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ACL injuries are some of the most common and debilitating injuries in athletes. In this podcast, Tim Hewett and Kate Webster talk about the biomechanical risk factors for ACL injury, the role and potential of screening, and the use of ACL prevention programmes. Tim Hewett is an expert in biomedical engineering work at the Mayo Clinic and Kate Webster is an associate professor at La Trobe University. They are both speaking at the upcoming Sports Medicine Australia Conference-more details can be found here-http://tinyurl.com/h4ndfy2 Timeline: 0.40 - What is the biggest risk factor for ACL injury? 2.10 - How are ACL injuries preventable? 4.10 - Can we screen for injury risk? 6.00 - Key criteria for RTS. 9:40 - The high risk of re-injury following ACL damage. 13.00 - Are we returning athletes too soon post injury?

 

Peter O’Sullivan has two recent BJSM podcasts (see below). In this podcast he shares his thoughts on the recent media attention around Tiger Woods' obvious back pain while playing in the US PGA. He discusses what the pathology might be, why the media suggested that Mr Woods’ ‘sacrum went out’. He contends that ‘core strengthening’ may not be the panacea. The lessons apply to the management of low back pain, and other pain, in a myriad of settings. See also Read Professor O'Sullivan's blog on Tiger Wood's back pain: http://bit.ly/1zaISGz Listen to his podcast on lower back pain: http://goo.gl/jrQxSe

 

With over twenty years' experience, accreditation in Sports Physiotherapy, and a recent PhD in the topic of lateral hip pain, Alison Grimaldi (@AlisonGrimaldi) was invited to this podcast by BJSM’s Twitter community. She is a popular conference speaker internationally. Here she walks you through each step of the assessment and treatment of an older patient with right hip pain. She then shares how to assess and treat a younger sportsperson. In both cases, Dr Grimaldi emphasizes that compression is bad for tendons that run over bony prominences (trochanter in this case) and indicates how this can be addressed. Enjoy one of our most practical podcasts. Recorded at the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference, Auckland (September 2014) with thanks to the NZ Sports Physiotherapy Interest Group (@SportsPhysioNZ). Links: 1) JL Cook, C Purdam Is compressive load a factor in the development of tendinopathy? Br J Sports Med 46(3):163-8. 2012 http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/46/3/163.abstract

2) Fearon A, Stephens S, Cook J, et al. The relationship of femoral neck shaft angle and adiposity to greater trochanteric pain syndrome in women. A case control morphology and anthropometric study. Br J Sports Med. 2012 http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/46/12/888.long

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