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What causes patellofemoral pain?

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Knee injuries, Tools and technology

As Karen Litzy explains in her recent article, pain is a complex phenomenon. For a time, it was considered the fourth vital sign. However, it’s an unreliable symptom. Unlike blood pressure or pulse, pain is subjective. It’s expression and perception differs among genders, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, current emotions, and just about every other aspect... MORE

Vaccination: defence is the best attack

in Prevent, Tools and technology

With the competitive season looming, Andrew Hamilton examines the current best thinking on vaccination for athletes, and makes recommendations for sports clinicians. Without doubt, vaccination is one of the greatest triumphs of modern medicine. Many serious diseases that used to routinely maim or kill large numbers of people are no longer a threat. More than that,... MORE

Anti-inflammatory medication: does Mother Nature know best?

in Improve, Nutrition, Tools and technology

When pain and injury strike, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the ‘go to’ medication for athletes. But given the potential downsides of NSAIDs, are there alternatives? Andrew Hamilton looks at recent research on natural plant compounds that may be able to combat inflammation, accelerate recovery and reduce stiffness. The problem with NSAIDs Regardless of the cause... MORE

Physios on the move: travelling with teams

in Other, Tools and technology

Kay Robinson uses her extensive experience to provide an insight into the challenges and requirements of travelling with a high-performance team, and provides practical strategies to maximize performance outcomes. There are many demands, challenges, and amazing opportunities that come as a traveling physiotherapist, whether you are heading to the Olympics or travelling with a youth team on their... MORE

Nutrition for healing and recovery: Part II

in Diagnose & Treat, Tools and technology

In part one of this article, Andrew Hamilton explored the benefits – or otherwise – of manipulating dietary protein, fat and carbohydrate intake. In part two, Andrew investigates the potential benefits of vitamins, mineral, and other micronutrients. Can they help speed injury healing, and which nutrients are most effective?  As we explained in the first part... MORE

Sports injury: can athletes eat their way to recovery?

in Improve, Tools and technology

Can an athlete’s post-injury nutrition affect healing and recovery outcomes? In this two-part article, Andrew Hamilton looks at what the research says beginning with the macronutrients: protein, fats, and carbohydrates. When injury strikes, maximizing the speed of recovery is crucial for athletes seeking a speedy return to sport. As a clinician, you will be familiar with... MORE

Rollin,’ rollin’, rolling!

in Email Newsletters, Tools and technology

The foam roller emerged on the therapeutic scene over five years ago, and has recently become one of the hottest fitness trends, making it into the ‘top 20’ in the United States for the last two years1. Touted for its effectiveness in decreasing muscle soreness and treating trigger points, health clubs even offer foam rolling... MORE

Roll away the blues

in Overuse injuries, Tools and technology

Clinicians commonly recommend foam rollers as part of a rehab programme for their client. With that in mind, Andrew Hamilton considers the recent research on the efficacy of foam rolling, and the most effective techniques for its implementation. The use of foam rollers to provide tissue massage has become very popular in recent years. Advocates for... MORE


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