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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

Peroneal dysfunction: an under diagnosed cause of lateral ankle...

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

Lateral ankle sprain is a common sports injury. Alicia Filley explains why peroneal dysfunction may be to blame for the persistent pain and instability after the acute injury has healed.  Ankle sprains generate a significant amount of emergency room charges in the United States with a significantly greater number of lateral than medial sprains noted(1).... MORE

The best exercise for patellofemoral pain.

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries, Overuse injuries

Nearly 10% of adolescent athletes complain of patellofemoral pain (PFP)(1). When evaluating knee injuries in adults that present to the sports clinic, up to 25% involve the patellofemoral joint. This nagging injury likely starts during adolescents when young athletes begin to ramp up their training and increase the time spent in sport. As Chris Mallac... MORE

Frustrating foot pain in cyclists? These 7 treatment strategies...

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

Although rarely discussed, research suggests that foot pain in cycling is surprisingly common. Andrew Hamilton explains how foot/pedal interface can lead to foot pain and gives advice to clinicians with cyclists in their care Although rarely discussed, research suggests that foot pain in cycling is surprisingly common. Andrew Hamiltonexplains how foot/pedal interface can lead to... 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

Identifying exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction in the breathless athlete

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Other

Athletes with asthma are typically encouraged to swim as the humidity helps with their breathing. However, many athletes, including swimmers, continue to struggle with breathlessness during exercise. Alicia Filley explains why for some, breathing remains difficult, painful, and triggers panic attacks, despite treatment with bronchodilators. Exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction Historically, athletes who presented with exertional dyspnea,... MORE

Fit influences function in mountain bike performance

in Email Newsletters, Overuse injuries

With the spring thaw in the northern hemisphere, mountain biking trails will be opening soon. Mountain biking (MTB) continues to grow in popularity. First introduced in the 1970s, as of 2015 the sport had grown to a reported 8.32 million participants in the United States alone(1). With the different types of off-road cycling including downhill,... MORE

Slipping rib syndrome: an obscure cause of thoracic pain?

in Core injuries, Diagnose & Treat

Andrew Hamilton investigates the role of ‘slipping rib syndrome’ in the etiology of thoracic pain. What role does rib hyper-mobility play and what should clinicians be on the lookout for? Thoracic movement A number of rigid structures, including the ribs, sternum, and thoracic vertebrae, comprise the thoracic region. Intervertebral discs and costal cartilages facilitate the... 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

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