Sports Physiotherapists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. They can help return you to your best level of function after an injury. As part of your unique treatment your sports physiotherapist may use the following techniques:

  • 'hands-on' techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation

  • taping to support an area or facilitate normal movement

  • rehabilitation exercises and advice, taking into account individual goals and history

 

Sports Physiotherapists also have a role in injury prevention. There are several injuries (including ankle sprains, knee injuries and hamstring strains) for which the risk can be significantly reduced if a specific injury prevention program is used. These programs are typically not time intensive and can actually improve sporting performance as well.

 

Common sporting injuries:

  • joint sprains - knee, ankle, shoulder and finger injuries

  • muscle strains -hamstring, calf, quadriceps

  • tendon injuries - achilles, patella and gluteal tendon pain

  • bony overuse injuries - such as 'shin splints' or stress fractures

  • rehabilitation from surgery - knee, shoulder or ankle arthroscopies or reconstructions

 

The physiotherapy profession emphasises the importance of evidence-based practice, using findings from clinical and biological research to support assessment, treatment, and decision-making. If you are suffering from a sports-related injury, it is important to have your condition assessed by a sports physiotherapist.

 

 

Thanks to Aiden Rich for contributing this content.(APA)

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