Do you have a sports injury?
From the weekend runner to the Olympic athlete, we offer specialised therapy to improve your recovery and fast track your return to sport. The physiotherapist conducts a biomechanical assessment and/or an equipment analysis, as the injury may be the result of faulty or inappropriate equipment (such as the wrong running shoes), rather than an issue relating to technique.
Throwing and racquet sports require dynamic arm and torso movements – so a rotator cuff tear or strain is a common shoulder injury. Symptoms include pain while lifting the arm and loss of power. If there are signs of clunking or marked restrictions, then more serious damage may be present, and a more in-depth clinical examination is required. Every shoulder injury is different, so exercises options could include, Gyrotonic® exercises, Pilates, Weights, and Body Blade exercises. Physio Gym also offers specialised shoulder rehabilitation on the Gyrotonic Pulley and crank towers, and on the Gyrotoner.
Cycling, running and jumping sports often cause patellofemoral pain due to maltracking of the knee cap. Symptoms often include pain on the inside of the knee joint, and difficulty walking up stairs or squatting. If you have locking, grating, giving way or marked swelling, a thorough clinical assessment is required. Recovery options include use of the Pilates Reformer and Wunda Chair quad strength and alignment, and development of endurance using the Leg Extension unit.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries. Often these go untreated, leading to major instability in the future, and even early arthritis. If there is marked swelling and you have difficulty walking, you require quick intervention to set the ligaments and may need an Xray. If you have marked swelling and no pain, this is still a concern that must be addressed, requiring more detailed investigation and management. Taping and dynamic casting may be necessary, so early management is critical. Training of the ankle must be tailored back to the sports you play.
Physio Gym sport rehabilitation process
- Diagnosis – in some injuries, further investigations such as X-rays or MRI may be considered
- Pain management, joint stabilisation, restoration of range program set
- Localised strengthening and stabilisation
- Correct alignment issues that may be contributing to injury and reduced function
- Sport-specific rehabilitation
- Exercise on gym, cardio, Pilates, Gyrotonic® and skills-based agility equipment
- Biomechanical analysis of sporting movements
- Ongoing prescription of exercises, braces and taping to prevent recurrences
- Return to sport, on-field rehabilitation testing
Sports physiotherapy pre-season screening
Physio Gym can offer clubs and schools pre-season screening options, which are invaluable in preventing injuries during the sporting season, and maximise the athletes’ and coaches’ ability to work as a team and get the best results.
- Past injuries and how they are managed
- Muscle length
- Body alignment
- Restricted joints or poor body mechanics
- Torso strength
- Based on individual sports
- On-field behaviours.
Physio Gym sports physiotherapy biomechanical analysis
Physio Gym has the capacity to assess the following on-site:
- Running or sprinting styles on treadmill
- Foot biomechanics
- Riding technique
- Tennis serves
- Rowing technique (on Concept 2 rower)
- Power lifting techniques
- Squats technique
- Dance assessments, from plie to jete.
Return to sport on-field rehabilitation testing
Some injuries require clearance before returning to sports. Physio Gym offers on-field sporting simulation and assessment to challenge an athletes’ capacity to move safely and efficiently enough to get back in the game. Assessments may be conducted in a park, or at Physio Gym.