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Soccer-specific fitness training part I

Soccer-specific fitness training part I

The specificity principle of training, suggests that specific training methodologies should be employed to maximise the training effect. In other words, sprinters should employ sprint training to improve their performance etc. When it comes to applying the specificity principle to soccer, this means that on-field football training provides the best method of training. Della et al. (2006) that(…)

Ankle sprain management

Ankle sprain management

Van der Bekerom et al 2012 completed a literature review on ankle sprains and brought forth some important information. It is estimated that ankle sprain make up 7-10% of all ER visits. Inversion sprains (twisting the ankle inwards) involves about 25% of musculoskeletal injuries. These account for 53% of basketball and 29% of soccer injuries.(…)

Analgesics for non-specific low back pain

Analgesics for non-specific low back pain

Non-specific low back pain is one of the most common ailments sending people to physiotherapy or chiropractic care. Given the numerous different mechanical, physiological and neurological reasons for back pain, many times, imaging and tests are inconclusive as to the origin of the back pain. The unfortunate patient is then lumped into NSLBP and given(…)

Preventing knee injuries

Preventing knee injuries

As mentioned previously (here and here), knee injuries are frequent in sport. They vary by sport, age group and as demonstrated here, by gender. Swenson et al 2012 collected data from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System. They analysed 5 academic years of high school athletes (2005/6-2010/11) and looked at over 20 sports. 5,116 knee(…)

Thigh muscularity and strength in teenage soccer players

Thigh muscularity and strength in teenage soccer players

Hoshiakwa et al’s 2012 study focused in the cross sectional area of the thigh. Soccer players aged 11-13 had their cross sectional area measured along with dynamic knee flexion and knee extension. Knee flexion strength was comparable in the two groups but knee extension strength was much larger in the athlete’s group. We know that(…)