Muscles and tendons

Why are female athletes so susceptible to knee injury?

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Owen Anderson explains why girls and women are much more at risk of serious knee injuries than their male counterparts But research has shown that strength training has an astonishingly protective effect. Owen Anderson describes the curious vulnerability of the female knee.It’s sad but true: female athletes who take part in sports involving jumping and... MORE

How runners can prevent and treat plantar fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot- but how do you get rid of it? Cases of plantar fasciitis can linger for months at a time, with pain increasing and decreasing in an unpredictable pattern. Often, plantar fasciitis discomfort may nearly disappear for several weeks, only to re-emerge... MORE

Sports injuries: detecting early injury-induced muscle damage

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Detection of muscle injury in sport Avoiding injury is crucial for success in sport. The problem is that most athletes only become aware of an injury once it has become major and performance hindering. Any test therefore that could flag early injuries before they become serious or chronic enough to sideline an athlete could be... MORE

Managing pain in athletes

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What are the best ways to cope with sports pain? And how do different people react to the same injury? Pain and gain – how athletes can manage and overcome pain? ‘Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.’ So goes a well-known but anonymous quote. For many athletes, pain is a normal everyday experience and... MORE

Lateral knee pain and iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)

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Looking at the causes of lateral knee pain and ITBS There are numerous complaints affecting the knee, but in this article I have focused on lateral knee pain, having treated a number of people with this problem in recent weeks. In cases of chronic lateral knee pain, iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) should be considered as... MORE

Knee joint injuries

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Knee instability has more to do with work than sport Instability of the knee joint – experienced as a sense of the knee ‘giving way’ – is an important symptom of knee injury and a predisposing factor for both acute knee injuries and osteoarthritis. Despite its importance, however, not much is known about the prevalence... MORE


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