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S01 E01

Exercise During Pregnancy with Cherise Serfontein

On today's Research Quest, expert guide Cherise Serfontein will discuss the evidence-based prescriptions that an exercise specialist can give to prevent incontinence during pregnancy.

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Cherise received her undergraduate degree in BSc Sport Science and subsequently BSc (Hons) in Biokinetics with distinctions. She has also completed additional certifications in Mat Pilates, epigenetic testing, kinesiostrapping, massage therapy, and pre- and post-natal exercise prescription through Fit4Two.

Website: myomerge.co

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S01 E02

How to Strengthen Endurance Athletes with Mark Stevens

We explore how to develop strength from an endurance perspective, as well as considerations to keep in mind when doing end-phase strengthening with an ACL patient who wants to get back to endurance-based events.

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Mark has been a clinician for 12 years and is an ultra-marathon athlete as well as a certified Ironman coach and accredited Science2Sport coach.

S01 E03

How to Automate ACL Prescriptions And Save Time with the Rehabit team

What if you could save an hour a day in admin? What would that time be worth? We chat with Ian, Jedd and Pieter from Rehabit about how to automate ACL prescriptions and save time.

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Website: rehabit.co.za

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Rehabit is a South-African startup, building a web-based platform. Rehabit is made for biokineticists, sport scientists, physiotherapists, and coaches. It’s designed that you can record and collect patient information from anywhere.

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S01 E04

Strength Tips, Tricks And Tactics from Champion Powerlifter Ed Katushabe

We asked a champion powerlifter (who also has his Master's Degree in the subject) to give us some behind-the-scenes and lesser-known strategies that we could immediately implement with our clients and patients to get faster results.

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Edgar Katushabe is a 4-time National Champion and has coached his clients to 4 World Records and 21 National Records, as well as being a respected sport-science scholar.

Instagram: @edkatushabe

S01 E05

Six Mistakes Clinicians Make When Giving Genetic Feedback with Bernice Venter

Expert guide, Bernice Venter, joins us for this Research Quest where we look at the top three client-feedback mistakes that clinicians make when discussing nutrigenomics and performance genetics.

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Bernice Venter is a registered dietician. She is an advocate for proactive medicine, by making use of DNA testing in her practice and has appeared as a health expert in media such as Groot Ontbyt, Pretoria FM, HOT FM and Groot FM.

Website: thrive-wellness.co.za/pages/bernice-venter

Instagram: @bernice_rd

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S02 E01

How and why does the ACL cross-bracing protocol work?

What if we could get 90% of ACL patients better without surgery?

 

​A 2023 study on the ACL cross-bracing protocol suggests it just might be possible.

 

You might need to “brace yourself”, as we go on a Research Quest and figure out how.

 

With the following cross-bracing protocol, 72 out of 80 patients had evidence of ACL healing on a 3-month MRI.

S02 E02

What Does an ACLR Return-To-Running Program Look Like?

How do you know when your athlete is ready to return to running after ACL reconstruction?

 

If they are ready, what would a proven evidence-based running program look like? In June 2022, Pairot de Fontenay and colleagues tested a novel return to running algorithm on 34 athletes.

 

Spoiler: It worked like a charm.

 

We dive into a quick summary of the entire return-to-running program, the algorithm and the test results.

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S02 E03

Can You Diagnose Knee Pain in Just 4 Steps?

We've got a 4-step system for figuring out what is wrong with your aunt's knee.

​And we’re asking - Can you diagnose knee pain in just four steps?

I'm willing to bet this has happened to you.

You're at a family dinner, and somebody hears that you work with injuries.

Immediately, they ask, "Why does it hurt here?"And you’re like, “No, Aunt Sharon, I can't give a medical diagnosis based on a finger point and zero information.”

 

Or can you?

S02 E04

How Can We Get a Faster RTP After Hamstring Strain?

Want to get your patients from Hamstring to Hamstrong?

​Then you'll love this.

 

​Researchers systematically reviewed 75 clinical studies on Hamstring rehab.

 

In this Research Quest, we’re going to explore 8 of the key takeaways that they found for getting your patients to return to play as fast as possible. 

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S02 E05

Is Dry Needling a Miracle or a Scam?

The evidence on dry needling is wildly conflicting.

