Too hot to handle: does heat exposure improve athletic...

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Other, Prevent, Tools and technology

Saunas have been around for centuries, and populations worldwide have benefited from their general health effects. However, as heat exposure gains popularity, athletes will undoubtedly seek guidance on its performance benefits. Chris Mallac discusses sauna use in athletic populations and the potential performance and recovery benefits for athletes. Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Matt Bush sits... MORE

Listen up! Athlete voices in injury rehabilitation

in Acute injuries, Improve, Joint injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Sports psychology

Sports injury research typically focuses on objective, anonymous outcomes to remove the subjectivity of human ‘error.’ However, what if the ‘error’ is removing the human element that is the athlete? Jason Tee explores listening to the athlete’s voice to improve outcomes and avoid the pitfalls of a one-size-fits-all approach. For too long, sports and injury... MORE

Different but the same?

in Agility, Email Newsletters, Female Athletes, Improve, Power development, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development

Paper title: Menstrual cycle changes joint laxity in females—Differences between eumenorrhea and oligomenorrhea  Publication: Journal of Clinical Medicine  Publication date: June 2022 INTRODUCTION Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is more common in women than in men. Clinicians partly attribute the differences in the incidence to the influence of female sex hormones. Knee joint laxity is... MORE

Exercise monitoring for a stellar innings

in Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Prevent, Tools and technology

Exercise monitoring is an important factor in injury prevention. However, cricket is a sport with vastly different positional demands, thus making load monitoring challenging within a team environment. Candice MacMillan discusses how practitioners can quantify external and internal factors to improve athlete monitoring within cricket. Practitioners define workload as “the amount of stress placed on... MORE

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

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