Does blood flow restriction training improve outcomes after ACL reconstruction?

Does blood flow restriction training improve outcomes after ACL reconstruction?

It is well accepted that the main aim of an ACL reconstruction (ACLR) rehabilitation programme is to return patients to their pre-injury level of function with the lowest risk of re-injury. Post-surgery, players will usually experience a significant loss of lower limb strength due to muscle atrophy and inhibition mechanisms. This FastFact highlights a blinded, [...]
Hip osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis

Case This 24-year-old professional player presents with progressive left hip pain and stiffness. This had been present for approximately six months. He has similar, but less significant, pain in his right hip. On examination, he was found to have pain with hip flexion beyond 90 degrees, reduced internal rotation (less than 10 degrees bilaterally) and [...]
High risk of further ACL injury for players that return to football after ACL reconstruction

High risk of further ACL injury for players that return to football after ACL reconstruction

For football players sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture reconstructive surgery is often performed to restore knee stability and allow a return to football. This FastFact highlights a ten-year follow up of ACL reconstructed football players and investigates the ability to return to football and risk of further ACL injuries1. The aim of the [...]
Bio-banding competition may help develop technical skills in youth football players

Bio-banding competition may help develop technical skills in youth football players

There is a large variation in physical maturity in youth athletes undergoing puberty. Traditionally youth athletes have been divided by age and body mass in order to minimise injury risk, however this can disadvantage the less physically mature athletes. Early physically developing players can be preferentially selected, overlooking potential technical skills in other players. Bio-banding [...]