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Injury prevention: shoe facts, shoe fiction

in Prevent, Tools and technology

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

Injury prevention strategies for return to sport

in Prevent

Sports injuries continue to remain high and frequent across many sports and directly affect an athlete’s performance. Tracy Ward looks at the latest findings on injury prevention strategies and offers suggestions for implementation. Sports injuries impact an athlete’s performance, cause a reduction in participation time, affect team performance, impose a financial burden to both them and... 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

Perineal injury: release the pressure

in Anatomy, Core injuries, Prevent

Andrew Hamilton investigates the causes of perineal injury in cyclists and what the science says about reducing injury risk. Compared to many sports, cycling carries a relatively low risk of injury, thanks largely to the smooth, impact-free, and supported nature of the pedaling action. However, the interface between the cyclist and the bike (at the handlebars,... MORE

Bridging the gap: from active to sports ready!

in Diagnose & Treat, Prevent

Tracy Ward looks at what the science says on preparing the injured athlete for a full return to sport. The goal of rehabilitation following a sports injury is to bridge the gap from an injured state to full sports readiness. This requires extensive planning to ensure loading produces the appropriate tissue adaptation to withstand the imminent... MORE

Shoulder instability: prevention for better performance

in Prevent, Shoulder injuries, Strength

Tracy Ward explores the subject of shoulder instability; what preventative measures can athletes take to prevent its occurrence or worsening? Shoulder instability is the abnormal movement of the shoulder joint beyond normal physiological ranges, which can result in subluxation (partial displacement) or dislocation (full displacement) of the humeral head in the glenoid cavity (shoulder joint... MORE

Heat stress in athletes: a hot safety topic!

in Prevent, Tools and technology

Heat-related illness in athletes can have potentially catastrophic consequences. Andrew Hamilton looks at what recent research says about assessing the risks and heat stroke/illness prevention. When it comes to life-threatening conditions associated with sport participation, sudden cardiac arrest, and concussion probably spring to mind. However, although less publicized, heat stroke and heat-related illness are equally serious.... MORE

Can a website prevent running-related injuries?

in Email Newsletters, Overuse injuries, Prevent

Running remains a popular pastime and sport for amateur competitors and those who simply want to stay fit. Upwards of 85% of the population that participates in running report a running-related injury (RRI)(1). Some of the risk factors associated with RRIs include overweight, training error, and faulty equipment (worn shoes). However, the primary risk factor... MORE

Plyometric training…when does rehabilitation need a spring in its...

in Improve, Power development, Strength

The debate continues surrounding appropriate timing and volume for implementing plyometric training in return-to-play rehabilitation. Pat Gillham looks at the latest thinking ‘Plyometric exercise’ was a term coined in 1964(1). Plyometrics exercises exploit the benefits of the plyometric regime and involve the Stretch-Shortening Cycle (SSC)(2). Thanks to the muscles’ pre-stimulation during the eccentric phase, plyometrics... MORE

The modern golfer part II: be strong, perform well

in Power development, Strength

In part one of this two-part series, Pat Gillham looked at injury incidence and prevention in golfers. In this article, Pat explores the role of strength and conditioning for enhancing golf performance. Simple physics tells us that by generating more force against the ground (vertical ground reaction force), we can increase velocity. This applies directly to... MORE

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