Sport Injury Rehabilitation By Experienced Physiotherapists
Sports induced injury includes injury to muscles, joints, tendons, or ligaments. Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, the impact of a sports injury can be physically disabling and emotionally draining. Every patient who has had a sports injury is assessed by our qualified physiotherapist on one-one-one basis. A careful physiotherapist assessment and treatment plan can not only assist in the healing of a current injury but can prevent future injury.
The focus of a physiotherapist in this setting is to get an injured person back to their original healthy form and into sports participation. Like any injury, sports injuries can be acute or chronic, and physiotherapy will help ensure correct healing, strength restoration and stability before re-introducing certain movements or demands to body during sport. You could be a young athlete preparing for a marathon or a weekend warrior preparing for game at friday night; our focus is getting you back to that sport you love in a timely and safe manner.
Did you know that many:
- Runners do not use the correct footwear or have inefficient running patterns; or
- Bikers are not set up correctly on their bikes to peddle efficiently; or
- People who use the gym do not use the equipment correctly.
Majority of sports injuries occur during practise and can be prevented by warming up before partaking in sports related activity.
What Are Some Of The Common Sports Injuries?
Some of the common sports injuries are:
- Sprains and Strains – injuries to joint, ligament and muscle tendon unit
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury - an injury to the knee, common in individuals who play sports which are strenuous on knees, such as running, hockey, soccer, skiing, football and basketball.
- Swollen muscle/ inflammation - caused by accumulation of fluid in tissues. It can occur in a specific part or organ (localized) or throughout the body (generalized).
- Achilles Tendon Injuries- injury to the Achilles tendon, one of the longest tendons in your body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles.
- Rotator Cuff injury- Damage to any or all of the four muscles within the rotator cuff which help move and stabilize the shoulder joint.
- Joint Dislocation – abnormal separation of the joint caused by sudden trauma on the joint such as an impact or fall.
Sport injury rehabilitation involves gradual exercises which get the injured area back to normal. Exercises start by gently moving the injured body part through the range of motions and stretching. Other common therapies that can help with the recovering sports injury include electrostimulation, cold packs, heat packs and massage.
As more and more adults strive for a healthy lifestyle by engaging in sports related activities it is important to recognize that these injuries can be prevented.
How Can You Prevent A Sports Related Injury?
Here are some tips from our physiotherapist which can assist you with preventing a sports related injury.
- Warm up - Never underestimate the importance of a proper warm up. Before you begin exercising, it is important to take a few minutes to warm up your muscles and prepare them for the upcoming training session. During warm up, the cartilage is supplied with synovial fluid which makes muscles more flexible. A proper warm up can form a foundation for better organic and mental performance.
- Rest and Regeneration – Rest and recovery periods are essential for optimal muscle growth and function. If you continue to the train the same body part every day for an extended period of time, you can injure yourself quite easily. Muscles, tendon and ligaments need to rest for optimal regeneration and good health. Extended training sessions without break and recovery are the leading causes for several sports related injuries.
- Massage – Massage therapy can reduce the risk of inflammation. It is particularly effective in targeting your muscle-tendon junctions. Sports massage offers significant health and performance benefits to professional and recreational athletes. You can use foam rolls (self-myofascial release) to massage an affected body part yourself. However, we will recommend booking an appointment with one of our professional massage therapist for optimal results. At Action physiotherapy, our massage therapist harness a wide range of different techniques in order to positively manipulate the circulatory, musculoskeletal, nervous, and respiratory systems.
- Low Volume and Intensity - it is not necessary to train to exhaustion with each workout especially with compound full body workouts. Wherever possible, substitute various training sessions with low volume and intensity workouts.
Our Physiotherapists are some of the best professionals in St. John’s and are trained to look at how a sport is performed and identify things that could lead to injury. Our team of physiotherapists can help you get back or stay in Action!