Tuesday, 27 October 2015 05:11

Sports Injuries

The one thing that every athlete dreads hearing from their sports doctor or physio when they have an injury is “you need to rest”. However this generally does not mean complete rest, it means to minimise the load on the injured body part to allow it to heal more quickly, then slowly reintroduce higher loads and graduated return to normal sporting activity.Shoulder_injury.jpg

Usually there are many activities an athlete or sports person can continue with, to maintain their fitness and continue to improve their key skills. Often this is a good opportunity to introduce some cross training which will work different parts of the body, which is also good for overall athletic development.

If it is necessary to minimise weight-bearing loads, such as with an Achilles tendon strain, then exercise in the water, or upper body exercises in the gym would likely be appropriate. Hydrotherapy is an excellent means to keep up sports fitness, as the buoyancy of the water helps to unload injured joints and soft tissues, and the water also provides resistance to movement in all directions which allows for gentle strengthening.

In the case of a shoulder or arm injury, there are many options available to maintain fitness that will not stress the upper limb. Unilateral (single arm) exercises using the non injured arm can be performed in the gym, and many forms of cardio training such as running, exercise bike and modified swimming using a kickboard can be utilised.

For expert advice on maintaining fitness during, and rehabilitation from sports injuries, talk to our Physiotherapist or one of our Exercise Physiologists, who can set you on the path back to full injury free fitness for sport.