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Heading in the right direction – understanding sports-related concussion...

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Other, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Sports-related concussions (SRC) occur in most sports at all levels. However, female athletes experience more concussions and worse outcomes than their male counterparts, yet these gender differences are unknown in clinical practice. Tracy Ward explores the pathophysiology, implications, and management of SRC in female athletes. Sports-related concussion (SRC) management is at the forefront of sports... MORE

Cover me! Understanding dermatology in Sports and Exercise Medicine...

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Masterclass, Other, Overuse injuries, Prevent, Uncommon injuries

Dermatoses describe any skin defect or lesion on the skin, and clinicians categorize them according to etiology. Furthermore, clinicians may divide dermatoses into two groups, those caused by or those aggravated by sports. In part II, Nella Grilo discusses dermatoses aggravated by sports and identifies how they can directly or indirectly affect athletes’ health and... MORE

The control-chaos continuum: A thinking tool for rehabilitation professionals

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Other, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Sports psychology, Strength

Africa Cup of Nations – Group C – Morocco v Comoros – Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde, Cameroon – Comoros’ El Fardou Ben Nabouhane in action with Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Return to performance In 2016, leading sports injury rehabilitation experts drafted a consensus statement to define the three critical return to sport... MORE

Optimal Loading in Rehabilitation: finding the ‘sweet spot.’

in Diagnose & Treat, Email Newsletters, Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

There is an undisputed role for exercise in the early rehabilitative phase of soft tissue injuries. However, exercise prescription remains a challenge. In this article, Eurico Marques provides a framework for creating an individualized exercise prescription – the so-called ‘sweet spot.’ Skeletal muscle injuries occur when an external force overwhelms the muscle’s ability to generate... MORE

Context is queen: filling the gaping hole in Sports...

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Sports and Exercise Medicine research largely excludes women cohorts. However, women’s biology influences the outcome of training programs and medical interventions. Still, the evidence pool is mainly void of specific data to design appropriate interventions. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi explores the gaps in research and discusses the inclusion of context as a critical determining factor when designing... MORE

Practice makes progress: evidence, experience, and expectations in rehabilitation...

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

Sports medicine professionals aim to use the latest evidence in athlete rehabilitation. However, the reality of evidence-based injury rehabilitation is complex. Jason Tee identifies how to narrow the ‘science-practice gap’ and develop individualized, athlete-focused rehabilitation plans.  INTRODUCTION An evidence-based approach is “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions... MORE

Breast support – only the balls should bounce!

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries

The breast has limited anatomical support and can move 15cm during running. Nicola Brown discusses the consequences of breast movement and provides guidance on obtaining the correct sports bra fit to help women exercise in greater comfort. Introduction The evolution of technology and sportswear aims to improve performance and prevent injuries. However, the sports industry... MORE

Periodization: game, set, and the menstrual cycle

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Tools and technology

The menstrual cycle occurs approximately monthly in women of reproductive age. The hormonal fluctuations affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, and neuromuscular systems. Tracy Ward discusses the implications of the menstrual cycle on training and competition periodization in female athletes. The number of women participating in exercise and professional sport has risen significantly over the past three... MORE

Sleeping sporting beauties: Part II – optimizing recovery and...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other

The effects of sleep on performance are well understood. In part two, Tracy Ward explores the sleep-recovery relationship and provides recommendations for improving sleep quality and quantity in female athletes. Optimizing sleep in female athletes The average person requires approximately 7-9 hours of sleep per night to promote wellbeing and reduce morbidity and mortality(1). However,... MORE

Sleeping sporting beauties: Part I – how hormones influence...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Tools and technology

The role of sleep on performance is undeniable. However, female athletes’ sleep-recovery relationship may differ from their male counterparts due to their physiology.  In part one, Candice MacMillan discusses how female hormones interact with the circadian rhythm and their impact on sleep. Introduction Sleep is a key element to peak athletic performance(1). It is regarded... MORE

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