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Why are women more prone to sports injury?

There may be a gender gap in pay, with men receiving more prize money in 30% of sports, but there is also inequality when it comes to sports injuries. There is no one sole reason why women are more susceptible to sports injury than their male counterparts, as there are a number of factors. We take […]

New study shows obesity and smoking likely to undermine rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joints, resulting in joint pain and swelling. There are estimated to be approximately 20,000 cases of rheumatoid arthritisdiagnosed in the UK every year, affecting 700,000 adults in all. The first few weeks and months after the onset of rheumatoid arthritis is commonly known as the […]

Professor Cathy Speed discusses Rio commitment in Cambridge News

This August Professor Speed will be joining our Olympic athletes in Rio as the chief medical officer for the GB badminton team. She talked to the Cambridge News recently about what her job in Rio will entail. She also explained how her experience of the Olympics, which has now encompassed three Games, has informed her Cambridge practice where she […]

Are you just not built to run?

The latest figures released last week by Sport England show a marked upswing in those taking part in sporting activities, with more women than ever getting involved. Running remains ever popular, with a staggering one million more men and women running regularly compared to just ten years ago. As organisations like Parkrun make running accessible to […]

Inflammation and tendon disorders

Tendons are the bands of fibres that attach muscles to bones, producing the movement of our joints. They are a common injury that can cause great discomfort and lack of mobility for the sufferer and, over the last few decades, doctors have debated whether they are due to ‘degeneration’ or inflammation. For many years, the […]

The Road to Rio: Vika and vaccinations

As our GB athletes learn whether they have qualified for this summer’s Rio Olympics, Professor Cathy Speed, Chief Medical Officer to the GB Badminton team, explains how they will be preparing for the Games in the following weeks and months. The Rio experience Obviously, climate and culture will be vastly different in Brazil to the UK, so some […]

Osteoarthritis sufferers are twice as likely to need time off sick

The impact of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis affecting men and women in the UK, should not be underestimated as a new study published in Rheumatology finds. Researchers at the University of Calgary and Statistics Canada found that osteoarthritis sufferers are almost twice as likely to need time off work and are three times as liable to become […]

If paracetamol won’t help with joint pain, what will?

New research published in The Lancet has suggested that paracetmol, commonly prescribed to help with the discomfort and joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, is largely ineffective, even in large doses which are then accompanied by potential side effects. Osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal condition affecting older people – it’s estimated that one in ten men and one in […]

The history of sports medicine

Sports and exercise medicine, often known as SEM, is the most recently recognised medical specialty in the UK, becoming established as a faculty by the Royal College of Physicians just ten years ago. Yet the history of sports medicine is a lengthy one and SEM’s reach in the general public is extensive, from the very […]