Quadriceps Dysfunction in Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome

Knee PainThere exists a lack of consensus determining the etiology of Quadriceps Dysfunction in Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). It is suggested that multifactorial causes for PFPS exist. For example: Quadriceps muscle mass can be reduced due to Vastus medialis atrophy causing Quadriceps strength deficiency or altered Quadriceps recruitment patterns. Abnormal activation patterns due to deficient neuromuscular imbalance causing Vastus lateralis to contract earlier than Vastus Medialis Oblique resulting in a lateral directed force on the patella and abnormal patella tracking has also been suggested. Thus abnormal activation patterns due to a deficient neuromuscular pattern has been considered. Continue reading

Spine Injuries in Sport

Author: Suegnet Meyer

Introduction

This literature review looks at Cervical Injuries that occur during participation in sport. It looks at injuries that happen in sport with frequent impact, e.g. Rugby and American Football, and also injuries due to continuous strain induced by high G-forces, e.g. Motorsport and Bob-Skeleton.

Aims

The aims of this literature review are to establish: 1) Which muscles stabilise the neck? 2) Which Cervical Strengthening (CS) exercises are most effective? 3) Whether cervical strengthening is effective for rehabilitation and injury prevention? Continue reading

Biomechanical Analysis and Measurement of Vertical Jump as a Performance Indicator in Basketball

Author: Suegnet Meyer

Introduction

Vertical jump (VJ) determines explosive lower limb power (Linthorne, 2001). This discussion highlights the VJ kinetic and kinematic pattern and the biomechanical factors maximising vertical jump height (VJH). Furthermore, VJ measurements are analysed and VJ as a basketball performance measure is assessed.

1. Kinetic & Kinematic analysis

Various VJ techniques take place in a sagittal plane. The squat jump (SJ) starts from a stationary semi-squat position excluding the pre-stretching phase. The countermovement jump (CMJ) phases: Continue reading

London 3×3 Basketball Tournament in Aid of UNICEF

The winning team - Broken Ankles, receiving their medals and a trophy
The winning team – Broken Ankles, receiving their trophy
11/01/2012: LDN Basketball, a London-based basketball club, organised a 3×3 basketball tournament on Saturday 7 January. 3×3 Basketball is a new discipline being promoted by the International Basketball Federation – FIBA. The tournament’s aim wasn’t just to showcase the 3×3 Basketball format in a fun environment, but also to raise funds and lend support to UNICEF’s mission – helping underprivileged children around the world. Continue reading