Injury management

Return to football testing

Guide on Return to play (RTP) testing protocol for football

Anyone who’s had to miss football for weeks or months with injury knows how nervous you feel when you make your return. “Am I ready?”…”Can I still do that?”…”Will I get injured again?”… So we’ve devised a return to play (RTP) protocol to help you figure out: if you’re ready, if your performance is back […]

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Knowing your Periostitis from your Tenosynovitis

Pathology names such as Tibial Periostitis are made up of elements that specify the structure involved and the pathology. In the example of Tibial Periostitis, “Tibial” refers to the bone involved (the Tibia), “Peri-” means surrounding, “-ost-” refers to bone and “-itis” indicates an inflammatory pathology. So we know this is referring to an inflammatory […]

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Cartilage injuries

Cartilage injuries – an overview of the different types

Cartilage injuries can affect any form of cartilage in the body. Cartilage is found in the form of osteochondral (hard) cartilage lining the joint surfaces, meniscal (soft) cartilage providing cushioning and movement control between joint surfaces and labral (firm) cartilage providing added integrity to ball and socket joint. Osteochondral cartilage defect An osteochondral cartilage defect […]

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Bone stress reaction

Bone injury – an overview of the different types

“Bone injury” and “bone stress injury” describes pathologies that affect the structural aspects of bone. These injuries occur on a continuum, from a reaction through to full fracture. Bone oedema (or edema) Bone oedema refers to a painful area of reaction within the bone Also known as bone bruising This occurs due to direct impact […]

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Muscle injury

Muscle injury – an overview of the different types

“Muscle injury” covers all injuries to muscle and the connective tissue within the muscle belly (the main body of the muscle not including the tendons). They are typically graded as: Grade 1 – no significant amount of damage to muscle fibres with pain but no or minimal bleeding (generally referred to as a “muscle strain” […]

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heat ice anti inflammatories

Heat, ice or anti-inflammatories – what’s the best option?

As Physiotherapists, we often get asked the question about heat or ice. “Should I use ice or heat on my pulled muscle?” and “Can ice or heat help muscle soreness?” And it’s not as simple as just one answer. It all depends on the type of injury and what you’re trying to achieve from the […]

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Movement patterns

Cue movements, not muscles

Movement pattern cues are the little prompts that a personal trainer or lifting coach uses to correct technique and improve movement patterns. Tips like “think about bending the bar” or “force your heels down” change the way your brain coordinates the movement. It tweaks the brain’s complex coordination of muscles to improve timing or recruitment […]

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Benefits of a virtual therapist

Benefits of a virtual therapist

In a rapidly advancing digital world, the benefits of a virtual therapist are something many wouldn’t have considered. We’re happy to go online for our finances, food, transport… the list is almost endless. But when it came to our medical needs, the traditional approach – dealing with real people face to face – seemed like […]

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What does KT tape do

What does KT tape do?

Ever wondered “what does KT tape do?” Well, you’re not alone… Backing up a bit – firstly, what is KT tape? It’s a brand of elastic tape, stretchy tapes designed to move with the joint and skin through sporting activities. Other brands and marketing names include Dynamic Tape, Rocktape and Kinesiology tape. These tapes are […]

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Over-training syndrome

Over-training syndrome? More like “under-recovering”…

Over-training syndrome is a state of constant fatigue due to excessive training demands. Without adequate recovery periods in a training program, the body struggles to cope. This affects sleep patterns, hormonal regulation, muscle and nerve function… the list is long and nasty. Over-training syndrome doesn’t just affect elite athletes. It can affect anyone pushing their […]

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