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How to assess running kinematics without a fancy 3D...

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In any given year, nearly 80% of runners will report a running-related injury (RRI). Hip weakness and faulty kinematics are frequently implicated in injuries such as iliotibial band syndrome and medial tibial stress syndrome. However, without a high-tech running lab, clinicians have few resources to analyze running form. Therefore, a group of researchers from Montana... MORE

Improving compliance with injury prevention programs

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Lack of compliance with injury prevention programs impacts their effectiveness. Jason Tee outlines how to improve buy-in and keep athletes off the injured list.   Athletes want to spend their time training effectively. They often fail to see the benefit of injury prevention activities when they don’t contribute to improved performance. The importance of injury... MORE

Why you should plan rehab programs for athletes differently

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There are two reasons why clinicians should consider rehabilitating athletes differently than other individuals. Firstly, athletes are already highly trained with muscular adaptations for their sport. Secondly, they desire to return to a level of performance beyond community-based activity. Therefore, they start with a baseline of strength beyond most individuals, and they need to return... MORE

Treating dancers as athletes: considerations for dance-related injuries

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Dance is both an art form and an athletic endeavor. Alejandro Piris Niño explores how specificity of training can enhance the rehabilitation of dance-related injuries and describes how an injury prevention program for dancers might differ from that of typical athletes.   Introduction The appraisal “dancers are the athletes of God,” attributed to Albert Einstein,... MORE

Measuring cardiorespiratory fitness in youth

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Children are pushed at younger ages to specialize in a sport and play at an elite (for their age) level. While kids of the same age remain roughly on the same ability level as children, performance gaps become more noticeable as they approach adolescence. It seems obvious that the bigger kids are for their age,... MORE

Injuries in female athletes: reframing the weaker sex narrative

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Female athletes suffer more sports injuries than their male counterparts. Jason Tee explores the reasons behind the high injury rates and discovers some surprising facts that turn the female frailty narrative on its head.  The times are changing for women’s sport. Once treated as merely a curtain-raiser to the main event, women’s sport has taken... MORE

Post COVID-19 return to sport: an update II

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With today’s announcement by Louisiana State University’s head football coach Ed Ogeron that ‘most’ of the team has contracted the novel coronavirus, we’ve yet to realize the impact of COVID-19 on athletes fully. Seventy-five of the Texas Tech football team players have also gotten the virus since returning to school for the fall season. While... MORE

Injury prevention programs: facts and figures for decision-makers

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Jason Tee provides an evidence-based insight into how clinicians, athletes and coaches can quantify an injury prevention program’s value. Injuries cost athletes and sports teams both time and money. Yet, investment in injury prevention remains the ultimate grudge purchase in the sporting world. Team managers view injury prevention as unexciting, time-consuming, and undependable. However, it... MORE

Beliefs and barriers to injury prevention in recreational runners

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Nearly 85% of runners experience a running injury in their lifetime(1). While researchers continue to look for exact mechanisms of injury in runners, a group from the Netherlands investigated the factors that make an injury prevention program successful(1). They undertook a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a multifactorial online prevention program for recreational... MORE

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