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August 11, 2019

If you haven't already figured out by now, I like to blog about reducing injury risk in young athletes. You've probably also heard me bang on occasionally about how we should start calling Injury Prevention Programs, Performance Enhancing Programs, right?...

January 17, 2019

Wondering how your knee will function in the long term following isolated PCL injury? 

According to this excellent 10yr minimum follow-up study by Shelbourne et al (2018), chances are that you'll be functioning very well, and have minimal OA changes within the knee with...

December 18, 2018

Do knee extensions strain the ACL? Yes. Do squats and lunges strain the ACL? Yes. Does walking on flat ground, climbing stairs and cycling strain the ACL? Yes.

There's a common misconception that knee extensions are the only activity that stretches and strains the ACL...

December 16, 2018

Getting the knee actively into extension is an important goal in the first few days/weeks following ACL reconstruction.

Here is a very simple exercise option, and can be grouped together quite nicely with "prone knee hangs" (which encourages the knee into passive knee...

December 13, 2018

Did you know that "Indirect Contact" ACL injuries accounts for up to 68% of all "Non-Contact" ACL injuries in NFL, 50% in netball and 20% in soccer (Johnston et al 2018, Stuelcken et al 2016 & Walden et al 2015)?  

Although as many as 50% of all ACL injury types are pre...

December 12, 2018

When added to injury prevention programs, the traditional Nordic hamstring exercise has been shown to decrease hamstring strains by 50% - when compared against injury prevention programs that didn't include them (Al Attar et al, 2017). 


Anecdotally, however I find that...

December 10, 2018

Achilles tendon rupture - fun facts:

Males are 3.5x more likely than females to rupture their achilles, with 20-39yrs being the peak age of incidence 20-39yrs for males. In recent years, there has been an increasing trend seen in 40-59yr males and females. 

In this same...

December 9, 2018

Patella dislocation is a relatively common injury in young male and female athletes playing change of direction sports. 

As you can in this video, the patella can go back in easy, but unfortunately 1/3 of patients will experience recurrences despite rehabilitation (Moiz...

November 25, 2018

What are the best exercises for ACLR rehab?

This is a question I get asked every week. My response is always the same, "It depends"


Exercises change as rehab progresses and every ACLR patient needs an individualised exercise plan to get them back to the activities that...

November 21, 2018

Looking for a good way to "warm up" your knee prior to a run/training session/leg day in the gym? Give this little 10min circuit a whirl rather sitting on the exercise bike for 10mins.

FYI: This would be suitable for most types of knee pain including ACLR patients from...