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Conference 2013

Football Medicine Strategies for Muscle & Tendon Injuries

The Football Medicine Community is regularly confronted by muscle and tendon injuries to football players. In dealing with these injuries it is essential that all stakeholders are involved in the dialogue; including discussions over their prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Doctors and physiotherapists at sports teams treat numerous muscular injuries per year and face constant pressures when diagnosing, estimating recovery time and mitigating against the risk of re-injury. Constant learning in this field is essential to improve the level of advice given to coaching staff.
Orthopaedic surgeons are presented with a wide range of conditions, ranging from relatively simple cases to the most complex and debated issues in Sports Medicine.
Strength & Conditioning coaches, athletic trainers and other rehabilitation specialists are responsible for guiding the athlete towards optimal performance via gradual and complete functional recovery programmes. Despite this period being one of the latter stages of the injury continuum, it is often susceptible to failure and should therefore be considered appropriately in order to minimise the risk of further injury.
Coaching and technical staff have the responsibility of managinf athletes who compete in up to 70 matches and over 200 training sessions per year. With such a high risk of overload injuries, it is important that they are educated on the intricacies of these injuries including their prevention and proper rehabilitation.

This Conference was designed to promote a multidisciplinary approach where the field specialists could understand each topic from a number of perspectives. Muscle and tendon injuries are often managed in isolation by individual specialists, resulting in insufficient communication between all those involved in the recovery process. Many will agree that the best results are achieved when a team collaborates fully integrating the collective areas of expertise.

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