Elite female players have a good understanding of injury prevention strategies but may lack medical support

Elite female players have a good understanding of injury prevention strategies but may lack medical support

This FastFact highlights data collected at the FIFA Women’s World Cup held in France in 2019. The study features work from clinicians at two FMCE’s as well as staff from the FIFA Medical Office. The study’s primary aims were to evaluate the knowledge, beliefs and practices of elite female footballers towards injury prevention.1 The study [...]
What impact does an Achilles tendon rupture have on a professional player’s career?

What impact does an Achilles tendon rupture have on a professional player’s career?

This edition of the FastFact highlights a systematic review evaluating the impact of Achilles tendon (AT) ruptures on professional athletes1 The study aims to determine the rate of return to play (RTP), evaluate the impact of the injury on performance and to evaluate career outcomes following this type of injury. The authors of this systematic [...]
Menstrual cycle symptoms have an impact on ability to train and compete

Menstrual cycle symptoms have an impact on ability to train and compete

Surprisingly here is very little data relating to the impact of the menstrual cycle on exercise performance. This week’s FastFact profiles a study, published in the BJSM, that has investigated both the types of symptoms experiences by exercising woman and the impact they have on their sporting participation.1 This survey based study involved a total [...]
What investigations should we consider including in a post-COVID-19 pre-competition medical assessment?

What investigations should we consider including in a post-COVID-19 pre-competition medical assessment?

Reflecting infection rates among the general public, an increasing number of elite and professional players are being found to have contracted COVID-19. Given that various cardiorespiratory complications have been reported following infection, it is suggested that a comprehensive cardiovascular and respiratory assessment should be carried out prior to return to play. What this assessment should [...]
A new tool to identify players who are at risk of mental health disorders

A new tool to identify players who are at risk of mental health disorders

There is an increasing awareness that mental health conditions can impact anyone, including elite football players. This week’s FastFact highlights a paper from the International Olympic Committee that introduces a tool that can be used to help identify elite players who may be at risk of mental health symptoms or disorders.1 The International Olympic Committee [...]
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 [...]