Sports Physio Rhodes & Macquarie Park

Sports Physio involves the treatment, rehabilitation and further prevention of injuries sustained during sports and recreational activities. The management of sports injuries involves the sports physio having a strong understanding of injury along with the physical demands of their sport and the athlete’s short and long term goals. Our physios work with the individual athlete to understand these demands and formulate a management plan to ensure they successfully return to sport at their peak performance level with reduced risk of further injury.

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United States's Charlie Davies is checked out by a trainer  during the second half in a World Cup qualifying soccer match against El Salvador in Sandy, Utah, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Davies was helped off the field and had to leave the game that the United States won over El Salvador 2-1. (AP Photo/George Frey)

 

The management of sport injuries involves 4 key components:

1. Injury specific treatment and rehabilitation
2. Sport specific conditioning
3. Prevention and monitoring
4. Performance enhancement

 

Injury Specific Treatment & Rehabilitation

Early intervention is the key to getting the best results after an acute sporting injury. Injury specific treatment and rehabilitation involves relieving pain and restoring the function of the injured tissue. It typically involves a hands on approach with treatment techniques such as soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation / manipulation, acupuncture / dry needling utilised. The athlete will also be provided with a structured exercise program aimed at facilitating recovery of the injured area.

 

Sport Specific Conditioning

This is an area that is often missed in the management of sports injuries. Too often an athlete recovers from the initial injury and returns to competition only to perform poorly or become injured again. This is where sports specific conditioning is critical to rebuild physical loads on the whole body, not just the injury site, back to pre-injury levels. Our physio’s will work with the athlete and their coaches/trainers to develop a graduated sport specific conditioning program to ensure a smooth transition back into sport.

 

Prevention & Monitoring

Recurrent injuries can cause significant time off sport and stress for Athletes. After returning to sport it is imperative to build into your training program activities that minimise the chance of re-injury. It is also important to monitor the athlete for any signs that may indicate elevated risk such as general fatigue, reduced flexibility/strength and manage appropriately. Some of these Prevention & Monitoring activities may include:

  • Injury specific and sport specific functional exercises
  • Preparation and recovery strategies
  • Monitoring and adjusting training loads
  • Correction of training techniques and body mechanics
  • Taping & bracing

Performance Enhancement

One of the benefits of being injured is that it provides time to look at how the body has been functioning and look at reducing any inefficiencies that may be affecting performance. Our physio’s can perform sport specific screening assessments and then implement strategies to correct/reduce these inefficiencies as part of your rehabilitation and ongoing management plan.

 

Common Sports Injuries Managed

 Ligament injuries

  • Knee ACL injuries including non-surgical and surgical rehabilitation
  • Ankle sprains
 Muscle/Tendon strains/tears

  • Hamstring & calf strains
  • Rotator Cuff tears
  • Back and neck strains
 Joint injuries

  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Meniscal tears
  • Hip impingement
Overuse Injuries

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Iliotibial Band Tightness
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Groin injuries

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