Jill Cook is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre.
The way science approaches injuries
“We’re moving away from a patho-anatomical perspective: a medically-dependant model where someone else is going to find your problem and fix it. That model’s failing us.
“What we find across many injuries – not all of them, of course; you break a bone, you do need to rest – but for many soft-tissue injuries it’s about function and the loads you put on it.
“Our whole approach now is to assess function, and work to restore your function. And we tend to find that better function means less pain.”.
“For tendons, it’s very much about weights and using heavy, low-resistance training. Once it’s a bit stronger, we add faster movements. That’s more load, and we gradually increase that.
“It takes time. You can’t strengthen muscles and restore function in a week. You have to commit a substantial amount of time to changing the ability of the tissues to be able to tolerate the loads that you want.”