Sports Injury Rehabilitation helps athletes effectively treat pain and return to normal function. It is important to start the treatment process immediately after the injury to ensure proper treatment is applied in each stage of healing. The initial intervention involves promoting proper tissue healing to speed up the rate of recovery and prevent another injury once the athlete returns to sport. The initial goals include reducing pain and swelling. Once pain and swelling are reduced, treatment progresses to an exercise and re-conditioning approach. Our comprehensive treatment program includes progressive sport-specific strengthening and mobility exercises to ensure peak athletic performance.
Typical injuries that benefit from Sport Injury Rehabilitation include:
At Eramosa Physiotherapy, we have developed specific Sport Injury Rehabilitation and injury prevention for knee and groin injuries. For more information on either of these programs, go to either our KLIPP (Knee Ligament Injury Prevention Program), GRIPP (Groin Injury Prevention Program) or Golf Physio Program page.
Luckily for those that put the time into a regular preventative conditioning program that incorporates the principle of specific training, improvements in strength, range of motion, coordination and neuromuscular control can be achieved.
For example, most throwers have excessive outward rotation and reduced inwards rotation of the shoulder with the elbow up at shoulder height; however, the total motion is usually equal between throwing and non-throwing shoulders. This simply means that through training, the throwing shoulder has transitioned its total available range of motion to bias the outward rotation “cocking position” of throwing.
With such high demands on the shoulder, it may not be a surprise that shoulder injuries are the most common injury in both amateur and professional throwing athletes.
Overloading structures of the shoulder without adequate time for recovery and repair can lead to overuse type injuries such as:
We can reduce the risk for these types of injuries by controlling variables that have been associated with increased risk such as:
intensity, duration, and frequency of play as well as rest between games.
Shoulder injuries in throwing athletes may seem inevitable, but many of these injuries are avoidable. We just need a little bit of careful planning and implementation of a few injury prevention strategies. The Shoulder Injury Prevention Program (SHIPP) for throwers is specifically designed to reduce the risk of shoulder injuries by assisting you in the five key areas of our “Keeping You in the Game” formula.
Our KLIPP Program has been adapted specifically toward the prevention of ACL injuries and has been shown to significantly reduce non-contact ACL injuries. 4,6 It consists of a warm-up, stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, agilities and a cool down to address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilizing muscles around the knee joint. It is important that proper technique is used during all of the exercises. Coaches and trainers need to emphasize correct posture, straight up and down jumps without excessive side-to-side movement, and reinforce soft landings. The program should be completed 3 times a week and should take approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete, with a cool down to follow. Alongside each exercise, a box has been provided showing the approximate amount of time that should be spent on each activity.
Hockey is a fast-paced, intense sport that requires quick bursts of acceleration, deceleration and sudden changes in direction. These dynamic movements place a considerable amount of tension on the adductor (groin) muscle groups.
Groin strains are one of the most common ice-hockey injuries and the majority of groin injuries do not result from contact.
Our GRIPP program has been designed specifically toward the prevention of initial and recurrent groin injuries and has been shown to significantly reduce groin injuries. It consists of a warm-up, stretching, strengthening, plyometrics (ballistic) movement, agility training and a cool-down. It focuses on general strengthening as well as functional strengthening of the adductor muscle group. Contact us today for more information on this ground-breaking program!
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