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Sports Injury

Sports people can acquire acute (short term) or chronic (long term) injuries as a result of competing in all levels in their sport, and treatment by a specialised, knowledgeable physiotherapist ensures optimal recovery.  

Causes

Sports injuries occur during sports or exercise and are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact or extreme application of force. The cause of sports injuries extends from contact during games to overloading in training. Regardless of their cause, sports injuries can affect sporting participation in terms of training and playing, as well as discomfort outside of sport through impact on daily life.

 

Physiotherapists are knowledgeable in the area of diagnosing sports injuries, and their treatment ensures you are rehabilitated quickly and return to functioning as soon as possible.

Treatment

Your physiotherapist will complete a detailed and thorough diagnosis, assessing the events leading up to injury, the onset of the pain, as well as considering your overall musculoskeletal health. In this manner, physiotherapists can determine the structural cause of pain and the specific course of action it requires. Moreover, physiotherapists will determine potential weaknesses or movement disorders that contributed to the cause or are preventing you from healing.

 

Once your diagnosis has been determined, your physiotherapist will discuss the plan for treatment, and the ways to return to sport. Usually, an immediate period of rest is followed by a gradual return  to activity with the use of rehabilitative exercises. Physiotherapists also work with coaches and other doctors to ensure your recovery is guided, not rushed and meets your requirements.