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Month: April 2022

Does Isokinetic strength testing predict hamstring injuries in sports?

Research Reviewed: Isokinetic strength assessment offers limited predictive validity for detecting risk of future hamstring strain in sport: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Green et al, BJSM 2017 Hamstring strain injuries (HSI) are all too common amongst sports that require high velocity and force, including sprinting, kicking, and prolonged high-speed runs. A common assessment tool …

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Does stretching improve ankle dorsiflexion mobility?

Research reviewed: Chronic effect of different types of stretching on ankle dorsiflexion range of motion: Systematic review and meta-analysis. The Foot, 34, 28–35. Medeiros et al Optimal ankle dorsiflexion (the ankle bending forward) range of motion is important for every day activity and athletic performance – deficits have been linked to key changes in movements …

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What leads to muscle cramping in endurance athletes?

Research reviewed: Increased running speed & previous cramps rather than dehydration or serum sodium changes predict EAMC: study in 210 Ironman triathletes. Schwellnus et al. BJSM Muscle cramping and endurance athletes seem to go together like a horse and carriage – except in the former case, it’s not a beneficial relationship! The major question becomes …

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Expert explains Thomas Partey’s right thigh injury vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal central midfielder injured his right thigh in the 2nd half of Arsenal’s loss at Selhurst Park vs Crystal Palace. Partey immediately recognized the issue, grabbing at the quadriceps area, stopped playing, and walked off gingerly. In the days following, Partey’s thigh was assessed and a scan showed muscle damage, with the team releasing a …

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Do footballers have altered side to side cutting mechanics following ACL reconstruction?

Research reviewed: Altered lower extremity movement variability in female soccer players during side-step cutting after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Pollard et al, AJSM. 2015 The prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries has steadily been increasing in footballers (soccer players), particularly in the female population. In the case of a full rupture, most players who …

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