An Interview with Saina Nehwal - Flag-Bearer of India’s Badminton Revolution

“ May this new year courage to triumph over vices and embrace the virtues.”

The year 2016 has begun and I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. May you fulfill your dreams and continue to serve the society with your knowledge and skills. The year 2016 has started on a very encouraging note for us as we have the honour and privilege of having interviewed India’s pride in badminton, Saina Nehwal. Saina’s interview deals primarily with her life as a badminton player, the importance of physiotherapy in her illustrious career and what goes in the making of a champion of her stature. There are some lesser known facts about Saina as well that features at the end.

This issue contains a special article by Saina Nehwal’s physio, Siddarth Sakalle on the role of physiotherapy in badminton especially from the training and injury management perspective. The award winning celebrity sports nutritionist, Ryan Fernando shares his expert advice on the use of supplements by sports persons. There are varied topics of clinical interest to the readers that include physiotherapy management of osteoporosis, clinical implications of a pilot study on the role of dry needling in osteoarthritis, the role of yoga in diabetes & cognitive rehabilitation therapy in mild cognitive impairment. The issue also features the experiences of a student while doing her MS in physical therapy at USA. Additionally, shock wave therapy, a new treatment approach has also been discussed. We thank all the authors for their contribution and having shared their expertise with our readers. To sum up, I would say that in 2016, let us do all it takes to grow positivity, inspire productivity, push audacity and radiate humanity. Have a super productive, extremely fulfilling and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016.

COVER FEATURE: Interview with the flag bearer of India

Saina Nehwal the first Indian woman to achieve world no.1 ranking in badminton is a name synonymous with the sport of badminton in India. She is the first and only Indian Badminton Player to win Olympic medal, first to win common wealth Gold in Women’s Singles, first to win the world junior and commonwealth youth titles, and was also the first Indian to win the Indian super series title. She holds 21 Incredible Individual titles in her Marvelous career and is also the highest earning no... Read More

GUEST EDITORIAL: Physiotherapy in Badminton-Training and injury Management - DR. SIDDHARTH SAKALLE

Badminton is one of the most played sports in India. It is an extremely demanding sport. Players are often required to perform at their limits of speed, agility, flexibility, endurance and strength. It could also said, it is a combination of anaerobic and aerobic fitness. Badminton demands complex movements pattern which is unique compared with any other sport. This complexity and very high demands need excellent fitness; this may also lead injuries as well. Physiotherapy plays important role... Read More

EXPERT OPINION: Supplements-The why, The yes and The no - RYAN FERNANDO

WHAT a Dietician/Nutritionist should know about supplements and WHY they need to Own the thought and influencer space on Products?

As India’s leading Sports Nutritionist, I cannot help but wonder why we do not produce enough athletes at an Olympic Level. Is it our DHAL CHAWAL ROTI is not enough? Or are our training methods ancient. Or do we just not have the Genetic advantage of our competitors!

DON’T blindly trust Supplement Facts / Claims / Literature.

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Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to make proper use of glucose resulting in hyperglycemia and glycosuria. Research in India has recognized it as a psychosomatic disorder with causative factors being sedentary habits, physical, emotional and mental stress.

There are three main types of diabetes.1) Type 1 Diabetes2) Type 2 Diabetes 3) Gestational Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacksthe insulin producing beta ... Read More

REVIEW ARTICLE: Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)-A neglected trait of society - DR. MANISHA UTTAM

The term cognition describes the human brain’s ability to learn, think and process information. The hippocampus contains the neural circuitry crucial for cognitive functions such as learning and memory. Cognitive functions must be intact to accomplish daily living activities. Impairment of cognitive functions results in difficulty in coping with both complex and everyday activities, which may sometimes lead to increased sensitivity to stress. Several disorders which show cognitive impai... Read More

FEATURE ARTICLE: Is osteoarthritis really an irreversible condition? - DIANA PINTO

Osteoarthritis (OA) is also an irreversible, progressive disorder although the pattern of progression varies symptomatically amongst individuals. Pain is the most vital symptom and diagnostic factor of Osteoarthritis. Other symptoms include joint stiffness, swelling at joints, crackling/ grinding noise during joint movement and decreased function at the joint.

Because OA is an incurable pathology, therapeutic objectives usually focus on maximizing the patient′s function and qu... Read More

STUDENT CORNER: MS in Physical Therapy- A student's account of her experiences in USA - DR.POONAM BOTADRA

I was browsing through much Physiotherapy related blogs, but found myself connecting to our Magazine instantly as it is short, simple and providing adequate information to begin with!  Most of us would agree it’s difficult to read elaborate ones and incorporate them in our System!

A sincere thank you to PHYSIOTIMES for providing me an immediate opportunity to share my experiences to write MY VERY FIRST BLOG about my course of Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the M... Read More

CURRENT TRENDS: Shockwave Therapy-A new treatment approach in physiotherapy - ERA, RAKESH KUMAR

Musculoskeletal disorders originating from muscles and tendons affect majority of general population. They impair mobility, cause pain and reduce overall well being. Efforts are made constantly to treat these disorders, but often they show limited success due to wide range of competing technology options available and lack of time from the patient’s part. Shock wave application represents a new therapy approach.  Clinical experience has shown that a wide range of functional disorde... Read More




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