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The Dreaded “High Ankle Sprain”, But What’s The Difference?

Ankle sprains are the most common site of sport related trauma among all body sites and types, and account for more than 80% of injuries.   To understand the difference between a common ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain, it’s important to have a brief understanding about the anatomy. Three bones in the lower …

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Exercise is good for joints with wear-and-tear arthritis

Exercise is good for people with wear-and-tear joint arthritis and should be a “core treatment”, new draft guidelines for the NHS advise. It may hurt to begin with, but can then ease pain and help individuals with osteoarthritis stay supple, healthy and slim, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Scans aren’t needed to …

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Heel Pain in Children: Managing Sever’s Disease

Heel Pain in Children: Managing Sever’s Disease Sever’s disease or calcaneal apophysitis is a very common cause of heel pain in children and adolescent athletes. It is most common between the ages of 8-14 years of age, especially during a period of rapid growth, combined with a high level of sporting activity. Sever’s disease is …

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Knee Pain in Children: Managing Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Knee Pain in Children: Managing Osgood-Schlatter Disease Osgood-Schlatter disease is a very common cause of knee pain in children and young athletes usually between the ages of 11 and 14. It occurs due to a period of rapid growth, combined with a high level of sporting activity. These changes result in a pulling force from …

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Hamstring Tears: Management of Hamstring Strains

Hamstring Tears: Management of Hamstring Strains. Hamstring injuries are common in sports involving sprinting and kicking. They are the most common injury in elite football,representing about one-third of all time-loss injuries. The hamstring muscles run down the back of the leg from the pelvis to the back of your knee.  An injury can range from …

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Relative Energy Deficiency in sports (RED-S)

What is it?RED-S refers to impaired physiological functioning and occurs when your body does not have sufficient energy (calories/kilojoules) to maintain your essential body systems. Previously known as the ‘Female Athlete Triad’, this model used a three-probed spectrum of conditions among female athletes. The revision to RED-S occurred to reflect that energy deficiency can also …

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Scientists Figured Out How Much Exercise You Need to ‘Offset’ a Day of Sitting

We know that spending hour after hour sitting down isn’t good for us, but just how much exercise is needed to counteract the negative health impact of a day at a desk? A 2020 study suggests about 30-40 minutes per day of building up a sweat should do it. Up to 40 minutes of “moderate to …

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Physiotherapists on the functional exercises everyone should do from home (and they do themselves)

Regular strength training can help prevent injury – and you don’t have to leave your house to do it. Four physios share their go-to moves.   For the sake of our physical and mental health, GPs recommend that we exercise five times per week. But there can be more to think about than just getting …

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