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Guest blog by Scott Coleman, CEO of Preventure

Many theories have been proposed about whether we can predict if a patient who presents with an acute low back injury will develop chronic low back pain (LBP).

This information is vital with regards to workplace injuries, as we all know musculoskeletal lower back injuries sustained at work have a high likelihood of becoming long-term, costly claims. And with many workers experiencing back pain with the new COVID-impacted working arrangements, it’s worthwhile to explore whether we can predict the likelihood of these injuries becoming long-term Workers’ Compensation claims.

Emma Karran from the Body in Mind Research Group at the University of South Australia recently completed a systematic review of the commonly used tools (self-reporting questionnaires) available to predict the likelihood of a patient developing chronic LBP and disability. She drew the following…


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There is no doubt that Manchester United is one of the greatest football clubs in the world, having enjoyed enormous success both domestically and on the European stage with numerous titles and trophies a testament to this success. It wasn’t luck that they landed these accolades but, rather years of hard work, dedication, team building, constant training and preparation.

The team’s longest-standing and most successful head coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, once said: “Winning a game is a short-term gain, building a club brings stability and consistency.”


Guest blog by Scott Coleman, CEO of Preventure

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In 2014 I was very fortunate to be a member of the Australian Athletics team for the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas. Whilst watching the 4x400 team warm-up, I noticed several Kenyan middle distance runners warming-up on the grass, with no shoes, running at the same pace as their coach… who was walking alongside them!

After they had finished, I wandered over to ask their coach about the snails-paced running, and he simply answered — “they enjoy the feel of it, and they are the experts”. As the conversation continued, I discovered he had coached the majority of Kenya’s best athletes, and his belief was that each individual runner is the expert in how they move. …

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