Sporting people from occasional and weekend sports through to elite athletes, can receive huge benefits from our care. Treatment and correct exercise management helps prevent many sports injuries, including:
- neck and back strains
- shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries
- hip and pelvic injuries such as osteitis pubis
- knee, leg and ankle injuries.
Reduced joint or muscle flexibility will affect your performance and may result in injury if you don’t realise that you can’t perform at your usual level. If you are become injured, we will facilitate your return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This will minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.
Sport and children
Children need to grow with optimal mobility, strength and balance. Sport and exercise can place exceptional demands on their bodies. Children should be cared for by professionals who are fully aware of the needs of young growing bodies.
Before treating your child, we will take a full history and complete a comprehensive physical examination. We assess the need to refer to other health care professionals if necessary. Nutritional advice along with strategies, exercises and routines to help your child avoid further injury and stay healthy, happy and active will also be provided.
Did you know?
- osteitis pubis is related to pelvic, lower back and lower limb dysfunctions
- hamstring and groin injuries invariably involve low back or pelvic restriction and imbalances
- knee pain is related to poor foot and ankle mechanics, thigh muscle tension and/or hip dysfunction
- shoulder injuries can be caused by tension in the ribs, neck, shoulder blade and upper back
- shin splints involve poor mechanics of both leg bones
- joint injections and pain killers may only mask the problem.
Unless you deal directly with the cause of your problem, further injury and joint degeneration will result.
What to do when you suffer a sports injury
To avoid injury whilst playing sport, make sure you warm up and warm down with stretches. You should also drink plenty of water to keep your spine more mobile. If you do get injured, remain calm and apply the following basic first aid procedure:
Rest – to reduce further stress to the injury Ice – apply an ice pack for 10 minutes every hour to reduce inflammation Compress – gently apply bandages towards the heart to minimise swelling Elevate – raise the injured area to improve drainage.
Seek our professional assessment as soon as you can.