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Common Shoulder Injuries In Rugby

ACJ injury:

ACJ – Short for acromioclavicular joint, is the small joint at the front of the shoulder where the collar bone meets the acromion (a bony point of the shoulder blade). It has an important role in maintaining normal shoulder function and movement. Damage to the joint is most often associated with the ligaments that are responsible for maintaining the joint’s stability.

How?

The most common mechanism of injury is through direct impact to the shoulder, ...

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Exercise as Gold Standard for Osteoarthritis

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteo (bone) Arth (Joint) Itis (Inflammation).

In short it stands for, bone & joint inflammation. The process begins with wear of the intra-articular cartilage inside the joint (knee, hip shoulder etc). Then an inflammatory process begins around the area where cartilage has worn away. This can cause pain and signs of inflammation – heat, redness or swelling. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis amongst people in the UK. Symptoms include morning joint ...

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)

What is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome and who gets it?

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), commonly known as shin splints is comprised of pain in the lower part of the leg along the edge of the bone (Tibia) between the knee and the ankle. More specifically, pain is felt in the middle to lower third of the tibia and will be isolated to the inside of the shin bone.

Most often, shin splints will affect runners accounting for ...

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Weightlifter’s Shoulder

Do you have pain in the front of the shoulder? Regularly lifting weights? Do you have a very physical job?

A condition you should be aware of is Weightlifter’s Shoulder.

What is it?

Weightlifter’s shoulder, also known as distal clavicular osteolysis, refers to the wearing of bone at a rate faster than it can be repaired occurring where the collar bone meets the top of the shoulder blade. Consistent stress through repetitive lifting creates this degradation and or compression ...

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Frozen Shoulder

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, refers to pain and limited movement of the shoulder joint. It most commonly occurs between the ages of 40-60 and is more prevalent in women than men. Frozen shoulder can start spontaneously when the tissue around the shoulder joint becomes inflamed, which then causes the tissue to shrink causing pain. It may also occur post-surgery and is more prevalent in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

It is ...

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Growth Related Injuries

There are a wide range of growth-related injuries that can occur in children and teenagers. These injuries commonly develop in those who live highly active lifestyles. Participating in school physical education, after school clubs and individual sports clubs daily.

These injuries occur during growth spurts where the bone grows, and the muscles/tendons become tight and start to pull on the bone causing pain and dysfunction.

Symptoms are usually tightness to the surrounding muscles, pain to the bone, occasional ...

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Hill Training

What goes up…

As the saying goes, must come down. In other words, at the top of every hill you will find an effortless stretch of running, or will you?

The lay man will tell you that running down a hill is easier and less work than running up the same hill but I will tell you otherwise. Without getting too scientific and physiological, downhill running is far more work than any hill you will run up despite ...

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Running Posture

Finding your form

What does form really tell us and how can it help us get to where we going faster and more efficiently?

When assessing an athlete’s running style, we typically look at toe-knee-hip-hand-shoulder alignment. Do not underestimate the power of the mind though as head position will determine where and what the rest of the body will be doing during a run.

Head carriage should be neutral. The ...

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Mind and Body

Holistic Wellness

Whether you are a veteran athlete or a newbie on the block, you will have heard your fair share of opinions on the role of massage, ice baths and other recovery tricks of the trade. But how far do you go to optimise your recovery and is there any value to working as hard at rest as you do in performance.

Physiologically, all methods are thought to assist muscle repair and the promotion of nutrient delivery ...

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