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Clearing the confusion – clinical concussion rehabilitation

in Acute injuries, Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Neck and back injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance

Concussion research continues to gain the support of sports medicine professionals. However, many remain in the dark regarding the potential of rehabilitation to improve clinical outcomes. Megyn Robertson shines a light on vestibular and oculomotor rehabilitation following concussion. Football – Premier League – Aston Villa’s John McGinn receives medical attention before being replaced by a... MORE

Rethinking pain: psychologically informed practice

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Sports psychology

Experiencing pain is a fundamental biopsychosocial phenomenon. However, practitioners typically treat pain in isolation with little emphasis on psychological influence. Carl Bescoby explores the psychological impact of pain and discusses how psychologically informed practice may offer benefits to managing the whole pain experience throughout rehabilitation. Introduction It is common for athletes to experience pain when... MORE

Athlete voices in sports injury: The untapped resource

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Prevent, Sports psychology

Researchers obtain qualitative data through first-hand observation, interviews, questionnaires, and other non-numerical sources of information. Jason Tee explores how clinicians can utilize the qualitative data and the athlete’s voice to improve rehabilitation outcomes. Sports injury research is clinical, impartial, and objective. It reduces athlete injuries to numbers and figures, removing the stories of the athletes... MORE

Fantasy or fact: artificial surface injury risk

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Knee injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent

Artificial playing surfaces are contentious and remain a talking point in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Marianke van der Merwe uncovers the artificial surface injury risk and provides recommendations to mitigate the risk factors for athletes. Artificial turf was first introduced in the 1960s and has evolved significantly. There are three reasons for artificial turf. Firstly,... MORE

Female athletic performance: managing menopause

in Female Athletes, Improve, Prevent

Menopause is the natural end of a female’s menstrual cycle and can have profound and diverse effects on women. Tracy Ward discusses how the female athlete can adapt and continue to train through the menopausal transition. Menopause is the natural end of a female’s menstrual cycle, and clinicians define it as 12 months after the... MORE

Demands of Sport: Part V – Braking new ground

in Agility, Flexibility, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Speed development, Strength, Tools and technology

The role of deceleration on injury etiology and prevention continues to gather the attention of sports medicine practitioners. Understanding the deceleration demands of sport is essential in ensuring optimal prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Helen Bayne uncovers the assessment of deceleration and provides practical tools for practitioners to improve the management of athletes. Deceleration is... MORE

Slowing down to speed up – restoring strength with...

in Agility, Flexibility, Improve, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Strength

Both isometric and eccentric training is vital for musculotendinous injury rehabilitation. However, practical recommendation on combining these two modes of resistance training into the rehabilitation program is lacking. Danny Lum discusses the adaptations to these modes of resistance training and how practitioners can include them in athlete rehabilitation. The increase in sports participation and higher... MORE

Navigating Sports Medicine’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’ – Part I

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent

Groin pain remains a challenging sports injury to manage. The complex regional anatomy provides practitioners with the unenviable task of diagnosing and managing athletes with groin pain. However, a universal terminology and taxonomy would assist practitioners in diagnosing and managing these athletes through the return to play process. In part I, Candice MacMillan discusses the... MORE

Does the early bird outperform the worm?

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Strength

An acute hamstring injury is the most common muscle injury involving high-speed running in sports. The financial, physical, and psychological burden on athletes and teams is significant. Furthermore, the reinjury rate is high. Therefore, effective hamstring injury rehabilitation is essential to reduce the risks and optimize individual and team performance. Researchers at the Copenhagen University... MORE

Demands of Sport: Part IV – Chasing rehabilitation goals:...

in Improve, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Speed development, Strength, Tools and technology

Acceleration is the foundation of sports performance – the quicker, the better. However, injury severely impacts acceleration, and its restoration is essential to ensuring optimal performance. Helen Bayne discusses how practitioners can optimize rehabilitation to include acceleration as a critical component to athlete rehabilitation. The ability to rapidly increase running speed is a critical component... MORE

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