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Sports injury refers to all injuries that involve bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage and ligaments and they are not necessarily associated with a sports related activity. Recreational and professional athletes are prone to get injured more often as the result of wear and tear and physical demand of competitive sports.
Sports physiotherapists are trained in not only diagnosing and treating sports injuries but also identifying potential biomechanical and muscle imbalances that may cause injuries. The right exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, empowering them to resume athletic activities.
No two injuries are the same and every person heals at a different rate. A sport physiotherapist can assist in speeding up the healing process and rehabilitate the injured person to recover faster. Other health practitioners such as Massage therapists, chiropractors and Kinesiologists may be involved in a comprehensive sports injury treatment. Sports massage therapy techniques and ART are two of the common treatments for sports injuries.
The most common sports injuries include:
- Muscle strains
- Tendon and ligament sprains or tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Hip bursitis
- Shin splints
- ACL sprains or tear
- Meniscal tears
- Ankle sprains
Our sports physiotherapists have extensive training in treating musculoskeletal injuries and work as a part of our multidisciplinary team. Your visit starts with an assessment of joint range of motion, pain level, muscle imbalance and the impact the injury has had on your daily life and athletic activities. The next step is to plan a treatment protocol to not only address the pain and help the injured tissue to heal but also to assist you to gradually and safely return to your daily activates and favourite sport. Each treatment program is specific to your physical demands and is therefore a sport specific or activity specific program. For example, a ballet dancer’s treatment program is vastly different from a baseball pitcher or a hockey player.
Sports physiotherapy includes stretching and strengthening exercises using exercise equipment such as exercises with an exercise ball or body weight exercises such as TRX. The exercise program will have components of balance and coordination to improve performance and prevent future injuries.