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How tendons adapt: learning more and knowing less

in Email Newsletters, Improve

Knowledge of tendon pathology, the bugaboo of athletic injury, has evolved over the last few decades. Once thought of as a purely inflammatory condition, a diseased tendon demonstrates inflammation and degeneration within the tendon. Science continues to expand our knowledge of tendon health. A sports scientist from La Trobe University recently (2019) undertook the daunting... MORE

Beyond 11+: How to design a meaningful injury prevention...

in Improve, Other, Prevent

Jason Tee discusses injury prevention strategies and why a ‘one size fits all’ may not be the best approach. Sports injury results in real economic costs for participants (hospitalization, doctor’s appointments, physiotherapy), as well as time off from work and school for participants hurt while playing sport. In professional sport, the stakes are even higher!... MORE

Putting isometric contractions on hold for strength gains

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Strength

The immediate benefits of a resistance training program include improved strength, larger muscle volume, stronger bones, and tendons that withstand the burdens of added load. For athletes, strength training also helps improve performance and prevent injuries, especially when tailored to the needs of their sport. The challenge is finding the time to adhere to a... MORE

Bring pressure to bear on sports injury with blood...

in Improve, Power development, Prevent

Is blood flow restriction training just one more fad? Alejandro Piris Nino takes an updated look at the history, uses, risks, and guidelines of this novel intervention.     Blood flow restriction (BFR) training, originally called Kaatsu (meaning training with added pressure), is the partial restriction of arterial and venous blood flow to exercising muscles... MORE

Neuroplasticity part II: brain matters for effective rehab

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve

In part one of this 2-part series on the importance of neuroplasticity in sports injury rehab, Chris Mallac explained how the ability of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum to reorganize and adapt has implications for athletes in the context of skill acquisition for an effective return to sport. In part two, Chris explores more key... MORE

Neuroplasticity in sports injury rehabilitation: Part I

in Anatomy, Improve

In the first part of a 2-part article, Chris Mallac explores the concept of neuroplasticity, and how a better understanding of its underlying principles improves rehab outcomes. Reinjury rates following return to sport are often quite high. In under-25 athletes for example, the incidence of another anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture (or ACL failure) run... MORE

Cool it! Why cryotherapy may not get desired results...

in Email Newsletters, Tools and technology

A recent newsletter explored the effect of post-exercise cryotherapy on the uptake of protein in muscles. While the immediate use of cooling after resistance exercise might diminish muscle building, it is a common strategy used to decrease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after endurance exercise. Muscle cooling post-exercise comes in many forms: Cold water immersion... MORE

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