March 2011

Hamstring injuries are an extremely common sporting injury. Hawkins et al. (2001) showed that hamstring injuries accounted for approximately 12% of football injuries. In certain sports, such as Australian Football, hamstring injuries have the highest incidence of any injury (Warren et al., 2010). This means that many teams, and their sports physiotherapists, invest massive amounts of time and energy in hamstring injury prevention. This is clearly based on the adage that ‘prevention is better than cure’. So what can we do to prevent hamstring injuries??

MRI Diagnostic Accuracy For Cyclops Lesions

Cyclops lesions are an unfortunate sequelae of anterior cruciate ligament injury, and are most commonly seen following ACL reconstructions. The cyclops lesion is a consequence of a localised form of anterior arthrofibrosis. This results in the formation of a nodule of fibrous tissue in the anterior portion of the ACL graft (Tonin et al., 2001). The cyclops lesion sits in the anterior margin of the intercondylar notch, just above the tibial tunnel, which can become impinged between the tibia and femur upon knee extension (Bradley et al., 2000).

IT’S HERE! The first session of The Sports Physiotherapist Podcast! HOW TO LISTEN You can download this podcast staight to your computer and iPod (by right-clicking here) or listen to it below. Also, soon I will be submitting the podcast feed to iTunes, and you will be able to subscribe there as well (don’t worry […]

Injury - Knee

Patellar tendinopathy, commonly referred to as “Jumper’s Knee”, is a common overuse lower limb injury. In certain sporting populations, such as elite volleyball, the incidence can be as high as 45% (Lian et al., 2005). Thus, it is easy to see the importance of the identification of risk factors for patellar tendinopathy. Additionally, once identified such risk factors have clear implications for both the prevention and rehabilitation of this condition. This article discusses the latest research identifying risk factors for the development of patellar tendinopathy.

Imaging For Achilles Tendinopathy

INTRODUCTION Mid-portion (or non-insertional) Achilles tendinopathy has been reported as one of the most common overuse injuries (Maffulli et al., 2003). It is common in those who engage in regular physical activity, which means athletes are particularly susceptible to this condition. Sports physiotherapists who treat regularly treat runners will be aware of its high incidence […]

I thought that today I would write a post that is not exactly the most practical or clinical (which is generally the way I like to do things) but one that is more thought provoking. I haven’t written a light-hearted blog-style post in a little while, so here it is. Are you a young(ish) sports physiotherapist? Then what changes in the world of physiotherapy do you think you will you see within your career that may expand over the next 30+ years? Read on…