Sports injuries can be anything from tennis elbow or a strain, to fractured bones or dislocations.
They can be from any sport: tennis, golf, basketball, football, athletics… And they can be gained at any level.
While athletes and people who play sports more are more likely to get an injury, you don’t need to be an elite athlete to get a sports injury.
What causes sports injuries?
Sports injuries can be from overuse and overtraining: runner’s knee or tennis elbow is from pushing your body to its limit.
They can also occur from undertraining, or poor training practices. Not stretching or having a good enough warm up can lead to many injuries because the body isn’t prepared for the exercise.
With proper injury management, rehabilitation and advice from your physiotherapist, you will be able to return to sports as soon as possible.
Treating the injury depends on how severe it is and what part of the body is affected. Treatment would aim to relieve your pain quicker, reduce the formation of scar tissue, get you back in to work or sport quickly and improve your performance.
Treatment techniques would include:
How do exercises help?
It might feel like exercise caused the problem, and it might feel like exercise is the last thing you want to do with the injury! But, it helps!
Muscles can become tight during periods of inactivity after an injury. Stretching helps loosen those muscles, improving your range of motion.
Range of motion exercise can help improve or maintain your joint range of motion. By doing these exercises whenever possible, you can prevent your joints and muscles from becoming stiff. They may also be combined with strengthening exercises once you have improved strength.
Being inactive can also weaken your muscles. Strengthening them is important to achieve independence in movement. These exercises can help you maintain strength of your uninjured muscles as well as your weakened muscles.
Your body will not be at the same level as before you injured yourself. Supervised exercises mean you won’t push yourself further than your body can go, avoiding any further injuries or worsening the current one.
Patient education on these exercises and on self-care is also really important. That way, you can go home and know exactly what you’re doing to help your muscles and avoid future problems.
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At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.