Last night in the first game of the season, Alex Rance ruptured his ACL while landing after attempting a mark. This is a season ending injury, as it will require surgery for him to return to football and the rehabilitation after surgery is usually at least 9 months.

Typically, the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) ruptures when the leg is in a “knee in, toe out” position. This is when the foot is planted, the femur (thigh bone) internally rotates and a valgus force is placed on the knee. …

It’s back to school season! The kids are off with big backpacks stacked with heaps of books, tech gadgets and sports equipment. To prevent back strains, it’s a good idea to invest in a good backpack. Two of the main things to look out for in a good school bag are: structural support and load distribution.

When looking for a bag, ensure that the bag has good sturdiness and padding to it so that it can withstand the desired weight of the demands while remaining comfortable for the shoulders and hips. Load distribution is key, so that the weight isn’t…

Last night in the Big Bash T20 cricket semi-final, George Bailey dislocated his shoulder diving to prevent a boundary while out fielding. 90% of the time the shoulder will dislocate anteriorly (out the front) when you land on an outstretched arm (see photo above) or when force is applied to an outstretched arm e.g., a footy tackle.

This is generally a very painful injury. The number one priority is to reduce the shoulder (put it back in place). Sometimes the shoulder will ‘pop’ back in to place spontaneously but sometimes it may need medical attention. This is best managed with rest, ice and elevation — so people often find themselves in a sling.

As this settles down physiotherapy can play a role to regain movement and activate the appropriate muscles around the shoulder to get the individual back to daily activities.

It’s tennis season, so if you’ve been inspired by the Open to hit the courts, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the common injuries suffered by tennis players. As a racquet sport, shoulder and elbow injuries tend to come to mind, but the most common injuries in tennis actually occur in the lower limb. Today we’ll be discussing calf strains.

How do calf strains occur?

Simply put, a lack of load management, or overuse and overloading the muscle, is the most common cause of calf strains. For the athletes at the Open, there’s a huge workload…

If you’ve been watching the cricket, you would have noticed the gallant effort of MS Dhoni, who under difficult circumstances hit the winning runs for India in the ODI against Australia last night. You might have seen him calling for treatment as it became more and more difficult for him to cope in the heat, likely because he was suffering from dehydration and related fatigue.

Hydration is a crucial aspect to consider when you’re undergoing sport of a long duration, and especially in the heat, like that in Adelaide yesterday. Dhoni’s symptoms were likely a combination of his lengthy wicket…

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a very common disease that affects joints throughout our body. Osteoarthritis affects the whole joint, but most of all affects the articular cartilage (the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones) which becomes thin and fragile. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of disability and decreased mobility in older people with approximately 30% of people aged between 50 and 70 years being affected, osteoarthritis also affects 5% of people between 35 and 50 years.

How does osteoarthritis change a joint?

In a healthy joint the cartilage goes through a balanced cycle of…

It is well understood that Australian rules football is one of the most exhilarating and hard-hitting sports around. Unfortunately, however, this much-loved sport possesses a dark side which often goes unnoticed — mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion.

A concussion occurs when our brain is shaken around within our skull, which in footy common occurs following a direct blow to the head or a heavy tackle. Concussion can have a major effect on an individual’s mental state, and if left untreated, can increase the athlete’s chance of developing depression and dementia down the track. …

Hamstring injuries are the most prevalent injury in AFL, costing clubs more than $40,000, on average, per hamstring injury (based on players’ salary and average injury duration). Despite extensive research regarding hamstring injury prevention, the rate of hamstring injuries in AFL remains relatively unchanged. One theory is that it may be due to the recent rule change restricting interchanges. Previously, a team was allowed an unlimited number of interchanges per game, whereas teams are now only allowed 90 interchanges per game. While this slows the game down and may reduce impact injuries due to player fatigue, hamstring injuries are generally…

The shoulder is a complex structure so there can be many causes of pain. The pain can be achy, sharp, deep, feel like its catching or at times cause you weakness and prevent you being able to use your arm. Persistent shoulder pain can be very debilitating — we use our shoulder in everyday life for things like driving, dressing, lifting and even sleeping.

Structurally the shoulder girdle consists of the upper arm, collar bone and shoulder blade. These aspects can all be sources of shoulder pain. Sometimes when the original shoulder injury persists and doesn’t settle, it is due…

As we all know, skiing can be a strenuous activity and can lead to various injuries, especially to the lower limbs. Today we’ll be sharing Charlie’s top 5 tips for ski injury prevention.

1. Train to ski and warm up before heading out

Training for a holiday sounds silly, but in the case of skiing it’s incredibly important to strengthen and condition our muscles in order to be as fit as possible before heading out. This allows you to get the most out of your holiday.

The humble warm-up has many beneficial effects on the human body: increased heart rate and blood flow to the muscles, and as the name…

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