Sports Physiotherapy is a specialised branch of physiotherapy that involves prevention, evaluation and management of injuries resulting from sports and exercise participation at all ages and levels of ability. Sports physiotherapists offer therapeutic treatment and advice on safe participation in sports and in promoting an active lifestyle to help all individuals improve and maintain their quality of life. The therapists play major roles in helping the individual involved in sport and recreational activity to enhance their performance, recover from injuries, and provide education and resources to prevent problems.
Types Of Sports Injuries Seen The Practice
Sports injuries can be simply classified as traumatic or overuse injuries, contact sports such as rugby, soccer, karate, have a high incidence of Traumatic injuries, such as:
- Ankle sprains
- Knee joint injury
- Joint dislocations
- Muscle strains
Overuse injuries occur more commonly however not exclusively in sports like running, tennis, golf, swimming… and include injuries such as:
- Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow and other tendinopathies
- Back and neck pain
- Runners knee, ITB and other lower limb complaints
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
Common Causes Of Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact or the application of a force on a singular or repetitive instance that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand.
The biggest risk factor for soft tissue injury is previous injury, which goes a long way to explaining why it is reported 50% of sports injuries are preventable. The Practice’s Physios are qualified to assess acute and chronic sports injuries both traumatic or overuse types and providing expert management advice and treatment for their immediate care, return to play and prevention of recurrence or subsequent injury with sports injuries physiotherapy.
Poor technique and structural abnormalities can contribute to risk factors of sustaining a sports injury, a physiotherapist in the Practice is trained to deal with assessing risk factors for injury just as they are trained in prescribing rehabilitation programs to promote strength, flexibility, ideal biomechanics and postural control. Remembering trying to play before an injury is properly healed and rehabilitated can cause more damage, delay recovery and increase your risk of a subsequent injury.
The Physiotherapist’s knowledge in prescribing rehabilitation programmes targeted for sports injury, aids recovery using exercise that avoids stressing or appropriately stresses the healing tissue – this makes a Physio your go to person when seeking fast and safe recovery from injury.
Personalised Sports Injuries Physiotherapy Whatever Your Ability
The Practice’s Physio’s are experienced in the management of sports injuries and Neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, dedicated and focused on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. No matter what your level of activity or how you acquired your sports injury at Rob & Kim Sims Physiotherapists Inc you can be confident that you will have professional and personalised care to help you safely return to training and/or play at your best.