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Autoregulation: The solution to the rehab programming puzzle

in Improve, Other, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Speed development, Sports psychology

Rehabilitation programs aim to recondition the injured tissue site to be pain-free and cope with the physical demands of the sport. Jason Tee delves into using autoregulation in exercise prescription to create robust athletes. Training prescription is a delicate balancing act of tissue-loading. Overload a client, and they may suffer setbacks in the form of... MORE

Winning at all costs: mind over matter

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Mental health continues to gather the attention it deserves. The travel and sporting event restrictions, e.g., participation bubbles, place athletes and support personnel in unprecedented situations. In addition, the social disconnect places strain on the relationships that are paramount for mental health, and thus performance. Emotion fogs the nuance around performance. As athletes fight for... MORE

Breaking free: the role of gender in sports injury

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Other

Women and men suffer the same types of sports injuries. However, they experience them differently. For instance, women have higher rates of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries(1). They also have a significantly greater chance of reinjury after an ACL repair (ACLR)(1). While great strides have been made in decreasing the rates of ACL injury in... MORE

Breaking protocol: using the four pillars of exercise prescription...

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Clinical pathways and protocols often dictate exercise prescription based on the diagnosis. However, as Tracy Ward explains, understanding muscle structure, function, metabolism, and movement allow for innovative program design tailored to each athlete.  Diagnosis-based protocols focus on the specific injury. For example, hamstring injuries are treated with Nordic exercises, adductor strains with the Copenhagen protocol, Achilles... MORE

Representation in sports research: are girls just one of...

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The inauguration of the United States’ first female vice president marks another example of the windows of opportunity opening to women in all aspects of society. One hallmark moment for female athletes was Title IX’s inclusion as part of the Education Amendments passed in the US in 1972. This amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis... MORE

Conservative management of hip avulsion injuries

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In the December 2020 issue of Sports Injury Bulletin, Andrew Hamilton explored the use of imaging in the diagnosing hip and pelvic avulsion injuries and the role it plays in monitoring and managing recovery. Imaging helps make appropriate management choices since avulsions with more than 1.5cm of separation respond best to surgical repair(1). Clinicians typically... MORE

COVID-19 and athletes – an update III

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Fall sports hang in the balance as we enter the last quarter of 2020. While some institutions and programs resumed their sports programs, as usual, this year, others delayed or canceled entire seasons. Athletes, coaches, trainers, and administrators try to make decisions based on the information available. Their primary aim is keeping athletes safe, but... MORE

Making the most of multidisciplinary teams

in Improve, Other, Tools and technology

In a post-pandemic world, multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) become more important as sports professionals navigate best practices for their athletes to return to play. While they seem like a great idea, MDTs may lose their luster once you’re in the trenches. Jason Tee explains the intricacy and finesse required to fashion an MDT that provides the best outcomes for athletes.... MORE

Plantar fasciitis and foot strength – is there a...

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While plantar fasciitis (PF) plagues only 8% of athletes, it can be debilitating and require extended time off from sport(1). Plantar fascia (also called the plantar aponeurosis) pain strikes at the origin of the fascia on the medial tubercle of the calcaneus (see figure 1). Athletes typically feel the pain on their first steps out... MORE

Supporting the health of the healthcare worker

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In the second article of a three-part series focusing on the widespread coronavirus, Trevor Langford covers the topic of caring for the healthcare worker. The strategies clinicians recommend for athletes to optimize health and wellbeing, are often forgotten when it comes to their own health. In this article, he explains how to maximize exercise and... MORE

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