What is sports physiotherapy
A sports physiotherapist is simply a specialised physiotherapist. Sports physiotherapy is a specific branch of musculoskeletal physiotherapy which deals with injuries and conditions related to sports people. There is no specific course to be a sports physiotherapist but they generally have a range of skills which make them slightly different from your normal musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
skills of sports physiotherapist
Sports physiotherapists should ideally have sports specific or relatable knowledge that can address the injuries of a wide range of sports. Their services need to take into account the differences in presentation of injuries between male and female athletes, younger and older athletes or just athletes engaged in sports at all different levels of competition.
A sports physiotherapist needs to have a range of skills for diagnostic, manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation purposes. In pitch side care these will include sports first aid/trauma management, taping and massage but also the ability to make decisions under time constraints and to work within a sports medicine team.
What our sports physiotherapist treat?
Sport Injuries treated at the Acme Physiotherapy include:
- Spinal Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Work Injuries
- Foot Pain / Orthotics
HOW WE DO IT
- Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises – Physiotherapists often use range of motion (ROM) exercises to reduce stiffness of joints and muscles. Range of Motion exercises are carried on a particular part of the body which is injured. Depending upon the severity of the injury, your doctor would suggest if you should perform passive ROM exercises or active ROM exercises. When patients perform the exercise without any help from their physiotherapists, it is termed as Active ROM, and when physiotherapists perform the exercise with zero movement from patient’s side, it is termed as Passive ROM.
- Strengthening – Injuries make the muscles weak. Physiotherapists, using a combination of exercises and therapies and muscle strengthening exercises like static & dynamic activities, help improve the weakened muscles.Static exercises exert muscles at high intensity without movement of the joints, such as holding a squat position or holding a push-up position. While dynamic activities keep your muscles moving while walking, running or lifting light weights.
- Low Level Laser – Class 4 – An alternative to medications and surgery, low level laser therapy uses the healing power of light to reduce inflammation and muscle pain. This technique is used by the physiotherapists in case of musculoskeletal sports injuries.
- Ice pack application – Applying ice to an acute injury is the first healing step your physiotherapist might take. It plays a vital role in preventing excessive swelling in the injured area.
- Hot pack application – For a chronic injury, or an injury lasting 3 months or more, physiotherapists use hot pack to provide relief from pain and stiffness.
what are benefits of sports physiotherapy
- Immediate Relief of Pain
- Prevent Injury
- Tailored Treatment Plans
- Promotes Relaxation
- Injury Treatment
- Muscle & Joint Flexibility
Assessments begin with a physiotherapy biomechanical screening to locate any asymmetries and areas of weakness. We will look at your joint flexibility, functional testing and stability, from this we can decipher potential areas of weakness that could lead to pain or injury.