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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

Back in action: causes and remedies for low back...

in Improve, Neck and back injuries

Lots of factors may contribute to back pain in runners. Tracy Ward explores the causes of nagging non-specific low back pain and outlines a rehabilitation program to get runners back on track. Running is one of the most popular sporting activities worldwide. Still, it carries a high injury risk in both amateur and professional athletes,... MORE

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

in Prevent, Sports psychology

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

in Improve, Prevent

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

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