Sports Injury Therapy
Sports Injury Therapy – What is it?
Sports Injury Therapy or Sports Physiotherapy is a sub-specialty in physiotherapy that deals with muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons injuries occurring during sports and exercise. It aims at treating the injury, restoring the function to the pre-injury level, and gaining optimal function, plays a vital role in the conditioning of athletes, and reduces the chances of injuries during game season.
Sports injuries can have a debilitating effect on athletes’ mental health along with compromising their performance. Not being able to participate in the sports you worked hard for can be a traumatic experience. Sports Injury Therapy helps minimize this emotional load by providing specialized care and restoring the functional capacity of professional and recreational athletes.
What are the benefits of Sports Injury Therapy?
Professional athletes depend on Sports Injury Therapy to keep their optimal performance levels. Unfortunately, injuries in sports, especially the contact sports like football, are common happenings. Sports enthusiasts can get numerous benefits from Sports Injury Therapy to get treated for their injuries and make a comeback to their games.
Here is how Sports Physiotherapy can help athletes:
It provides complete rehabilitation, including acute care, pain relief, strength training, and return to sports activities.
It helps improve flexibility, coordination, and balance. All these benefits eventually enhance performance.
Prevention of sports injuries is another significant benefit of Sports Physiotherapy. Improving flexibility, educating on correct body mechanics, and implementing warm-up and cool-down protocols are all part of this treatment that plays an important role in injury prevention and optimal performance.
It is also helpful in maintaining cardiovascular health during the off-season.
This treatment method can deal with the following sports injuries:
Anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments tears in knees
Injuries to the rotator cuff
Meniscal tears in knees
Tendonitis or inflamed tendons
Bursitis or inflamed bursae
Concussion and whiplash injury
What should I expect from a Sports Injury Therapy session?
The consultation session of Sports Injury Therapy begins with history taking. Your Sports Physiotherapist will ask questions about your medical and surgical history, your lifestyle, the type of sports you participate in, and the mechanism of your injury. It also included the history of prescribed medications and supplements. You can also ask questions regarding your condition. You should bring your relevant medical tests and radiological reports with you upon your visit to the Physiotherapist.
After taking the complete history, your Sports Physical Therapist will start the assessment process. They will observe your posture, gait, and movement patterns. Your Sports Physiotherapist can perform specialized physical tests to make an accurate diagnosis. These clinical tests imply putting your joints and muscles in a particular position, and the resultant symptoms can indicate the specific ligaments and muscles that got injured. This will help devise a rehabilitation plan targeting the specific structures involved in the injury.
After completing the evaluation and diagnosis, your Sports Physiotherapist will guide you about your treatment plan. These guidelines can include the following elements:
○ Guidance and education on how to modify your lifestyle and biomechanics during play to avoid injuries in the future.
○ Manual techniques include massage, manipulation, and mobilizations to help reduce pain and improve relaxation, range of motion, and blood circulation to the area.
○ Exercise program according to your specific goals and targeted muscles to improve flexibility, enhance strength, and boost overall functionality.
Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports. A complete rehabilitation protocol is the only way to gain the maximum possible pre-injury strength and function of the muscles. Sports Injury Therapy provides holistic care to athletes, including treatment and prevention.
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