Inevitably, when we undertake a sports activity, whether for social, fitness or as a professional athlete, injuries are likely to occur.
Particularly in relation to professional athletes, the likelihood of injury is increased due to the excessive wear and tear associated with the demands of many competitive sports. In addition, the types of injuries will also differ depending on the sport you are involved in.
Sports injuries include damage to the musculoskeletal system, i.e.; the bones, tissues, muscles and cartilage. It’s also important to note that every injury is different, and each person heals and recovers according to extent of the injury that has occurred.
Some areas of your body will incur more pressure than others. For example, footballers are likely to have more injuries associated with their legs and feet, due to those areas of the body dominating the effort used for that sport.
The most serious sports injuries include damage to the lower back, breaks and strains to bones, tissues and muscles in the legs and arms and potentially head injuries that can affect, vision and balance among other things.
A Focus on Exercise
Undertaking an exercise programme to maintain resilience, strength, flexibility and stability, can help you to recover quickly after an injury occurs and help to get you back to your sports activity sooner rather than later.
However, when a serious and debilitating injury occurs, a robust rehabilitation programme will be required to help you get back to full fitness before any sporting activity can resume.
Rehabilitation is required to allow the injured tissues to recover in a controlled and supervised manner and because it takes time for each injury to heal, getting the guidance and support of an experienced sports therapist is essential to ensuring that your body fully recovers.
Your therapist will work with you to identify the cause of the injury and create a treatment plan to prevent future injuries. He or she will provide you with a rehabilitation programme that includes exercises and massage therapy to target the areas affected and ensure a safe and effective recovery. The programme will be specifically tailored to your individual requirements and abilities, to ensure that it works for you.
Why Sports Therapy?
Sports therapists are professionally trained to specifically deal with sports injury recovery and rehabilitation. They have extensive training in the musculoskeletal system and work closely with athletes to assess muscle imbalance, range of motion as well as the functional requirements of each sport.
Your sports therapist will develop a plan by evaluating and identifying the most appropriate programme to focus on the best treatment for your needs.
The exercise programme will consist of stretching to improve mobility and exercises that will improve strength, with the overall goal of reducing pain and improving functionality as soon as possible.
In addition to the exercises, ensuring that you get enough rest and relaxation which is also an important part of the recovery process. So, your sports therapist will include massage therapy sessions within your programme to aid with this element of your rehabilitation.
Prevention is always better than cure!
Ideally, it would be great to play your sport and not get injured at all, but when it does happen employing a robust rehabilitation programme is required to get you back to full fitness. Left unattended, the damage may get worse and take longer to heal.
Your sports therapist not only aids in the treatment of injuries, but also can help to create programmes designed to prevent or lessen athletic injuries too, regardless of whether you are a professional athlete or undertake recreational or fitness sporting activities.
You don’t have to wait until you are injured to consult with a sports therapist. We are here to help you improve your athletic performance and minimize injury. Focusing on a preventive and proactive approach is important to maintaining your sporting activity. After all, prevention is better than cure.
At Lifestyle Therapies, our aim is to get you the best results for your sporting career or activity and to help you recover as quickly as possible when any injuries do occur. So, you can rely on us to be professional and focused on you and your individual needs.
If you would like to schedule an evaluation with us so that we can design a rehabilitation or preventative programme for you, please get in touch today.