Sports Physiotherapy

Sports injuries are among the most common conditions that our physiotherapists treat at Central Performance. Our team are experienced in working with athletes and sportspeople at every level from elite competitors to recreational players and younger athletes. We always keep you as active as possible during your recovery so that your return to sport is as fast as possible, plus we minimise your risk of future problems by identifying and correcting any underlying stiffness, weakness or other movement problems. and

Sports injuries can include acute (recent) injuries as well as more long-term, chronic or recurring problems. Common sporting injuries include;

  • Muscle and ligament strains and tears
  • Joint sprains including ankle, knee, hip and shoulder pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Rehabilitation following surgery for bone, joint and ligament injuries including shoulder and ACL (knee) reconstructions, arthroscopies, and surgical fixation (pins and plates) of broken bones

Steps To Physiotherapy Management Of Sports Injuries

Initial Assessment and Diagnosis

Your physiotherapy program starts with a comprehensive initial assessment and diagnosis of your sports injury. This includes taking a full history plus a performing a complete physical assessment. We focus on getting the correct diagnosis for your injury as fast as possible because your ongoing treatment plan and timeframe for return to sport depend on this initial diagnosis. If your sports physio feels you need further investigation they will provide you with a referral to your doctor for further tests like an x-ray, MRI or specialist appointment.

As well as assessing specific local structures that have been injured, your physio will also screen for whole-body factors that may be contributing to your pain. This is especially important for recurrent or chronic injures, because factors above or below the injured area are often making the pain persist or keep coming back. For example many recurrent shoulder pains are partially due to upper back stiffness and tightness in the chest and pectoral muscles, so treating these areas is essential for lasting relief from your shoulder pain. A thorough functional movement assessment will highlight these underlying causative factors and allow an effective long-term solution to your pain. and

Treatment Program

An injury treatment plan is developed based on your diagnosis and physical assessment findings. Although every sports injury is unique, your treatment plan usually consists of 4 main stages:

  1. Pain relief and restoring normal range of movement
  2. Specific local strengthening
  3. Screening and correction of whole-body biomechanical factors that are contributing to your pain, eg tight hamstrings or hip flexors are common contributors to sports-related low back pain; a stiff and rounded upper back posture contributes to many shoulder injuries in swimmers
  4. Returning to sport, where you will be guided through sport-specific drills to fully restore your strength, speed and mobility.

Your treatment will start with hands-on techniques and targeted exercise to relieve your pain and restore your range of motion. As your pain improves your treatment will progress to specific strengthening and mobility exercises, and then you will be guided through more functional whole-body exercises to correct any underlying biomechanical problems.

Returning To Sport Safely

The final stage of your treatment is ensuring that you have a safe return to sport. Every sport puts different demands on your body, so completing a sport-specific exercise program to fully rebuild the strength, mobility and speed capacity of your body to meet the demands of your chosen sport is important. The goal of this phase is to restore your body to a greater capacity than it was before your injury and therefore reduce your risk of future problems.

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