High volume injections do not appear to be effective in the treatment for mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy

High volume injections do not appear to be effective in the treatment for mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy

There are a range of therapies that have been suggested as possible treatments for the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy. This edition of the FastFact highlights a paper, published in the BMJ, that evaluates the effectiveness of high volume injections.1 High volume injections involve injecting a large amount of fluid into the area surrounding a painful [...]
Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy may be worse than no treatment for degenerative medial meniscal tears

Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy may be worse than no treatment for degenerative medial meniscal tears

There is increasing evidence that arthroscopic partial meniscectomies, one of the most common surgical procedures performed on the knee, may not be as effective as previously thought. This edition of the FastFact highlights the five-year results of the FIDELITY trial which have just been published in the BJSM. The aim of the FIDELITY (Finnish Degenerative [...]
Do you know how to identify, assess and treat a player with disordered eating?

Do you know how to identify, assess and treat a player with disordered eating?

The impact that relative energy deficit (RED-S) can have on a player’s health and wellbeing is increasingly being recognised. This BJSM paper, featuring staff from a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, reviews the evidence relating to disordered eating (DE), a potential cause of RED-S, and provides excellent information about a practical approach to players with [...]
What do we know about anterior cruciate ligament injury mechanisms in men’s professional football?

What do we know about anterior cruciate ligament injury mechanisms in men’s professional football?

In order to prevent injury, it is important to have a thorough understanding about both the incidence of injury and injury mechanisms. This FastFact, produced by the Isokinetic Medical Group (a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence), and published in the BJSM evaluates anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in a population of Italian professional football players [...]
Football injuries impair team performance and create a financial burden

Football injuries impair team performance and create a financial burden

Injuries are unfortunately common in professional football. The impact of these injuries on a team’s performance and club finances are estimated in this article published in BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. These are important considerations as they will likely have a significant impact on a club’s desire to pursue injury prevention strategies and to [...]
Is aerobic exercise an effective treatment for players with migraine?

Is aerobic exercise an effective treatment for players with migraine?

Migraine is considered to be one of the most disabling conditions experienced by young adults. There are a variety of treatment options that are available to these patients. Non-pharmacological treatments are one of the most attractive treatment strategies considering the possible adverse effects of many common migraine drugs. The paper included in this FastFact evaluates [...]
Does having a Therapeutic Use Exemption increase your likelihood of winning an Olympic medal?

Does having a Therapeutic Use Exemption increase your likelihood of winning an Olympic medal?

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) allow players with legitimate medical conditions to participate equally in elite sport. There can however be a perception that players who are using exempt medications are potentially cheating, and that TUEs could give an unfair advantage to some players. This FastFact is based on a paper that reviewed eight years of [...]