Sports Injury

Sports Injuries

Sport is a vital part of the Australian lifestyle – it promotes good health, stress relief and is fun. Sometimes injuries may occur through sport. Fortunately most injuries can be effectively treated by your physiotherapist. Physiotherapy treatment will enable you to return safely to sporting activity more quickly than just ‘rest and see what happens’. Your physiotherapist also provides advice to prevent sporting injuries. Most sporting injuries are a result of a direct blow (bruise or contusion) or an indirect force like a twist (sprains, strains, tears). Some injuries are due to over-use stresses (tendinitis, stress fractures). One of the main things you can do to prevent yourself from getting any injuries is to warm up before you start playing the game. It is not a good idea to start exercising, or playing the game without warming up first. Warming up is very important because it helps get your body ready for activity. Warm ups include doing things such as taking a light jog to get the blood pumping, sport specific movements and perhaps actively stretching of important muscle groups. Warming up prepares your muscles for exercise and increases your blood flow and muscle temperature. That way, your body is ready to go; and it is less likely to get hurt.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Injury?

  • Do a sport specific warm up and cool down properly!
  • Protective strapping or bracing for problem areas.
  • Correct footwear and sporting equipment
  • Specific conditioning for your particular sport – many injuries occur after doing too little for too long and then too much, too soon...
  • Good Aerobic Fitness
  • Good muscle control and reactions.

How Can Our Team Help You Get Back Into Action?

If you are really into sports, it might be tempting for you to jump right back into activity after an injury. Our team understands sports (and we love playing sports ourselves) and we are keen to get you back playing sport ASAP. We can help you return to your sport safely by regaining strength, mobility, balance and co-ordination. Your physiotherapist will assess these areas and show you how to improve them.