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 [...]
Quadriceps strength and injury mechanism impact return to play following ACLR

Quadriceps strength and injury mechanism impact return to play following ACLR

This edition of the FastFact profiles research from two of our 49 FMCE’s. It looks at the influence of injury mechanism and quadriceps strength on a player’s confidence about returning to play after an ACL reconstruction.1 The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of quadriceps strength symmetry on a player’s psychological readiness [...]
Cervical disc injury

Cervical disc injury

Case A 26-year-old male professional football player presented with severe left arm pain. He was initially aware of some neck discomfort immediately following a match. Over the subsequent 48 hours he then developed severe left arm pain. On examination the player appeared distressed. He had a global restriction in cervical movements and a positive Spurling’s [...]