PM... MORE

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