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Biotensegrity - Relevance to injury, treatment and training

What is a Holistic view?
There are multiple areas of medicine which have attempted to simplify how the human body works by dividing the body into individual parts or systems, a "reductionist" approach. However, research over the years has continued to show that the human body is far more complicated than just the individual parts. Historically, anatomy and physiology teaching has taken a reductionist view and in many respects still does to this day. The “father” of Medicine Hippocrate’s always advocated a “Holistic” approach, which looks at the person as a whole. The “whole” or overall health consists of multiple-interrelated areas such as Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, Environmental and Spiritual aspects. A key element of “holism” is that “the sum of all the parts equals more than the individual parts”. For example, a car engine or entire car is far more than just the individual mechanical parts that form it.
The importance of a Holistic view Relatively recent researc…

Tissue Adaption in a Musculoskeletal context and its relevance for injury prevention, rehabilitation and training

Why are adaptions relevant? Although many people may not realise it, the human body is continually adapting to the environment, as do animals hence the image of the chameleon in the article title. There are a vast number of environment variables influencing how the human body adapts including; climate, exposure to contaminants, exposure to diseases, air, food, water, gravity, shelter, threats (natural disasters, other animals, other humans), habitual behaviours, work and more. Adaptions have enabled humans to survive and thrive in vastly different environments around the world, from extremes of heat and cold to altitude. These very adaptions have resulted in the vast diversity we see in humans today and the differences in appearance.

Our very survival has depended on adaptive processes. Humans have always been highly adaptable often because the human species very existence has depended on it for survival. Adaption does not necessarily mean survival of the fittest either, as being fit…