Here is a tale of a prodigious tennis talent who is only 9 years old, who came to see me with "shin splints".. or.. did she? Read on!
Number 2 in a series of clinical cases hoisting BIG red flags to the top of the flag pole. In today's episode, midfoot pain.. but all is NOT as it seems.. read on..
In my career, i have been amazed at some of the things I have deal with over the years. Some very odd, some life-threatening, some just other worldly. Here is a little series to help you clinically, and to act as a warning to never sit in the comfort zone! First up.. a VERY unusual diagnosis for heel pain..
What if I told you that such a condition exists, and it is endemic in female athletes, AND, puts them at risk of injury? What if I told you that that this condition also predisposes to falls as a result of tremor and increased postural sway? And.. what if I told you it was completely avoidable, because all these conditions in female athletes are the result of..... ovulation!
Athletes with a high frontal plane knee projection angle during a single leg squat are 2.7x more likely to sustain a lower extremity injury and 2.4x more likely to sustain an ankle injury. However, the single leg squat test is not sensitive/specific enough for screening. Should we therefore abandon this type of testing?
This is really something to keep an eye on, because this new study indicated that not only are children being injured more often, but that the type of injury and the sex distribution is also changing. An important read..
KT tape has become the latest to suffer the indignity of a USA class action on the basis of making false claims, but that does not seem to stop athletes and clinicians using it. Not withstanding, KT tape remains one of the most divisive and controversial products in use in the discipline of sports medicine. So, does its efficacy have any support in science? well, probably not much.. but does than mean it does not work? read on..
If you treat youth and adolescent athletes, this is a very important paper. It absolutely underlines the fact that the rules of loading and tendon maturation are different for adolescents than for adults and that we must therefore develop different training strategies for these athletes.
Quite a controversial question, and one being loudly debated at present. It just goes to underline my philosophy, "look up and look down to fix the bit in the middle"! but back to the question, is it appropriate to use orthoses in the management of patellofemoral pain, and, do they work?
With all the palaver being written and spoken in relation to foot pronation, it might be time to try to get a better handle on exactly what it is we are discussing. I think it is crystal clear that we cannot accurately define the term "overpronation'", so we should stop using it, but what else might we be dealing with??
I am tempted to make this the world's shortest blog and simply say.. NO! But... let's take a deep breathe and analyse a very recent paper that is a shining example of everything that is wrong with this type of study..
This is REALLY worth considering when you assess midsubstance Achilles tendinopathy. New imaging technology, specifically Ultrasound Tissue Characterisation or UTC, may help to clarify the diagnosis.