• Blood Doping

    Despite numerous positive tests for performance enhancing drugs in Italy and Spain, there has not yet been a positive test in the English Premier League. Although performance enhancing drugs have never been part of the culture of English football, some notable figures have their suspicions. FIFA Medical Committee chairman, Michel D’Hooghe, commented “EPO is now … Read more

    Reviewing Injuries

    Tendonopathy Kader et al reviewed almost 350 articles to provide an interesting review of the anatomy, pathology and management of Achilles tendon problems in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The article is comprehensive and provides essential reading for all clinicians who specialise in Sports Medicine. It also provides interesting information for those people, sporting … Read more

    Cricket Back Problems

    Research findings from South Africa that were recently presented at the 1st World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention in Olso, have indicated that young fast bowlers are the players most prone to injury. The ‘Gentleman’s game’ is far from genteel, with the athleticism and intensity of modern cricket leading to greater strain on player’s bodies. … Read more

    Treating Arthritis

    There is always something that can be done to help Arthritis Around 20% of the UK population have some form of Arthritis. Arthritis affects both sexes and all age groups. Arthritis tends to be characterised by inflammation and degeneration of a joint, which causes joint pain and swelling. This can progress to the point where … Read more

    Soccer Injury Epidemiology

    Epidemiology has been defined as “a study of the distribution and determinants of health related states and the application of this study to the control of health problems” (Cherkasski 1991). Although epidemiological research has become more complex and specialised with the accumulation of medical and scientific knowledge, the essence of a good epidemiological study is … Read more

    Repetitive Strain Injuries

    There are many different types of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) and these are categorised by the overuse of certain movements and motions. Commonly RSI occurs as a result of an individual undertaking a task typical to them. Be it associated with their occupation, hobby or sport, a repetitive motion can lead to a strain on … Read more

    Tennis Elbow Rehabilitation

    The success of rehabilitation of tennis elbow is dependent upon first controlling the inflammation at the insertion of the extensor tendons into the Humerus bone, on the outside of the elbow joint (see full article for an explanation of the anatomy). Depending on the severity of the condition, this may be alleviated simply by rest or with … Read more

    Factors Affecting ACL Injury

    Dr Donald Shelbourne pioneered the contralateral ACL reconstruction for torn anterior cruciate ligaments (using the Patella tendon of the ‘good’ knee as the ACL graft) and developed the accelerated ACL reconstruction rehabilitation protocol. Here he outlines the most recent data regarding ACL injuries to either knee (the ‘good’ and operated knees) after ACL reconstruction and … Read more

    Jumpers Knee Rehabilitation

    An eccentric contraction is defined as a contraction where the muscle is lengthening, as opposed to a concentric contraction where the muscle is shortening, or an isometric contraction where there is no change in the muscle length. There is nothing magical about eccentric muscle strengthening in the role of alleviating tendon problems. The key is … Read more