Sports Rehab

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Sports Rehab

Sports Physiotherapy is a special branch of physiotherapy which deals with sports conditions and injuries.

Sports injuries are way different than regular injuries. Level of performance and stress on the body makes it different area to be worked upon even for same type of condition, the management and rehabilitation would be different. E.g. tennis elbow in a sports player and a housewife. The aim is to make athletes recover from injuries, and bring awareness to prevent injuries.

A well planned exercise program will allow the athlete to return to activity in the safest manner minimizing the risk of re-injury. An expert sports physiotherapist helps to prevent and manage injuries of any sports, age, level and capability.

From a leisure time player to a professional athletes,everyone is prone to injuries in any kind of sports activity. Professionals are more prone to injuries due to the excessive wear and tear as per the demands of competitive sport.
Injuries are typical to every sports and depends on the athlete’s tensegrity as well.There are endless injuries for which rehabilitation must be customized in accordance to the player’s ability of tissue healing.The individualized correct exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help them to reach their track quickly after an injury.

Role of a Physiotherapist

An experienced and expert physiotherapist should be present for the complete rehabilitation program,to ensure the injury to be recovered in a controlled supervised way.
The individual should be first assessed,diagnosed,treated and rehabilitated in a very safe and secure manner.

The physiotherapist must educate the player about the various stretching,strengthening and biomechanical involvements to avoid further injuries.
A sports physiotherapist can help in assessing muscle imbalance and other functional requirements of a particular sport.
Sports-specific protocol is a must for any type of injury to get rehabilitated and return to sports.
The physiotherapist helps to maintain balance between rest and exercise to recover in an optimal manner.


Don’t wait for an Injury !!

An injury is obviously the last thing any athlete would want. There is a lack of awareness about the prevention of injuries in India and other countries. Recurrence of an injury is another major concern in any sports player’s life, reason being improper and inadequate
Very few people know that a physiotherapist helps not only with treating and rehabilitating injuries, but also in preventing injuries. Whether you play professional sports or just started trying your bit, seeking help from a physiotherapist in your trainings, treating injuries and
even avoiding those injuries.
If you want to improve athletic performance and minimize injury, then consult a physiotherapist today. A preventive and proactive approach is utmost.

Customized exercise protocol helps you return to proper function, improve mobility, avoid recurrent injuries,reduce injury susceptibility and helps to return to sports.
Proper diagnosis of an injury is the key to any gold medal of an athlete.

Sports Injury Rehabilitation includes -

1.acute sports injuries
4.muscle repair
5.tendon repair
6.ligament repairs
8.hand injuries
9.shoulder dislocation
10.foot or ankle conditions rehabilitation and lots more

“Rehabilitation” is derived from the Latin word re-,meaning “again” and habitare, meaning “make fit.”
Injuries can be macrotraumatic or microtraumatic in nature which can be diagnosed by a sports medicine specialist or an expert physiotherapist.

Principles of Sports injury rehabilitation

Seven priniciples which lay the foundation of any successful rehabilitation program -

Avoid aggravation - Exercises if done in an aggravated manner in order to improve faster can make the injury worse.
Timing - ‘The sooner the better’,rehab program should be started as soon the rest period needed is over. Too much rest can become a problem in recovery.
Compliance - if the patient is not compliant, the
rehabilitation program will not be successful. Patient
should be well informed about the duration and other
details of the whole journey.
Individualization – Every person has a different response
system, hence the rehab program is customized to each
individual’s injury and healing response.
Specific sequencing – The exercise program should
follow a sequence of exercise to promote healing in a
proper way.

Intensity – the intensity should not be too vigorous or
too low.

Fundamental components of Rehabilitation -

Irrespective of the injury,there are few fundamentals of rehabilitation which should be considered -

1.Pain Management through electrotherapy,manual therapy, dry needling, iastm, soft tissue techniques etc.
2.Flexibility and Joint ROM through manual therapy,stretchings,exercises,dry needling,etc.
3.Strength and Endurance through exercise programmes.
4.Proprioception and Coordination through exercises.
5.Functional Rehabilitation through functional activities.
6.The use of Orthotics to provide support and stability when required.
7.Psychology of Injury through discussing and motivating the patient.

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