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The red zone: low energy availability in male athletes

in Improve, Nutrition, Other, Prevent

Low energy availability is well-recognized in female athletes. However, aesthetic, weight class, and lean sports may require male athletes to achieve and maintain unhealthy body-composition profiles. Marianke van der Merwe takes a deep dive into low energy availability in male athletes and discusses how pushing them into the red zone may be detrimental to their... MORE

Paradigm shift: Physiotherapy without surgery may best suit many...

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Joint injuries, Knee injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

There is a paradigm shift taking place in sports medicine. The anterior cruciate ligament has healing capabilities, and conservative management may provide some athletes with optimal functional outcomes. Kieran Richardson undercovers ACL healing and individualized treatment plans to improve long-term outcomes. The false ACL Narrative When an athlete sustains an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury,... MORE

Case Report: James Harden’s Hamstring Hardships

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Strength

Hamstring strain injuries are one of the most common soft tissue injuries. Persistent neuromuscular deficits in eccentric strength and fascicle length increase the risk of reinjury. Cameron Gill explores exercise selection to mitigate the nonmodifiable risk factors and return athletes to performance safely. Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) sits on the court after... MORE

Shifting the spotlight: mental health of injured athletes

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Sports psychology

Mental health is an essential consideration for athlete management throughout their careers. Athletes’ are particularly susceptible to mental health challenges following injury. Carl Bescoby explores mental health during rehabilitation and provides clinicians with recommendations to enhance their holistic management. Sports injury is recognized as a significant risk factor for psychological distress and increases the risk of... MORE

Supermom: return to participation and performance post-partum

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Joint injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Strength

Return to sport following pregnancy can be a difficult transition. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi outlines the multidisciplinary approach and biopsychosocial considerations for female athletes returning to participation and performance post-partum Participation and professionalization of women’s sports are increasing. However, this does not reflect in the research and prevailing guidelines, which practitioners and clinicians use to optimize female... MORE

Demands of Sport: Part VI – mapping direction change

in Anatomy, Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Tools and technology

Change of direction is vital for athletic performance. However, the high injury risk requires athletes to have the appropriate technical and physical capacities. Helen Bayne discusses the demands of direction changes in sports and identifies key movement patterns for practitioners to address during lower limb injury prevention and rehabilitation. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London... MORE

Clearing the confusion – clinical concussion rehabilitation

in Acute injuries, Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Neck and back injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance

Concussion research continues to gain the support of sports medicine professionals. However, many remain in the dark regarding the potential of rehabilitation to improve clinical outcomes. Megyn Robertson shines a light on vestibular and oculomotor rehabilitation following concussion. Football – Premier League – Aston Villa’s John McGinn receives medical attention before being replaced by a... MORE

Rethinking pain: psychologically informed practice

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Sports psychology

Experiencing pain is a fundamental biopsychosocial phenomenon. However, practitioners typically treat pain in isolation with little emphasis on psychological influence. Carl Bescoby explores the psychological impact of pain and discusses how psychologically informed practice may offer benefits to managing the whole pain experience throughout rehabilitation. Introduction It is common for athletes to experience pain when... MORE

Athlete voices in sports injury: The untapped resource

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Prevent, Sports psychology

Researchers obtain qualitative data through first-hand observation, interviews, questionnaires, and other non-numerical sources of information. Jason Tee explores how clinicians can utilize the qualitative data and the athlete’s voice to improve rehabilitation outcomes. Sports injury research is clinical, impartial, and objective. It reduces athlete injuries to numbers and figures, removing the stories of the athletes... MORE

Fantasy or fact: artificial surface injury risk

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Knee injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent

Artificial playing surfaces are contentious and remain a talking point in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Marianke van der Merwe uncovers the artificial surface injury risk and provides recommendations to mitigate the risk factors for athletes. Artificial turf was first introduced in the 1960s and has evolved significantly. There are three reasons for artificial turf. Firstly,... MORE

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