Muscle News Daily April 30 2014, 0 Comments

Systematic review of quadriceps strengthening exercises for patellofemoral pain syndrome: What's the consensus? 

I'm seeing a trend in studies that shows that treatments for certain conditions have no benefits over placebo or simple education. However, its refreshing for a systematic review of quadriceps strengthening exercises to support the use of exercise for patellofemoral pain syndrome.

They found that there was strong evidence on isolated strengthening in improving function and reducing pain. When combined with other interventions, strengthening was effective in reducing pain immediately and at 12 months, but function did not improve. 

Got patellofemoral pain syndrome? Get your butt to your health or fitness professional and began strengthening.

Is sports medicine research quality getting better?

I remember talking to the chief Physiatrist of a large hospital about the state of rehabilitation studies. We both agreed that more quality studies need to occur in rehabilitation, as compared to other fields such as cardiology. 

There's good news at least for the sports medicine field. According to a recent study, there's been an increase in the number of level 1 and level 2 studies published in the sports medicine literature over the last 15 years. 

The largest increase was in diagnostic studies, followed by modest improvements in therapeutic and prognostic studies. 

Which adductor muscle exercise produces the most muscle activation? This study rates 6 common exercises.

Got an athlete with a hip adductor strain? There's quite a few exercises that we tend to put people on. This new cool study actually ranked the six exercises based on activation level. Here are the results, ranking from most activation to least:
  • Side - lying hip adduction
  • Ball squeezes
  • Side Lunges
  • Standing adduction on a Swiss ball
  • Rotational squats
  • Sumo Squats
  • Side lying hip adduction

Can you predict risk of injury by doing a Functional Movement Screen? New study examines professional football players in preseason.

As more professionals use the Functional Movement Screen to assess their patients and clients, the technique will be seeing more research studies to validate its effectiveness.

A new study did just that. They did a movement screen on 238 football players before training camp. The results speak for themselves. They suggest that fundamental movement patterns and pattern asymmetry are identifiable risk factors for time-loss injury during the preseason. 

If you haven't added movement screens yet, its definitely something to start with so you can have one more tool in your toolbox.