A winner of the FIFA Women’s World CupTM, Amy Rodriguez is currently a forward for Utah Royals FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, for whom she sports the number 8. Amy discovered she was pregnant with her first child not long after winning her second Olympic gold medal at London 2012. Her second child was born in 2016. To mark today’s International Women’s Day, we asked Amy about the mental and physical challenges she faced when she resumed training and playing following her two pregnancies.
Case A 21-year-old female recreational player presented three weeks after a twisting injury to her right ankle. She describes experiencing an immediate onset of severe pain, being unable to continue and developing near immediate swelling. She was seen at a local A+E within hours of her injury and was diagnosed with an ‘ankle sprain’. She [...]
Heavy eccentric calf training is a common treatment for mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy, however this systematic review and meta-analysis suggests the evidence supporting this is low and the true beneficial effect has not been well established. Strengthening programmes appear useful but other regimes may be at least as effective1. Mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy is often seen in [...]
Case This 70-year-old football coach presents for a review of his left foot. He tells you he has always had ‘flat feet’ but that his left foot has changed in appearance over the past few years. It is not painful, he is able to play some social football with his friends and can walk freely [...]
This prospective study compared female players who underwent an ACL reconstruction (ACLR) with their healthy peers. The authors found that the players who had an ACLR were both more likely to re-injure their knee and to quit playing football1. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are a common problem in football players with female players having [...]
Case This 40-year-old male football player with a history of an ACL reconstruction with BTB autograft and medial and lateral meniscal repairs presented two years after his surgery. He described an “awkward movement” while walking with his knee in mid flexion resulting in a subsequent giving way sensation associated with immediate pain and swelling. His [...]