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Injury2nd of February 2018

KT Tape has just settled a law suit, but, does it work?

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..

Injury30th of January 2018

The tendon loading and maturation process is different for adolescents than adults.

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.

Athletic Footwear24th of January 2018

Nike joins the foam club. Is this the Holy Grail? No.. no it is not!

Nike has finally completed the circle by releasing its new React foam to the world, promising high cushioning and great rebound. Is this then end game.. have we finally cracked the nut? Nope.. not even close, and I have some real concerns with this trend which seems very market driven..

Injury23rd of January 2018

Do orthoses have a role in the treatment of Patellofemoral pain in runners?

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?

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Injury17th of January 2018

Is it excessive pronation, or, a lack of pronation control?

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??

Injury15th of January 2018

Is there ANY point to mixed intervention studies?

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..

Injury8th of January 2018

Plantaris as a cause of midsubstance Achilles tendon pain.

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.

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Miscellaneous1st of January 2018

5 emerging clinical technologies you NEED to know about

The world is moving fast, and here at Bartold Biomechanics, we are committed to making sure you know EXACTLY what is going on. Here are 5 technologies that only a few years ago would have been considered experimental, but in 2018, they are now considered mainstream, and you will be exposed to these techniques in your clinical practices.

Miscellaneous27th of December 2017

The 10 great myths of running

A little while ago, Competitor magazine ran an article entitled 'The 10 Biggest Myths About Running'. To finish 2017 off with a bang, I thought I might revisit this and put my own 2 cents worth in!

Injury19th of December 2017

Cuboid syndrome - is it real?

I recently viewed with interest a Facebook video posting asserting that Cuboid Syndrome was an inappropriate name and that calling it such was akin to using the term metatarsalgia, one of my pet hates. There are certainly issues with how we view this condition, but does it really exist, and if so, what is it? And ....what should we call it

Injury6th of December 2017

When Achilles tendon rupture puts the knee at risk!

So, the ankle bone is connected to the.... knee bone, right? But how many of us are able to bust out of our traditional anatomical learning patterns and actually think about cause and effect?

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