In episode 276 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares conversations with Tania Pizzari (PhD) & Brady Green, La Trobe Sport & Exercise Medicine Research Centre in this Expert Edition.
Dr Tania Pizzari and Brady Green both hail from Latrobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre.
Tania Pizzari PhD is prolific in the sports injury research space regularly presenting at international and national sports medicine conferences, lecturing at Latrobe University and having contributed to in excess of 130 research publications while also fulfilling a clinical role at Milpark physio therapy in Melbourne Victoria.
Brady Green has submitted his PhD which focuses on calf muscle strain injuries, Brady works with the Essendon AFL Football Club. In 2017, Brady and Tania co-authored a paper "calf muscle strain injuries in sport: a systematic review of risk factors for injury". This systematic review looked at 518 strains and we'll discuss some of the findings from this review.
Tania and Brady share around the what, where, when, why and how of calf muscle strain injuries, share tips around how to get on top of the problem recurring calf strain scenario, discuss contemporary evidence based best practises when it comes to the rehabilitation of calf strains, debunk common myths around what is effective for calf strain rehabilitation and of course issue a great physical challenge for the week.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- What are Calf Strains
- What is Aponeurosis and what does it look like?
- Generation of Force from Calf Muscles
- Function differences between soleus & gastroc
- Endurance Rehabiliation
- Risk Factors
- Mechanism of Injury
- Return to Play and selective exercise prescriptions
- Is there any scientific correlation to calf strain?
- Top Tips
- Physical Challenge
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“In AFL data over 60% of reinjuries occured as a result of a running related mechanism”
“it doesn't necessarily slow up the rehabilitation process if you save your run to a little bit later”
“Know your patient well and start with the end goal in mind” – Top Tip Brady
“Don’t neglect your calfs” – Top Tip Tania
“Be able to do a single leg calf raise 25x each side” - Physical Challenge
Publication: Calf muscle strain injuries in sport: a systematic review of risk factors for injury
Research Gate Profile - Tania Pizzari
Research Gate Profile - Brady Green
04:24 Welcome Tania & Brady
05:16 What are Calf Strains
12:39 What is Aponeurosis and what does it look like?
14:57 Generation of Force from Calf Muscles
19:04 Function differences between soleus & gastroc
20:51 Endurance Rehabiliation
25:55 Risk Factors
31:00 Mechanism of Injury
39:02 Return to Play and selective exercise prescriptions
56:13 Is there any scientific correlation to calf strain?
58:30 Top Tips
1:00:30 Physical Challenge
Dr Rich Willy
- Running Researcher & Physical Therapist, Episode 74 of The Physical Performance Show
- Consultant Sports Physiotherapist, Adjunct Professor at La trobe University, University of Canberra
- Director Artistic Health & Principal Physiotherapist, The Australian Ballet
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