50% of the 1 million sports injuries that occur in Australia per year are preventable
Not only is physiotherapy the difference between a long stay off the field and a short one – it can also help prevent injury all together in the first place.
The best way to avoid sports injury for you in your particular sport is to seek a consultation with one of our experienced Physiotherapists to create the right damage (injury) prevention plan for you or your team.
When it comes to treating injury and rehabilitation, there are 2 main types of sports injuries:
Sudden or Acute Injuries
Caused by direct impact/trauma to an area of the body that cannot withstand the force. We tend to see this in sports like soccer, football, netball and rugby, but can be seen in all sports.
It usually includes injuries such as:
- Ligament Sprains – e.g. Ankle, Knee, Wrist
- Meniscus/Cartilage Injury – e.g. Knee, Hip, Shoulder
- Joint Dislocations – e.g. Shoulder, Finger
- Fractures – e.g. Ankle, Forearm, Foot
- Muscle Tears – e.g. Hamstring, Calf, Quadriceps
Overuse or Repetitive Sports Injuries
These are usually an injury that takes some time to appear and can be caused by a gradual overload of an area of the body which then does not have enough time to repair or heal from the load and as such tissue in the area begins to ‘break’ down or become aggravated.
Sometimes you can feel the symptoms increasing with activity or sport – you might experience an ache or stiffness when you start to play or it may be a case of feeling pain or discomfort when you’ve finished training.
These aches and pains can get worse and over time and can create a larger problem. Such injuries are seen in virtually every sport with athletes often experiencing injuries such as:
- Achilles Tendinopathy, Tennis Elbow and other Tendon injuries
- Back Pain
- “Runners Knee” and ITB complaints
- Stress Fractures
- Shin Splints
Our Physiotherapy designed Exercise Rehabilitation Programs are created to target such injuries – ideally by preventing them from happening in the first place – but also to help prevent them from reoccurring in future. The Programs are usually not time intensive and will also improve an athlete or team’s performance.
It’s safe to say that a Physiotherapist can make a huge difference in your team’s performance, and truly get the best out of every athlete. It’s never too early to get the right advice.
By using this state of the art measuring system, identifying weak spots and preventing damage has become easier than ever. The biofeedback from the system creates real time data that helps design the proper plan for each body type. Find out more about AxIT here.
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