Exercise Offers Protection against Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability among older people. Previously thought to have been the result of joints wearing out, this chronic degenerative joint disease is the outcome of a combination of different factors. Pain, inflammation, stiffness, muscle weakness, and joint instability are all symptoms of the disease and can impact daily quality of life. As both the population age...Read more

The Greater Incidence of ACL Injuries in Females: Risk Factors and Prevention

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the ligaments inside the knee joint. Connecting the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shinbone), it limits the forward translation of the tibia to prevent it from sliding too far forward, and contributes to the rotational stability of the knee. ACL sprains and tears are one of the most common knee injuries. Notably, females are 2-10 times more likely...Read more

What is the role of physical therapy in sport?

Most active Canadians will at some point in their life experience an injury related to their physical activity or sport. Knowing what to do and how to address these injuries so they don’t get worse is where sport physiotherapy comes into play. While many small injuries can be treated by a family doctor, quite often these and more complex injuries are referred to a physiotherapist. A...Read more

Need to Know Facts about Concussions

A concussion is a common head injury, also known as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) . It is an injury that is caused by the brain being shaken around inside the skull after a direct blow to the head, or a sudden jerking of the head or neck when the body is hit. There is a misconception that you have to be knocked out to sustain a concussion, when in fact any contact to the head or body that...Read more

Water Safety

With summer just around the corner, many families will spend those hot days in pools, ponds and lakes, splashing around, having fun and keeping cool. Most children love to play in and around water, so knowing basic water safety is essential to keep you and your family safe this season. “Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death to children ages 1-4” – Safe Kids Worldwide Basic Water...Read more

Use Your Head ... Safely!

Concussion awareness and prevention has been a rising issue throughout the sports world in recent years. Particular attention is being paid to head injury in youth sports and its lasting effects as children get older. For the game of soccer, this means addressing the necessity of ‘heading’ in youth divisions. Heading in soccer occurs when a player uses their head to alter and control the...Read more

Match Point: Treating and Preventing Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a very common sport related injury. Despite its name the injury can occur in a number of different sports. While usually a fairly minor injury, the resulting pain, discomfort, and potential weakness can prevent a person from participating in their activity of choice. Thankfully if the individual is knowledgeable, tennis elbow can be easily treated and potentially prevented. Before...Read more

Point de match : traiter et prévenir l'épicondylite latérale

L' épicondylite latérale * est une blessure fréquente attribuable au sport. Même si on l'appelle aussi coude du joueur de tennis, elle peut survenir dans plusieurs sports. Bien que la blessure soit habituellement assez mineure, elle entraîne de la douleur, une indisposition ou une faiblesse potentielle qui peut empêcher une personne de participer à une activité donnée. Heureusement, si l'athlète...Read more

It's all fun and games...

We all know that playing sports is fun and good for your health. What is not commonly known is that there are a growing number of athletes that suffer from preventable eye injuries every year. Eye injuries occur more frequently in the summer months, when people are likely to be outside playing recreational sports — often without protective equipment. Types of eye injuries: Blunt - or impact...Read more

SIRC at the CASEM Conference!

The SIRC virtual resource centre is on the road this week in Kelowna, BC attending the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine ( CASEM ) conference. It is great talking to the sports medicine community and helping them out with their questions in the area of sport medicine and preventive health interventions. Some of the topics being discussed include: Exercise as a modality for chronic...Read more