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Injury22nd of May 2017

Why running is bad for you.

Running is a very high-risk activity in relation to injury. Between 6 and 8 out of 10 people who take up running WILL get injured. So, surely it is time to start recommending that people stop running.. right?

Miscellaneous18th of May 2017

Does Peroneal tendinosis predispose to lateral ankle sprain?

A painful episode in the region of the peroneal tendons, within the retromalleolar groove, is a common precipitating event of an acute lateral ankle sprain, and as this new paper shows, footstrike pattern plays a role as well.

Athletic Footwear17th of May 2017

Yep, a shoes' age really DOES affect performance!

There is always a lot of chatter about when a shoe should be exchanged for new, but does anyone really know when, and if you don't change, what are the implications?

Miscellaneous16th of May 2017

Heel counters and heel collars have NO effect on athletic performance!

Why do people insist that the heel counter or heel collar of a shoe play and important performance role? For years I have been arguing, hopefully with the science on my side, that these footwear components make no difference. This new study underlines the point.

Miscellaneous16th of May 2017

Does manual therapy work for plantar heel pain?

Hmm.. a question for the ages! Is there any evidence that manual therapies can be effective in the management of pain and function in patients with plantar fasciitis? Better read this.. quick!

Breaking News15th of May 2017

Is foot or ankle pain likely to lead to knee osteoarthritis?

Symptoms in the foot and/or ankle are a potential risk factor for knee pain and OA that has received limited attention to date. A new study sheds some light on this association.

Breaking News15th of May 2017

Does Platelet rich plasma help with knee or hip osteoarthritis?

Knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) are major public health problems worldwide causing pain, disability and impaired quality of life. This narrative paper discusses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a treatment for hip and knee OA, with a focus on evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

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Athletic Footwear9th of May 2017

Will springy soled shoes really give you a .."Boost".. BAM!

On February 14th, 2013, adidas announced a new and apparently revolutionary midsole material called 'BOOST", comprising a new process developed by chemical giant BASF, in which thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is encapsulated to form thousands of tiny "energy capsules. It claimed massive improvements in "energy return" and rebound, but, do we really care?

Injury4th of May 2017

Whilst on the topic of tendons, time for a refresher!

This is such an important topic, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the seminal paper by Jill Cook and Craig Purdham, entitled "Is tendon pathology a continuum? A pathology model to explain the clinical presentation of load-induced tendinopathy"

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Injury2nd of May 2017

6 Things to remember about tendon injury

A quick reference for tendon injury, with particular reference to the Achilles tendon. Also, a new infographic for you to download!

Miscellaneous27th of April 2017

Are compression garments effective?

I am particularly interested in the effect of tissue vibration on injury and fatigue, and so by default am interested in whether compression garments work or not. Well... do they or don't they?!

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Miscellaneous25th of April 2017

Pronated feet are stronger.. m'kay!

For some time, we have been told that a pronated foot is a weak foot. A new study contradicts this thought.. bigtime!

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