Kneecap pain

Kneecap pain

Pain around the kneecap, officially termed patellofemoral pain (PFP) accounts for up to 17% of knee pain seen generally, and up to 40% of knee problems seen in the sporting population (Crossley et al 2016), with up to 7% of adolescents between the ages of 15-19 years...
Shin splints

Shin splints

The term ‘shin splints’ is often used as a blanket description of any persistent pain occurring between the knee and ankle in an athlete. The condition has a number of names including Exercise Induced Leg Pain (EILP), Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS),...
Hamstring injuries (part 2)

Hamstring injuries (part 2)

We have seen (part 1: Hamstring injuries) that the structure and function of the hamstrings is used to guide the rehabilitation process.  To be truly effective, Hamstring rehabilitation must be multifactorial, and a number of factors are important.  Let’s begin by...
Hamstring injuries (part 2)

Hamstring injuries (part 1)

Hamstring injury rate Hamstring injury is common in sport, and these injuries frequently recur.  Up to 12% of sports injuries may be to the hamstrings (Ekstrand et al 2011), and it is the  most common muscle injury in male footballers (Schuermans et al...
Personal training – should you, or shouldn’t you?

Personal training – should you, or shouldn’t you?

When you exercise, it is not just how much you do or how hard you work which is important, but how you perform an exercise.  To put it more succinctly, exercise quality is as important (and sometimes more important) than exercise quantity. ...