It has been labelled as everything from a miracle to a scam.

​So, how is it possible that one study can show superior results while another shows zero effect?

We went on a Research Quest to uncover the truth.

Let’s dive in.

S02 E06

How Do You Progress Single-Leg Strength in ACL Rehab?

We know that limb symmetry is a huge deal in ACL rehabilitation. But how do you get your patient there?

You’re not going to reach 95% LSI through hip bridges and elastic bands.

We went on a Research Quest to discover an evidence-based plan to bulletproof our rehab. 

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S02 E07

How Do We Get More ACL Patients Back to Sport?

A 2022 study shows only 17% of ACL patients pass their return-to-play testing nine months post-op.

 

One in every four ACL patients gets re-injured, and more than half never return to sport.

 

We went on a Research Quest to discover what on earth is going on in Anterior Cruciate Ligament rehabilitation.

 

Let's dive into helping physiotherapists and physical therapists conquer clinically.

S02 E08

Are Massage Chairs Better Than Physio for Back Pain?

Is there any research showing that a simple massage chair could replace manual therapists?

Turns out, some researchers in Korea had the same question back in 2020.

 

They decided to compare massage chairs to physio treatment for patients with chronic lower back pain.

 

56 participants were enrolled to receive either physiotherapy or mechanical massage using the massage chair.

 

We took a Research Quest to uncover the truth.

Let’s dive in.

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S02 E09

How Can You Ethically Raise Patient Fees?

Figuring out what to charge patients can be a struggle. How do you put a price point on the value of your rehabilitation? 

 

Is there research that could help us figure out if we’re priced too low or too high?

 

A 2022 paper from Cornell University describes a phenomenon called Heuristic Price Theory.

 

It all boils down to a nifty mental shortcut our brains use. Instead of walking around all day trying to figure out the true worth of everything we see, our subconscious brain uses the mental shortcut that price equals value.

 

We went on a Research Quest to learn more.

 

Let’s dive in.

S02 E10

Could EMS Isometrics Get Patients Better 3X Faster?

Is there an isometric protocol that could get your patients 3 times the results of normal rehab?

 

What would this protocol look like, and is there any scientific evidence behind it?

 

Wright and colleagues might have cracked the code in their 2019 study.

 

We went on a Research Quest to find out.

 

Let’s dive in.

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S02 E11

Is There a Framework You Can Use to Improve Patient Compliance?

A 2009 meta-analysis found that improving this one thing can improve patient compliance and program adherence by 162%.

 

That means better patient outcomes, more follow-up sessions booked, and faster growth for your practice.

 

We went on a Research Quest to uncover a three-part framework of how we can apply this research in our practice.

 

Let’s dive in.

S02 E12

Does Blood Flow Restriction Work For Elderly Patients?

Does blood flow restriction work for elderly patients? A 2019 systematic review examined 11 studies and found a surprising answer.

 

We went on a Research Quest to uncover the truth.

 

Let’s dive in.

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S02 E13

Does Micro-Stretching Give 3X Better Results?

Have you ever heard of micro-stretching? The theory is that most stretching is a complete waste of time.

 

In 2009, Wyon and colleagues conducted a study comparing two stretching protocols over six weeks.

 

We went on a Research Quest to uncover whether this micro form of stretching could get better results.

 

Let’s dive in.

S02 E14

What Are 6 Steps For Protecting Hypermobile Patients From ACL Injuries?

What is the link between hypermobility, ACL injuries and doughnuts? Is there a way to tailor rehab specifically for these patients?

 

Hypermobile patients were 14% more likely to get a second ACL injury. Put another way, this is 1 out of every 7 hypermobile ACL patients. They are also 5 and a half times more likely to get a second ACL injury within 12 months of their first one.

 

We went on a Research Quest to discover a 6-step system for protecting hypermobile patients from ACL injury.

 

Let’s dive in.

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S02 E15

How Can I Prevent Stress Fractures From Running?

How can you prevent patients from getting stress fractures? A 2021 study uses the tactic of training around your bone physiology.

 

A 2021 study by Kardouni and colleagues looked at the bone damage that occurs in new runners over the first 12 weeks after starting a new program.

 

We took a Research Quest to reveal the exact steps of this weekly plan.

 

Let’s dive in.

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