sports injury

Sport injuries can be acute or chronic.

Acute sports injuries can occur at any time as a result of a sudden impact in a tackle, an awkward movement, or over-straining a muscle/tendon. Examples include a muscle tear, "dead leg" or sprained ankle ligament.

Chronic sports injuries develop gradually over time, often due to continual use of the same joints or muscle groups without adequate recovery time. Chronic sports injuries can occur due to poor technique, over-training or occasionally structural abnormalities, such as an abnormal foot position or lower limb alignment.

Some of the more common sports injuries we treat include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis, particularly achilles
  • Tennis and golfer's elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Runner's knee
  • Knee joint inury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Groin strain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hamstring strains
  • Back pain

In the instance of an acute injury physiotherapy can help by speeding up the rate of recovery by reducing joint swelling and preventing joint stiffness. Early treatment will also help minimise tissue damage and provide for a quicker return to active sport.

Chronic injuries can be prevented and treated by identifying the underlying cause particularly to assess whether it is an anatomical problem or more to do with poor technique or training methods.

If getting fit for strenuous activities such as a marathon, triathlon or long distance cycling our Chartered physio's can help you prepare by coaching you through sports specific exercises designed to reduce the risk of developing injuries.