ACL Injuries on the Rise

According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the number of young Aussies going under the knife for knee reconstruction has risen by more than 70 per cent in the last 15 years.

These knee constructions can occur when the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is damaged. Sports that place young sportsmen and women most at risk of damaging their ACL include AFL, rugby and netball. Associate Professor Christopher Vertullo, director of Knee Research Australia, contributes the raise in surgery to younger athletes, longer sporting seasons, more intense training, high level of competition and a lack of free play.

Comparison between a ‘normal’ ACL and a torn ACL.

 

But don’t be concerned. Stopping all sport isn’t the answer. Although common, ACL injuries are mostly preventable. Regular exercise and ability programs, which develop healthy movement patterns and strengthen muscles around commonly injured points, can reduce ACL injuries from 80 per cent to 50 per cent.

For more information on how to keep your ACL healthy, have a chat with your local GP or visit https://orthoinfo.aaos.org.

A Labour of Love: Rich Cakes at the Sydney Royal

On Saturday Leah spoke to Chira Fernando on the rich fruit cake he entered into this year’s Arts and Crafts competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Chira recounted the weeks he spent chopping up currants, cherries, raisins and almonds into exact sizes and then mixing them with the rest of the ingredients to create a magical, delicious fruit cake!

Have a listen to their chat, and check out the pictures of his cake below!

 

Some of the entrants in the Rich Fruit Cake category of the Arts and Crafts competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Some of the entrants in the Rich Fruit Cake category of the Arts and Crafts competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

 

A friend of mine (Chira Fernando) entered a cake into the Arts and Crafts competition this year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Chira Fernando’s cake in the Arts and Crafts competition.

Attention Thrillseekers: The Best Rides at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

Do you love spinning around until everything becomes blurry? Flying through the air at high speed? Then the Coca-Cola Carnival at the Sydney Royal Easter Show is the place for you!

Located near the carnival entry on Australia Avenue, the Coca-Cola Carnival combines wild new rides alongside the classics. Being close to the train station, this is probably something that should be explored well before lunch time!

There are over 20 rides in the Carnival but here are some that are guaranteed to satisfy your need for speed.

  • Space Roller – forget about gravity and prepare to be spun in all directions
  • Crazy Spinning Coaster – the only central pivot rotation mobile roller coaster in the country
  • Skymaster Wheel – take in the view of the Sydney Royal Easter Show from the top of the wheel
  • Dodgem Cars – the classic bumper cars
  • Mega Drop – free-fall forty five metres in 1.8 seconds
  • Nitro Coaster – three hundred and fifty metres of roller coaster track
  • Haunted Hotel – test your fear factor in the scariest hotel in Australia
  • 9D Cinema – become part of the movie and experience rain, snow, lightning and wind
  • Spook – a two-story haunted castle with special effects, trained actors and animatronics

To find out more, head to EasterShow.com.au/explore-plan/carnival/coca-cola-carnival !

Image: VOIS Magazine

Cake Decorating: The Ins and Outs of Icing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is fast approaching…in fact it’s only 3 weeks away! While most of us have been buying our tickets and figuring out which showbag contains the most goodies, a group of brilliant Australians have been slaving away in their kitchens. They are none other than the best and aspiring cake decorators, intent on winning a coveted Royal Agricultural Society blue ribbon. And although these cakes have already been judged by the professionals, there’s no harm in stopping by and having a look for yourself.

You can find the Cake Decorating Display in the Arts and Crafts Pavillion at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Image: Daily Telegraph
Image: Daily Telegraph
Image: Daily Telegraph