Returning to football following an ACL reconstruction may be good for a player’s long-term knee health

Returning to football following an ACL reconstruction may be good for a player’s long-term knee health

It is well known that injuring the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is associated with increased rates of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA). It is often felt that the act of returning to sport may make this more likely. This recent article from the BJSM suggests that returning to ‘pivoting sport’ may actually be desirable1. This study involved [...]
Can I have some pain relief doc? Is the use of pain medication sensible in football medicine?

Can I have some pain relief doc? Is the use of pain medication sensible in football medicine?

There is limited data relating to the efficacy and safety of pain relief in elite athletes. There is however widespread use of analgesics in this group, highlighting a need to exercise caution when prescribing these medications. This literature review looked to identify the usage frequency and effect of pain medications by elite athletes, with the [...]
Outcomes from hip arthroscopy may not be as good as previously reported (or as good as players expect)

Outcomes from hip arthroscopy may not be as good as previously reported (or as good as players expect)

It is important to set realistic expectations for players who are considering a hip arthroscopy. One year after surgery for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and/or a labral injury a player’s ability to participate in sport and physical activity may be improved, but they are unlikely to have returned to ‘normal’. This FastFact reviews two papers from [...]
The functional movement test ‘9+’ does not predict football injuries

The functional movement test ‘9+’ does not predict football injuries

Lower limb injuries are common in professional football and can cause time loss, impaired performance and a significant financial cost to a professional team. Screening tools, like the functional movement screen (FMS) are popular, however there is little evidence that those tools are valid and applicable. The functional movement 9+ test consists of 11 exercise [...]
Hip adductor strengthening prevents groin problems in semi-professional male players

Hip adductor strengthening prevents groin problems in semi-professional male players

Groin pain is a very common problem among football players. This randomised study has shown that a simple exercise, done once a week, significantly reduces the incidence of groin problems in semi-professional male football players.1. This cluster randomised study looked at the effect of a single strengthening exercise on the incidence of groin pain in [...]
Hip arthroscopy for the treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome may give the best functional outcome

Hip arthroscopy for the treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome may give the best functional outcome

This multicentre, randomised controlled trial (RCT) published in the Lancet has found that hip arthroscopy provided a better level of function at 12 month follow-up when compared to a tailored rehabilitation programme.1 Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) is a potential cause of hip pain in young adults and is increasingly being diagnosed in football players. Impingement [...]
An individualised approach is needed when considering vitamin D supplementation

An individualised approach is needed when considering vitamin D supplementation

This review of vitamin D supplementation in athletes highlights the lack of good evidence for the widespread use of vitamin D in football players and provides guidelines for an individualised approach to supplementation.1 Vitamin D supplementation has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with reported benefits to athletes including improvements in bone and [...]