Muscles and tendons

Muscles and tendons

Why are female athletes so susceptible to knee injury?

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 ‘cutting’ (football, basketball, volleyball, […]

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Swimming related sports injuries

You may think that swimmers never get hurt. If so, read on Swimming is regarded as the ideal form of exercise because it is so injury-free. Physical problems only really emerge as a result of competitive training, combined with heavy land training. The result? Over-use or repetitive microtrauma injuries such as swimmer’s shoulder and breast-stroke […]

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Managing pain in athletes

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 […]

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Knee joint injuries

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 […]

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Women’s knee injuries

Female adolescent and young adult athletes are known to be at much greater risk of knee injury – particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – than males of similar training level. And now a new UK study has suggested that these differences are due to puberty-induced changes in knee mechanics.  The study was set up […]

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