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In case you are looking for an additional resource to add to your research toolbox, you may want to check out the Journal of Sport Science and Medicine.

This journal gives you free access to full text articles in relation to sports, science, injuries and more.

Any opportunity that gets you closer to research and perfecting your craft is a worthwhile investment – this resource simply requires your time to delve into the research.



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Staying on top of all of the research that is out there is important. It shapes why we do what we do with those in our care. It reaffirms some of the things that we are doing right and rightfully calls into question some of those things that may need to be questioned.

The trick is to be able to access and efficiently navigate through the research that particularly applies to our profession and the settings we work in.

Last week in a post, I mentioned a free site that allows access to various studies. Today, I’ll bring the Physiospot.com site to mind.

Here is a brief overview of the site:

“Physiospot is a resource where physiotherapists (and other health care professionals) can easily keep up to date with current affairs related to the physiotherapy profession. It presents featured articles, new research, recent news, courses and jobs in one easily accessible place. Not only does this resource provide a wealth of current and archived information for health care professionals, it also provides a great place for self directed continuing education and professional development.”

This site provides summaries of some of the latest research and links to the accompanying abstracts. This site is a great place to visit if you have some spare time to review some of the latest research. Take a look – Rachel Lowe and the team do a very nice job with the site.

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Why do you do what you do when treating a patient? study-pic


Okay, let me ask it this way: What is the rationale that you are using when implementing a treatment strategy?

In other words, are you letting experience and research and sound data/information determine your treatment approach or do you rely on what you have always done because that’s the way it has always been done?

Let me give you an example: In the articlCurrent Concepts in the Scientific and Clinical Rationale Behind Exercises for Glenohumeral and Scapulothoracic Musculature, Reinold, et al. discuss a variety of data that point to the efficacy for the use of exercise to target specific muscles in the shoulder complex.

One of the exercises they examine is the empty-can exercise to strengthen the supraspinatus. Their research validates that the exercise of choice for strengthening the supraspinatus is actually the full-can exercise and not the empty-can exercise. Can you you use the empty-can exercise to strengthen the supraspinatus?  Sure. But when you produce the same amount of EMG activity with the full-can exercise as the empty-can and provide an environment that results in less potential humeral head migration and less anterior and medial deltoid activation, why would you continue to use the empty-can exercise (unless there was an absolute specific result you were trying to create)?

Because that’s what we learned in college…that’s is what someone once taught us…I’ve used that exercise for patients for my whole career…that’s the way I’ve always done it…and you can add your rationale here.

I am of the opinion that just because that is the way something has always been done, it doesn’t mean it is right.

And that is one small example.

Another example is regarding phonophoresis. There was a study in the Journal of Athletic Training a few years back that reported that there was no increase in the level of cortisol in the skeletal tissue following phonophoresis treatment (I’ll try and review this in a later blog post). So…if my goal is to treat deep muscular tissue with phonophoresis in the hopes of driving this medication into the tissue, I quite possibly am laboring in vain since the research is contrary to the goal.

There are countless other examples.

Question yourself and your methods. Frequently review why it is that you do what you do.

It is okay to change course and go a direction that is better – this is patient care, not politics.  Flip-flopping is okay if it ultimately leads to better care for your patients.

So…keep learning and calling into question things you have always done. Review and research again and again. You’ll be a better clinician for it.

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learning-pic1I wanted to make you aware of a free e-mail newsletter that was first published in October and I have found of interest to me as an Athletic Trainer.  The newsletter is published by a company called Visual Health Information (VHI) and the newsletter is entitled the Evidence Based Newsletter.

This monthly newsletter addresses a new topic each month and addresses the topic from a research-based perspective. Here is a description from the company as to the purpose of the newsletter:  “Each month we will examine a different clinical question and present a review of the current literature as it relates to the use of specific exercises for that condition.”

I have found the newsletters to be interesting, thought-provoking, and valuable.  Again, the newsletter is free and if you are interested, here is the link to subscribe.

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