Sports Injury Management

Sports Injury Management at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

Sports injuries occur for a variety of reasons. Nobody can tell when it’s “their turn” before it’s too late. It’s inevitable that when playing sports that the muscles and joints in our bodies are going to be tested beyond their normal limits.

Dangers of overstraining – “training too hard’

It’s easy to get so focused and dedicated while training for sport and playing sport because we naturally always want to perform at our best. Even when we’re not playing “competitively” and we’re only playing for fun it’s no fun if we play badly. Naturally human instincts and nature takes over if we’re getting a thrashing and we try to step up our game. Unfortunately that’s when we’re at the highest risk of overstraining and picking up a “niggle” or developing an injury. Examples of overstraining which can cause us grief include:

  • Overstretching for a drop shot when playing tennis
  • Trying to smash the volleyball too hard back over the net
  • Hammering a six over the top of square leg in a cricket match
  • Running for little Johnny in the Parents 100 metre dash at your kids sports day

Sports injury management takes its form in a number of ways depending on your physiotherapists rehab strategy.

Sports Injury Management at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

Your physiotherapist will design an individualised sports injury management plan with clearly defined goals and means to reach the targets set out. lIn a step by step process our Wembley Physiotherapists will assist with your physiotherapy, demonstrate the best exercises and rehab plan for you.

Cricket Injuries

Cricket injuries vary depending on whether fielding or batting:

Batting Injuries

Batters usually get hamstring strains, pulled calf muscles, back spasm and injuries sustained when sprinting or rapidly changing direction when running between the wickets for runs.

Bowlers and Cricketing Injuries

Medium and fast paced bowlers get muscle strains and knee pain. They also pick up shoulder and foot injuries. Bowling is a repetitive action and requires volatile actions of the muscles and joints throughout the body in-order to propel the cricket ball down the wicket to the batters end. Bowling injuries can be managed by physiotherapy and they can be likely prevented with correct technique and training on and off the field. Your physiotherapists at Wembley physiotherapy clinic can work with your cricket coach and other team players to help plan rehab exercises.

Tennis Injuries

Tennis requires excellent balance and hand eye co-ordination like most other sports. Tennis injuries classically occur around the wrist and elbow of the racquet hand. Tennis elbow so named because of its common predilection in tennis players is a common injury. Tennis elbow affects the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon (ECRB) of the forearm and creates a painful feeling 1-2 cm distal to the radial head (elbow joint). Apart from tennis elbow other common tennis injuries include:

  • Hamstring strains
  • back strains
  • groin strains
  • shoulder pain
  • neck pain and back pain

Long term effects of sports like tennis, badminton and squash include degenerative / osteoarthiritic changes In the knees and hips due to rapid stop-start pace of play and the “pounding” effects that the body places through the knees. Correct footwear and physio rehab for preventative therapy can also help.

Golf Injuries

Golfers experience general stiffness because very few take the time to warm up before playing. The golf swing is one of the most complicated sports activities requiring the hitting of an object while also demanding the use of every muscle in the body. It’s quite normal for the first shot of a day to require the use of a “driver” off the first tee for a par 4 or 5. Golf courses usually start with a long hole and very few start the 18 hole round with a par 3 or chipping wedge shot. Common golfing injuries include:

  • Back spasm and pain
  • Hip pain
  • Neck and shoulder strain

Wembley physiotherapy clinic can help work out the best sports specific program to help you with your sports preparation. Call for help, advice and to make an appointment at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic on (08) 9383 7883.