Articles featured in the January 2015 issue of sportEX medicine journal – the international sports injury and rehabilitation journal:
* VITAMIN D IN SPORT AND EXERCISE MEDICINE: A PRACTICAL REVIEW
Suboptimal levels of vitamin D are now recognised as a worldwide public health problem (1), having a range of effects through many mechanisms. A wide range of individuals – even the supremely fit – can have suboptimal vitamin D levels. This article provides an overview of the current understanding of vitamin D, its effects, mechanisms, measurement and approaches to supplementation.
* THE CHALLENGES OF YOUTH: PSYCHOSOCIAL RESPONSE TO INJURY AND REHABILITATION IN YOUNG ATHLETES
Understanding the psychosocial challenges faced by youth athletes can be key to a successful return to competition following sports injury. This article extends other recent articles that have examined the salient role of psychology within sports injury risk, rehabilitation and return to competition (1) by providing an overview of some of the challenges of working with youth athletes as well as presenting some strategies that can be used to enhance the quality of rehabilitation outcomes. It is hoped that this will stimulate reflective practice and increase practitioner confidence in working with some of the psychosocial challenges presented by youth athletes. This article includes a continuing education quiz.
* A PRACTICAL MODEL FOR MANAGING TENNIS ELBOW (INCLUDING CLIENT ADVICE LEAFLET)
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a common injury that is notoriously difficult to rehabilitate. This article provides a practical and progressive model for athletes to manage the condition and rehabilitate back to full function.
* PROXIMAL INTERVENTION FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN
This article offers the reader an evidence-informed and clinically reasoned review of the current literature with respect to proximal interventions in the management of patellofemoral pain. The evidence clearly backs up this approach, but it is not possible to establish the mechanism of the effect or to identify patient subgroups within which
favourable outcomes are more likely. From reading this article you will gain a broader understanding of how hip strengthening can be implemented, targeted to specific individuals and consequently results in more favourable outcomes for your patients.
* SHOULD SPORTS CONSIDER NEUROIMAGING IN THE ASSESSMENT OF CONCUSSION?
This article discusses the current evidence for the short- and long-term effects of concussion in sport and how occurrences of concussion should be managed. The article also considers the potential role of medical imaging in terms of assessing both acute and chronic head injuries. Greater awareness of when medical imaging could be used will aid practitioner’s understanding of its potential contribution while still maintaining the fundamental importance of clinical judgement. This article includes a continuing education quiz.
* RESEARCH REVIEWS
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into (i) better diagnosis of subacromial impingement and rotator cuff pathology with clustered tests, and (ii) to what extent pain is an indication of severity of injury.
* JOURNAL WATCH
Quarterly roundup from the musculoskeletal research journals.
* SOCIAL WATCH
Quarterly roundup of resources from key social media sites.
These articles are available in full through a subscription to sportEX medicine. The articles are all written by practitioners from around the world. The publication is available in print and online as well as on the Apple, Android and Kindle Fire platforms.