Sports Injury Physiotherapy
Correct diagnosis and treatment will speed recovery, help prevent recurrence and can lead to improved performance through improvements in biomechanics, muscular strength and coordination.
Sports injuries normally occur in one of two ways:
These often occur suddenly such as an ankle sprain, or build up quickly such as a muscle that begins to cramp during a run, they may also involve an impact such as a bad tackle. These injuries often involve muscles and their tendons or a joint and it’s supporting ligaments.
Initially acute injuries are hot, inflamed (swollen) and painful and there is often protective muscle spasm. In such cases early treatment is essential to reduce the swelling, heat and pain and reduce the muscle spasm. As the condition improves the focus moves to rehabilitation back to full sporting activity as well as injury prevention.
Often these start more gradually but last longer, sometimes causing problems for years. There is generally less heat and swelling than is seen in an acute injury and the pain is more likely to be a deeper, duller ache. The failure of the condition to improve indicates that the tissues are being overstrained which is thwarting the healing process. In these cases the focus is on addressing the cause of the overstrain as well as treating the injured tissues.
Restoration of normal bio-mechanics through improved joint mobility, muscle length and tissue circulation can relieve the overstrain allowing the tissues to heal. As with the acute injury as the condition begins to improve levels of activity are increased and sporting activities can be reintroduced or built up back to the desired level.
Expert help from a Chartered Physiotherapist helps prevent your injury taking you out of the sporting arena for any longer than necessary.
At Sheffield Physiotherapy we offer:
- Clinicians with experience in the assessment and accurate diagnosis of sports-related injuries.
- Treatment and advice are designed specifically to get you back to full fitness and performance.
- Advice on injury prevention specific to your sport.
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Types Of Sports Injury
Football injuries can be caused by collisions with an opponent or landing awkwardly from a jump. However, one-third of football injuries are due to overuse and gradually develop over time.
Cycling involves as many as 5,000 revolutions an hour in the peddle cycle. When the tissue in the body is repetitively stressed in this way, injury occurs. No wonder over 95% of cyclists report having experienced an overuse injury at some point.
Most runners end up seeing a physiotherapist at some point in their running career, whether they run for recreational or competitive reasons. There is a good chance you have experienced an injury already.
While traumatic injuries are rare, most golfers will experience issues that require a physiotherapist at some point. The majority of golf injuries occur in the back, shoulders, elbows and knees. This is because of the bending and twisting of the spine during the golf swing.
Whilst traumatic injuries such as falls and equipment malfunctions do occur, the majority of climbing injuries are due to the repetitive elements that climbing involves.
As a dancer matures, so does the technical difficulty of their dance class. Dancing requires a balance in strength and flexibility. When strength and flexibility are compromised, injury happens.
Badminton requires a lot of jumping and quick changes in direction. Fast swinging is required whilst bending or with your arms overhead. Because of this injuries to the shoulder and elbow, as well as the lower limbs are common.