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Ankle deep in the wrong diagnosis

in Ankle and foot injuries, Email Newsletters

  Any number of pathologies produces lateral heel pain (see table 1). As Chris Mallac explains in the first installment of his master class on chronic ankle instability(CAI), lateral heel pain is often the result of repeated ankle sprain. Mallac goes on to describe how CAI can lead to sinus tarsi syndrome, causing lateral heel... MORE

Focus on athletes with ADHD

in Email Newsletters, Sports psychology

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder  (ADHD) in the United States since the start of the 2000s has increased almost 50%, with some surveys citing the incidence up to 11% in children 4 to 17 years-of-age(1,2). It seems likely, then, that the number... MORE

Fit influences function in mountain bike performance

in Email Newsletters, Overuse injuries

With the spring thaw in the northern hemisphere, mountain biking trails will be opening soon. Mountain biking (MTB) continues to grow in popularity. First introduced in the 1970s, as of 2015 the sport had grown to a reported 8.32 million participants in the United States alone(1). With the different types of off-road cycling including downhill,... MORE

Dynamic knee valgus: villian or symptom?

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

Recently, researchers from High Point University proposed a new way of looking at dynamic knee valgus(1). Although long thought the precursor to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, the research fails to support the thought that increased valgus, observed when landing from a vertical drop jump, predicts the incidence of ACL tear(1). Therefore, the team from... MORE

Running from injury

in Email Newsletters, Improve

Last year a landmark study revealed that vertical loading forces, long thought the scourge of injured distance and recreational runners, are likely not the causes of repeated injuries(1). Rather, Canadian researchers found that when evaluating kinetic variables in 65 healthy female runners, only peak braking force (PBF) significantly predicted repeated running injury (RRI)(1). Specifically, those... MORE

Managing pain with meditation

in Email Newsletters, Sports psychology

In our series on pain in athletes, we’ve explained how pain perception effects an athlete’s potential to return to their previous level of play. If an athlete has a tendency toward catastrophizing, they will see only the negative aspects of their injury. In addition, they may tend to focus more intently on their pain, increasing... MORE

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