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Eyes-up: sensorimotor integration issues post whiplash-associated disorders

in Diagnose & Treat, Neck and back injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Strength

Sensorimotor integration is often affected following traumatic head and neck injuries. However, the signs and symptoms are not always obvious. In sports, the smallest deficits can increase injury risk and impair performance. Megyn Robertson explores the assessment of sensorimotor integration to improve clinical outcomes following WAD.   New Orleans Saints wide receiver Taysom Hill suffers... MORE

The red zone: low energy availability in male athletes

in Improve, Nutrition, Other, Prevent

Low energy availability is well-recognized in female athletes. However, aesthetic, weight class, and lean sports may require male athletes to achieve and maintain unhealthy body-composition profiles. Marianke van der Merwe takes a deep dive into low energy availability in male athletes and discusses how pushing them into the red zone may be detrimental to their... MORE

Case Report: James Harden’s Hamstring Hardships

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Strength

Hamstring strain injuries are one of the most common soft tissue injuries. Persistent neuromuscular deficits in eccentric strength and fascicle length increase the risk of reinjury. Cameron Gill explores exercise selection to mitigate the nonmodifiable risk factors and return athletes to performance safely. Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) sits on the court after... MORE

Supermom: return to participation and performance post-partum

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Joint injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Strength

Return to sport following pregnancy can be a difficult transition. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi outlines the multidisciplinary approach and biopsychosocial considerations for female athletes returning to participation and performance post-partum Participation and professionalization of women’s sports are increasing. However, this does not reflect in the research and prevailing guidelines, which practitioners and clinicians use to optimize female... MORE

Demands of Sport: Part VI – mapping direction change

in Anatomy, Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Tools and technology

Change of direction is vital for athletic performance. However, the high injury risk requires athletes to have the appropriate technical and physical capacities. Helen Bayne discusses the demands of direction changes in sports and identifies key movement patterns for practitioners to address during lower limb injury prevention and rehabilitation. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London... MORE

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

Navigating sports medicine’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’ – part II

in Acute injuries, Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance, Strength

In Part II of navigating athletic groin pain, Candice MacMillan outlines the treatment and rehabilitation of these injuries in the context of the control-chaos continuum. Athletic groin pain (AGP) is common among athletes participating in soccer, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, ice hockey, and rugby union(1,2). Traditionally, practitioners consider AGP as the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of... 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

Case report: Klay Thompson’s injury journey

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Knee injuries, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Prevent, Strength, Uncommon injuries

An injury will, directly and indirectly, affect the entire kinetic chain. Therefore, practitioners should develop holistic clinical assessment and rehabilitation plans. Cameron Gill reviews the complex interplay between the hamstring injury and ACL rupture risk to aid clinical judgment and decision making. Over his first eight seasons, NBA sharpshooter Klay Thompson never missed more than... MORE

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