Murmur type and character does not help identify structural heart disease

Murmur type and character does not help identify structural heart disease

Doctors are trained to identify cardiac murmurs and to make a judgement about whether these are benign, or whether they signify underlying heart disease. The study profiled in this edition of the FastFact aims to determine whether this assessment has any value by reviewing pre-competition medical assessment (PMCA) findings in 15141 student-athletes.1 A retrospective analysis [...]
Patella tendinopathy

Patella tendinopathy

Case A 26-year-old recreational player presented after a 12-month history of localised anterior knee pain. This came on insidiously and has remained painful during and after football (and any other running-based activity). The pain is not associated with any swelling, mechanical symptoms or instability. On examination there is localised tenderness about the proximal patellar tendon [...]
Progressive tendon loading exercise is superior to traditional eccentric strengthening for patient with patellar tendinopathy

Progressive tendon loading exercise is superior to traditional eccentric strengthening for patient with patellar tendinopathy

There are a range of rehabilitation programmes that can be used to treat players with patellar tendinopathy (PT), most of which involve some form of strengthening exercises. This week’s FastFact compares a progressive tendon-loading programme with a more traditional eccentric strengthening programme.1 This randomised, assessor-blinded trial involved a total of 76 patients with clinically diagnosed [...]