Early sport specialisation and high training loads may increase the risk of injury

Early sport specialisation and high training loads may increase the risk of injury

Early sport specialisation (ESS) is often considered to be a risk factor for injury, despite a lack of good evidence to support this relationship. This FastFact highlights a paper that attempts to determine whether ESS is indeed associated with an increased risk of injury by evaluating a group of American Collegiate athletes1. It has been [...]
Discoid meniscus

Discoid meniscus

Case An eleven-year-old female player presented complaining of recurring clunking in her left knee. This had been present for six months but had become worse in the month prior to her presentation. During this time, she had also developed some localised lateral knee pain and her parents had noticed that her knee appeared swollen. On [...]
Assessing variation in shoe-surface traction over one season of elite football

Assessing variation in shoe-surface traction over one season of elite football

Foot fixation - or the feeling that studs are trapped on the grass during a rotational movement - is a mechanism commonly associated with injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in football. Despite this, little information exists regarding the magnitude of traction forces at the shoe-surface interface. This FastFact investigates how traction (grip) between the [...]