• How to Get Back into Exercise Following an Injury

    By Katie Knapton, MSCP HCPC founder of PFO. How quickly you can get back into exercise after you have been injured depends on the severity and nature of the injury. If it is a very recent injury the best advice is to protect and optimally loading (so as much pressure/weight as is comfortable), along with ice, compression … Read more

    A Guide To Women’s Health

    Women’s sports participation, as in men, produces numerous health advantages including improved cardiovascular fitness, better weight control, increased self esteem and improved bone density. However just like sporting males, there is a risk of sports injury in sporting females. Female U.S college athletes have been reported to have twice the rate of injury in soccer … Read more

    Lumbar Spine and Recurrent ‘Hamstring’ Problems

    The Role of the Lumbar Spine in Recurrent 'Hamstring' Problems

    John Orchard is a sports physician and sports injury researcher based in Sydney, Australia. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Dr Orchard is Medical Director for the Sydney Roosters Rugby League Football Club. He is Injury Survey Co-ordinator for … Read more

    Case Study: Freddie Ljungberg’s Calf Muscle Strain Injury

      The Injury Freddie Ljungberg suffered a Calf muscle injury during Sweden’s 2-0 Euro 2008 qualifier victory over Spain and was forced to miss several Premiership matches. Calf muscle injuries are common in sports such as football, basketball, and tennis, where there is a lot of running and jumping. The Treatment Freddie Ljungberg’s rehabilitation was … Read more

    Achilles Tendinopathy Rehabilitation (Achilles Tendonitis)

    Eccentric Strengthening 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 … Read more

    Achilles Paratendinopathy in Depth (Achilles Tendonitis)

    Achilles Paratendinopathy Explained Achilles Paratendinopathy is a common cause of Achilles pain, although lower Calf and heel pain is often reported with this condition. Achilles Paratendinopathy is commonly referred to as Achilles Tendonitis. The Achilles Tendon is situated above the heel and forms the lower part of the calf muscles. It is a continuation of … Read more

    Achilles Paratendinopathy Rehabilitation

    Eccentric Strengthening 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 … Read more

    Achilles Tendinopathy in Depth AKA: Achilles Tendonitis

    Achilles Tendinopathy Achilles tendinopathy is the term used to describe all of the possible issues with an Achilles tendon including inflammation (tendinitis) or degeneration (tendinopathy). It is now believed that the Achilles tendon is not simply inflamed; instead, the tendon has become thickened and stiffens up. Although this might sound alarming, degeneration (wear and tear) … Read more

    Understanding Calf & Shin Injuries – Expert Physio Advice

    The muscles surrounding the calf and shin are powerful and help to propel the body forward during running and walking. These muscles, as well as the shin itself, are prone to overuse injuries such as shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) and Achilles tendinopathy. These types of injury are often minor and can be managed … Read more

    Shin Splints Injury & Treatment Guide

    Shin-Splints

    Shin splints is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, however unnervingly many people, and in some cases even the sufferers themselves, are unaware of what shin splints is. It is important for those who are hampered with shin splints to understand the condition, so that they can then build towards reducing … Read more