This case study presents the insights gained from the presentation and treatment of a longitudinal sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the knee in a professional footballer. MCL sprains are usually transverse and longitudinal sprains present with subtle differences. This article describes the differences in the common signs and symptoms and clinical testing to allow readers to make a differential diagnosis in their own practice.
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Ashley Jones BSc, MSST is a practising sports therapist having graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2008. During this time his experience has mainly been in professional football where he was head of academy medical services for a football league club for 5 years. Having recently made the transition into full time lecturing, Ashley currently delivers on the BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy course at Leeds Beckett University.
Ashley also delivers Emergency Aid courses for the Football Association and works within a Sports Injury Clinic, when he has the time!
Ashley is currently studying towards an MSc in Football Rehabilitation, with research interests being injury-based audits and treatment protocols adopted within professional football.
Richard is a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). He graduated from the BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation course at the University of Salford in 2006, achieving his PGCE from the University of Northampton in 2009 and his MSc in Sports Injuries from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011.
He is currently Lecturer in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Bedfordshire, as well as being a member of the Executive Committee of his governing body, BASRaT, in the role of Accreditation Officer. Richard has also worked practically across a variety of sports ranging from youth to professional levels.
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