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Neuro-dynamics: mobilizing the athlete back to full function and...

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Chris Mallac explores the current understanding of nerve mobility and the implications for clinicians treating athletes in their care. David Butler and Michael Shacklock coined the terms neuro-dynamics or neuro-mobilizations to describe the concept that impaired neural movement can cause limitations in the range of motion in the body(1-3). Subsequent research has supported the hypothesis that... MORE

Cold water immersion cools muscle growth

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When training athletes, resistance training should be executed with the same zeal and importance as skill and endurance training. However, this is rarely the case. Athletes tend to enjoy playing the sport the most and therefore gravitate toward drills and endurance play. Some find being stuck in the weight room boring and fail to see... MORE

Run of the mill injuries for track and field...

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Common sense tells us that athletes who play certain sports tend to suffer particular injuries. However, we lack the data to substantiate which athletes have more particular injury prevention needs. A group of researchers from France undertook the monumental task of surveying the injuries from international track and field championships and categorizing them according to... MORE

Is playing soccer bad for your brain?

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Soccer is the world’s most-played sport. More than 265 million people play soccer each year(1). The number of soccer-related injuries is growing along with the numbers of players. Nearly one-quarter of these injuries are concussions. Of these, almost one-third are related to heading the ball. The rest of the injuries are the result of player-to-player... MORE

Injury prevention: shoe facts, shoe fiction

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How does running shoe design and construction affect injury risk, and how does this affect advice on shoe choices that clinicians give to their injured runners? Andrew Hamilton looks at what the recent research has to say. Running is one of the most popular sports and fitness activities across the globe. However, while it is a... MORE

Treat the film or the feeling – a review...

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Recreational running is simultaneously held to be the savior of our inactive population and the cause of most musculoskeletal woes. Which is true?  Two late-2019 studies present interesting perspectives on this issue. The first, conducted by the Department of Sports Medicine at Goethe University in Frankfurt, surveyed 720 runners participating in a corporate-sponsored 3.5-mile run(1).... MORE

5 ways to reduce muscle loss while injured

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The significant economic impact of athletic injury results from both the direct medical expenses and lost time in play. The personal costs of injury include psychological stress and loss of physical fitness. Muscle atrophy and strength loss from inactivity require more rehabilitation and impact return to play performance. For instance, knee injuries, one of the... MORE

Walk it off! Guidelines for preventing overdiagnosis

in Ankle and foot injuries, Email Newsletters, Improve, Prevent

The British Journal of Medicine published two interesting articles this month. The first is an education review on the overdiagnosis and medicalization of athletes (and the public at large)(1). The authors cite several factors supporting this trend in sports medicine, including: The belief that more intervention improves outcomes. Making the definition of disease more inclusive.... MORE

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