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Elite football teams that do not have a winter break lose on average 303 player-days more per season to injuries than those teams that do: a comparison among 35 professional European teams

Most European elite football leagues have a winter break that coincides with the middle of the football season. However, in England there is no scheduled winter break. The effect of the absence of a winter break on injury rates has not been investigated.  This study aimed to compare injury rates among professional men’s football teams…

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Can stiffness influence rehabilitation in Athletic Groin Pain

Athletic groin pain (AGP) is prevalent in field sports with recurrent accelerations, decelerations, and changes of direction. Despite this, the biomechanics contributing to AGP remains poorly understood and under-investigated in comparison with other sporting injuries. Stiffness, which is resistance of a body to deformation under a given load, has attracted attention in injury prevention research…

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It’s not just about the knee in ACL Rehabilitation!

Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) has been reported to be effective at restoring function and stability to the knee and improving patient-reported outcomes. However, it does not guarantee an athlete will return to play (RTP) and that re-injury will not occur. This may be due, in part, to the absence of clear criteria identifying the…

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Does FAI effect athletic performance?

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a bony condition of the hip caused by repetitive abnormal contact between the femoral head and the acetabulum of the pelvis and has been found to be highly prevalent in young athletes with a peak risk ae of 12-13 year of age, before the epiphyseal plates fuse. Repetitive movements, mainly involving…

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Concomitant cartilage lesion with ACL rupture show same outcome at 5- 9 Years

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are often associated with other knee injuries. The prevalence of concomitant partial-thickness and full-thickness cartilage lesions at the time of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) has been reported to be 20.2 and 6.4 %, respectively, in the Norwegian and Swedish knee ligament registries, and similar rates have been found in…

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Is Hip Surgery Unnecessary for CAM/FAI?

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Hip and groin injuries are extremely common in ice hockey players, with a reported incidence of 19.87 injuries per 100 players at the elite level. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) has been increasingly recognized as a cause of hip pain in athletes at all levels of competition. Numerous studies have found an increased prevalence of FAI in…

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Heart rate variability and its use in monitoring athletic performance

Both medical and fitness practitioners were always looking for a marker which would reflect general health and fitness level and could be applicable to as many people as possible. BMI, blood pressure, LDL and HDL cholesterol are all used as such measures but obviously none of them is without limitations. In recent years, heart rate…

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Long Term Athlete Development

In revising my site I came across my interview with Adam Brimelow, Health correspondent for the BBC and a piece I was invited to write. It led to a series of heated debates back in 2012 on testing physical competencies in schools with the usual arguments from people to hated PE and felt it ruined…

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