Sporting activities place specific demands on the body. Regardless of the level of preparation or participation, these demands make the athlete susceptible to injury. While there is a risk of injury with any sport, this risk is far out-weighed by the benefits of activity e.g. exercise can protect against heart problems, prevent obesity and reduce the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density. Our Physiotherapists assess the risk of injury associated with your sport or physical activity. Our aim is to reduce the risk of occurrence and reoccurrence of injuries. Our advice on injury risk often involve evaluation of issues such the demands of your sport, your physical and psychological profile, any co-morbidities/ pre-existing injuries that you may have and current recommendations from the scientific sports literature to name but a few.
In the instance of acute injury physiotherapy can help optimise the rate of recovery and lead to a quicker return to active sport. Our physiotherapists provide a thorough clinical examination, referral to medical imaging/testing/specialist where appropriate, a clinical opinion and advice on returning to exercise and/or sport depending on the injury.
Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries.
Traumatic injuries are most common in contact sports such as soccer, Gaelic games, basketball and rugby because of the dynamic nature of these sports. The most common traumatic sports injuries are knee and ankle ligament sprains, calf and hamstring muscle strains, quadriceps muscle contusions (dead leg), Achilles tendon injuries, fractures and dislocations. Sports injuries left untreated can lead to furthermore complex and chronic complications down the line so seek help from your Chartered Physiotherapist early.
Overuse injuries such as shin splints, ITB syndrome, Tennis Elbow etc. are more common in sports that involve continuous repetitive movements such as running, cycling, swimming, tennis, golf etc. Identifying the root cause of such injuries is vital to ensure a quick return to sport and to prevent a similar injury in the future.
Rehabilitation occurs from the time of injury until you return to your optimal level of participation in your sport. Our physiotherapists use clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills to assess your injury and design and implement evidence based interventions and exercise programmes to ensure your safe and timely return. Rehabilitation we find can never follow a recipe as time commitments, support, the stage of healing and sporting goals all have a part to play in recommending the right ‘programme’. Our aim is to get you back participating at your pre-injury level of performance. Once you have successfully returned to participation in your sport, rehabilitation can adopt a preventative approach.
Our Phsyiotherapists provide advice or interventions regularly with those who request assistance to improve their performance in their specific sport. In recent years, this branch of sports medicine has advanced significantly as it has been investigated more to separate fact from fiction. We regularly see people for recovery, cross training and athletic/ performance screening.