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Playing fast and loose: the implications of joint hypermobility...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Strength

Female athletes with persistent musculoskeletal pain may suffer from joint hypermobility syndrome. Though often overlooked, it is associated with an increase in injuries and can significantly affect athletic abilities. Tracy Wardprovides an overview of the condition, its implications, and specific treatment strategies to enhance performance. Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHMS) is a connective tissue disorder that... MORE

Taking the next step: progressing training loads

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Prevent

The perfect training load to elicit a desired functional adaptation is the elusive goal of every training session for every clinician and athlete. Doing so ensures that training is efficient and purposeful. However, there’s little guidance for measuring training loads in healthy athletes, much less those in rehab. Recently, Tim Gabbett, the father of training... MORE

Breaking free: the role of gender in sports injury

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Other

Women and men suffer the same types of sports injuries. However, they experience them differently. For instance, women have higher rates of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries(1). They also have a significantly greater chance of reinjury after an ACL repair (ACLR)(1). While great strides have been made in decreasing the rates of ACL injury in... MORE

Breaking protocol: using the four pillars of exercise prescription...

in Improve, Other

Clinical pathways and protocols often dictate exercise prescription based on the diagnosis. However, as Tracy Ward explains, understanding muscle structure, function, metabolism, and movement allow for innovative program design tailored to each athlete.  Diagnosis-based protocols focus on the specific injury. For example, hamstring injuries are treated with Nordic exercises, adductor strains with the Copenhagen protocol, Achilles... MORE

Concerns and consensus on youth runners

in Email Newsletters, Improve

Running for sport is just as popular among young people as it is with adults. Up to 40% of children participate in running as a sport in some parts of the world(1). For youth in the US, running is the second most popular activity(1). As the popularity of running grows, so do the numbers of... MORE

Fun-sized: Concepts for reducing youth injuries

in Improve, Prevent

Bio-banding and altering training parameters play a role in preventing injury in very young athletes. Tracy Ward explains the developmental basis for these strategies and how to incorporate them into your youth training and rehab programs. Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay  Three processes characterize youth development from birth to adulthood(1): Growth refers to the changes in body composition,... MORE

Rate of force development and return to sport following...

in Improve, Knee injuries, Power development

Successfully returning an athlete to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) poses an ongoing challenge for rehabilitation professionals. Jessica Montgomery discusses the role the rate of force development plays in return to sport and injury prevention and the  modifications needed for younger athletes. 2012 South West England’s Holly Molesworth in action during the rugby... MORE

Measuring readiness for return to running

in Email Newsletters, Tools and technology

Paper Title: Construct Validity and Responsiveness of the University of Wisconsin Running Injury and Recovery Index Publication:  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2020;50(12):702-710. doi:10.2519/jospt.2020.9698. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2020.9698 Publication date: December 2020 Introduction Running related injuries (RRIs) may require runners to reduce their running volume as well as cause functional limitations, psychological consequences, and financial burdens due to... MORE

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