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Overuse injuries

Under pressure!

in Email Newsletters, Leg injuries, Overuse injuries

A leg cramp is maddening but repeated leg pain on exertion halts an athlete’s progress and performance. Such is the case with chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), the topic of today’s feature article. Physiotherapist Chris Mallac highlights this frustrating syndrome, including the theories about why it happens in the first place. Although several theories of etiology... MORE

Deep state: getting to the heart of CECS

in Leg injuries, Overuse injuries

Chris Mallac explores chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), focussing on the deep posterior compartment. What are the signs and symptoms of CECS, and how can clinicians most effectively manage this condition in athletes? Acute chronic exertional compartment syndrome was first described by Dr Edward Wilson when he suffered what sounds like this condition in his... MORE

Roll away the blues

in Overuse injuries, Tools and technology

Clinicians commonly recommend foam rollers as part of a rehab programme for their client. With that in mind, Andrew Hamilton considers the recent research on the efficacy of foam rolling, and the most effective techniques for its implementation. The use of foam rollers to provide tissue massage has become very popular in recent years. Advocates for... MORE

More power to your elbow!

in Elbow and arm injuries, Email Newsletters, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Elbow pain is usually fairly straight forward, either occurring on the medial side or the lateral side. Unfortunately, that’s where the simplicity ends. Lateral epicondylitis (LE), also known as tennis elbow, is a chronic condition that plagues racquet sport athletes, archers, and shooters. Today’s feature article, by physiotherapist Trevor Langford, explores the diagnosis and rehabilitation... MORE

Lateral epicondylitis: assessment and rehabilitation

in Elbow and arm injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Trevor Langford explores the recent thinking on lateral epicondylitis. As well as describing the anatomy and biomechanics of the structures involved, he also considers the best-practice assessment, treatment and rehabilitation protocols. Lateral epicondylitis (LE) – commonly referred to as tennis elbow – is the most frequently diagnosed condition affecting the elbow. Tennis players often experience elbow... MORE

Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy: A challenge for athletes and clinicians

in Leg injuries, Overuse injuries

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy is a challenging condition to overcome, for athletes and clinicians alike. Michael Lancaster explores the aetiology of this injury and provides clinicians with practical guidelines on its assessment, management and rehab. Tendon injuries are a common sporting problem. Whilst much attention is focused on the more common issues of Achilles and patella tendon... MORE

Medial tibial stress syndrome: a novel approach?

in Improve, Leg injuries, Overuse injuries

Medial tibial stress syndrome can be a persistent and debilitating condition in athletes. Andrew Hamilton looks at the risk factors involved, the popular treatment options, and also considers the efficacy or otherwise of a novel approach based on fascial manipulation. Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS – commonly known as shin splints) is a frequent injury of... MORE

Hip weakness and shin splints: a biomechanical approach

in Improve, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Alicia Filley examines the role of biomechanics in medial tibial stress syndrome. Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS – commonly known as shin splints) is not medically serious, yet can suddenly side-line an otherwise healthy athlete. Roughly five percent of all athletic injuries are diagnosed as MTSS(1). The incidence increases in specific populations, accounting for 13-20% of... MORE

Stressed loading: Second metatarsal stress fracture – Part II

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

In part one of this article on second metatarsal stress fractures, Chris Mallac explored how these injuries occur, and the pathogenesis of second metatarsal stress fracture development. In part two, Chris considers the principles of second metatarsal stress fracture rehabilitation, including return to running, progressive loading and other aspects the clinician needs to consider Stress fractures... MORE


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