Because SYSSM is a sports clinic, we often see injuries that are common among athletes, but relatively rare in the general public. Vastus medialis (sometimes called VMO) tears are the perfect example of this.
Vastus medialis is the smallest of the four quadriceps muscle, and sits on the inside of the leg, just above the knee. Most people have little or no muscle tone in VMO, but in sports where quadriceps strength is paramount (soccer, cycling, high jump, etc.) it can be very tight – tight enough to spasm, become inflamed, or even tear under strain.
Body fat percentage (BFP) is something that almost every athlete measures on a regular basis. The thinking is that the lower the BFP, the better the athlete. There is some logic to that thinking, but it's not quite correct.
It is true that a low BFP (<13% in men, <20% in women) means that some activities become easier. Activities like running, cycling, jumping etc. where a low BFP means less loading on the muscles.
However, in water-based sports like swimming, a slightly higher BFP gives you buoyancy, and lets you perform better.
Similarly, in long-distance or endurance sports, a higher BFP means access to a larger store of of energy, so will also allow you to perform better.
Acute neck pain is one of those injuries that you just cannot ignore – I know, I've tried! I see cases of acute neck pain fairly frequently, and a pattern that I have noticed is that nobody really knows what to do when, all of a sudden, they've got an 8/10 pain in their neck and can't move it. This blog will be my definitive guide as to what to do in cases of acute neck pain.
Dr Mitch Clark