Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
We all know, a key element of staying healthy is exercise - whether this is done on a treadmill at home/gym. outside on a football pitch or any other type of physical activity. If you're a keen fitness enthusiast, ensuring you're exercising safely is crucial. Having said this, even the foremost careful folks can sometimes succumb to injury. Sports injuries are often caused by a range of things including not warming up properly, pushing yourself too hard or just suffering an accident. When injuries happen, they typically require you to be off your feet and rest up while you heal. When exercise or sport forms big a part of your life, recovering from injury and returning to normal function is paramount. This is where sports therapy comes in. A sports therapist aims to give support to sport and recreational participants to assist them recover as quickly and fully as possible. On this page we'll explore what sport therapy entails, common sports injuries and different treatments which may be used.
Common Sports Injuries
When you exercise or play sports regularly, certain parts of the body can become susceptible to strain or injury. If you feel pain somewhere in your body when exercising or playing a sport, seek medical advice as you may have injured yourself.
- Back injuries
- Knee, Ankle or Foot injuries.
- Hip or Pelvic injuries.
- Arm, Elbow or Wrist injuries.
- Shoulder, Upper Back or Neck injuries.
The typical process to help recovery
The process follows the following sequence - Initial consultation - assessment - treatment - rehabilitation - prehabilitation
Sports Therapy treatments
Sports therapy utilises a number of techniques to help ease pain and encourage recovery. While the specific treatment used will depend on the nature of your injury and your own personal history, the following techniques are commonly used: massage, mobilisation, myofascial release, muscle release and METs
Regular Strength and Conditioning
Incorporating regular S&C sessions into your training program will ensure you develop a strong and resilient body that better handles the stresses of training for your particular chosed sport.
We are a multi disciplinary practice and use various modalities in helping the athlete recover from injuries be they over-use or trauma related injuries.
- Develop a robust balanced body
- Improved sporting performance
- Move more freely
- Improve mobility even into your mature years
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