Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

Sports Injury

Sporting activities place specific demands on the body, regardless of the level of preparation or participation. Such demands can make the athlete susceptible to injury. While there is a risk of injury with any sport, this risk is far out-weighed by the benefits of activity e.g. exercise can prevent obesity, protect against heart problems, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density.

Sport Injury

Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries.  Traumatic injuries are most common in contact sports such as soccer, Gaelic, rugby and basketball because of the dynamic and high collision nature of these sports. The most common traumatic sports injuries are knee and ankle ligament sprains, calf and hamstring muscle strains, quadriceps muscle contusions (dead leg), Achilles tendon injuries, fractures and dislocations. Sports injuries left untreated can lead to further more complex and chronic complications down the line so it is important to seek help from a Chartered Physiotherapist early.

Sports injuries cause damage to the soft tissues which then release chemicals and initiate an inflammatory response. Small blood vessels are damaged, producing bleeding within the tissue. In the body’s normal reaction, a small blood clot is formed in order to stop this bleeding and from this clot fibroblasts begin the healing process by laying down scar tissue.  The inflammatory stage is therefore the first phase of healing. However, too much of an inflammatory response in the early stages can mean too much scar tissue is formed and a return to sporting activity is delayed.

Physiotherapy treatments are intended to minimize the inflammatory phase of an injury, so that the overall healing process is accelerated. If too much scar tissue is laid down during healing, there is a loss of movement and weakness which predisposes the athlete to future injury. Our team of Chartered Physiotherapists use a range of manual techniques including deep transverse frictions, dry needling and massage to break down excess scar tissue. Along with a sports specific rehabilitation programme, Physiotherapy helps restore normal movement and ensures a faster return to sport.

Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries such as ITB syndrome, Tennis Elbow, shin splints etc. are more common in sports that involve continuous repetitive movements such as running, cycling, swimming, tennis, golf etc. Identifying the root cause of such injuries is vital to ensure a quick return to sport and to prevent a similar injury in the future. Muscle imbalances, muscle weakness, postural dysfunction, biomechanical dysfunction or poor running technique are common underlying causes of overuse injuries. Our Chartered Physiotherapists are experienced in assessing these possible causes and have the tools to rehabilitate using sports specific exercises, foam roller therapy and Pilates in combination with educating and advising the patient.

Why choose us?

At JT Physiotherapy, our Chartered Physiotherapists are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of all types of sports injuries. We have a comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissue pathology and tissue healing.  If your passion is cycling, running, football, rugby, golf, tennis, hockey, basketball, martial arts or dancing, we know about it; understand the biomechanics of it, and; are confident that we can provide a lasting solution to your pain or injury.

Our sports treatments include:

 

Johnny treating an injured patient

Johnny Loughrey treating an injured patient

  • Sport specific rehabilitation
  • Sports / deep tissue massage
  • Biomechanical assessments
  • Joint mobilisation and manipulation
  • Foam Roller Therapy
  • Sports Pilates
  • Taping & Kinesiotape
  • Postural assessment and correction
  • Muscle imbalance & flexibility assessment & correction
  • Sports Orthotics

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