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Muscle injuries continue to form a large part of what physiotherapists see in clinical practice on a daily basis. It is important for the clinician to be aware of the latest research on this injury type, understand what progress has been made in the field, and be up to date with the latest clinical trends in the treatment of these injuries.

Optimal loading is a key concept in how we understand modern rehabilitation and provide successful outcomes for our patients. Understanding the mechanism and the applied science of this approach is vital in creating optimal rehabilitation programmes.

Furthermore, the role of the physiotherapist in the prevention of muscle injuries and keeping athletes healthy is an important consideration in the ever changing face of clinical medicine.

The objective of this Masterclass is to provide clinicians with the necessary knowledge to understand and interpret research on muscle injuries, and integrate the research in daily practice to provide evidence based treatment.


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Dr. van Dyk has lectured extensively around the world on muscle injuries. He is currently the injury surveillance and medical research officer at the Irish Rugby Football Union in Dublin, Ireland, after seven years as a clinician/researcher at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar. He forms part of the Research Advisory Group for Cirque du Soleil, and is a deputy editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) since 2014, and actively contributes to the journal’s review and publication process.

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An introduction to muscle injuries

Runtime: 22:30
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An overview of muscle injuries, including mechanism of injury, different types and classification of muscle injuries, basic physiology, and the latest basic science evidence underlying the healing process. This first module acts as a review of basic knowledge, while laying the foundation for the discussion around optimal loading.

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Optimal loading – what is it?

Runtime: 23:23
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Optimal loading is a key component in rehabilitation of all injuries, including muscle injuries. Importantly, we need to understand the basic concepts of mechanotransduction to load tissues effectively. We will discuss some of the principles of loading, relevant to the application of these principles in the clinic.

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Assessment of muscle injuries

Runtime: 28:17
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How can we use our examination and daily assessments to guide the application of load? Using hamstring muscles as an example, we discuss the value of basic outcome measures to address the application of load to the healing tissue, and restore function.

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Rehabilitation of muscle injuries

Runtime: 32:09
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Rehabilitation is training in the presence of injury. In this simple statement by Phil Glasgow lies the key to rehabilitation of muscle injuries. This module covers the basics of rehab, and reviews the latest proposal for criteria based rehabilitation.

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Return to play decision making

Runtime: 28:21
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The question at the start of every injury – when can I play again? We delve into the difficulties surrounding the return to play decision, and discuss key principles that will allow you to provide athletes with a better overall process to determine when they are ready to return to sport.

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Prevention of muscle injuries

Runtime: 46:12
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Is injury prevention really possible? How do we view the concept of prevention from a sports and exercise medicine perspective? How do interpret risk of injury? We discuss all this and more in this bumper final module.

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