What is Sports Physiotherapy?
Sports Physiotherapy is a specialised branch of physiotherapy that involves prevention, evaluation and management of injuries resulting from sports and exercise participation at all ages and levels of ability.
Our sports physiotherapists provide education and offer treatment on safe participation in all levels of sport and recreational activity to enhance:
- Individual performance
- Recovery from injuries
- Provide resources to prevent problems, whilst ensuring a safe and durable return to sports participation.
Our physiotherapists adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of sports related injuries by:
- Taking into consideration the protection of the injured tissues when healing
- Addressing all local and central factors such as range of motion, proprioception, muscle flexibility and strength to ensure the safe return of the athlete to sport in the shortest possible time.
Various areas of sports physiotherapy include:
Sports physiotherapy involves highly skilled methods to evaluate the level of injury & uses various assessment scales to diagnose neuromuscular injuries as well as functional assessment methods to evaluate the cardiovascular capability & post- injury improvement.
Neuromuscular injuries are a chief concern for sports physiotherapy. The treatment and rehabilitation process includes a well-programmed therapeutic procedure to treat and completely rehabilitate the patient. The program is quite often coordinated by our physiotherapists in conjunction with sports doctors, coaches, strength and conditioning performance managers and may also include dietitian's and psychologists. The complete program aims to help treat the injury, restore optimal function and contribute to the enhancement of sports performance.
Sports physiotherapy involves specially designed therapeutic measures to help active individuals to prevent injuries or continue their activity with minimal disruption with an existing injury. This area of treatment includes pre-participation training, screening, equipment recommendations or cardiovascular fitness programs to prevent associated injuries and improve the client’s physical endurance.
The special training for performance based rehabilitation helps active individuals to improve their quality of performance in a variety of ways. The basic foundation of performance enhancement is evaluation of neuromuscular and cardiovascular-pulmonary systems. The evaluation procedure includes assessing strengths and weaknesses of an individual’s physical profile and assessment of deficiency in flexibility and muscular strength or endurance. A follow-up program may also be included to monitor the need for changes in the training program.