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Strengthen your endurance and muscle strength with sports physiotherapy
We all know that physical activity brings a multitude of benefits to the individual. These benefits can be psychological, cognitive and physical. However, sports also present some risks. Indeed, the practice of sports can cause certain types of sports injuries, which can be traumatic or due to overuse related to repetitive or excessive movements.
There is a wide range of common injuries among athletes. One of the most common is the knee sprain, a musculoskeletal condition that is quite common among soccer players. In addition, this type of injury can sometimes be accompanied by ligament tears, including the infamous anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), as well as associated meniscus tears. Baseball throwers are also likely to suffer injuries such as shoulder dislocations due to the large range of motion required in external rotation.
We know that contact sports such as hockey and football can be very hard on the human body. It is not uncommon to see some people suffer concussions after a game a bit too intense. But did you know that your physiotherapist can help you? In fact, whether for a concussion or for issues related to repetitive movements, such as tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, consulting a physiotherapist can bring you a lot of relief.
So, whether you’re struggling with a lumbar sprain due to weightlifting or a lateral epicondylitis, also called “tennis elbow” after your last tennis season, do not hesitate to consult a physiotherapist at one of our clinics.
Sports injury management
Sports physiotherapy is an approach that aims to work with athletes to treat their injuries and return them to the game as quickly and efficiently as possible. The role of the physiotherapist is primarily to support the athlete in his return to action after an injury, and to prevent recurrence or other injuries. The follow-up consists of an interdisciplinary approach, which means that various health professionals including a doctor, a physiotherapist, a sports therapist, a massage therapist, a nutritionist or a psychologist can work as a team according to the patient’s needs. These different stakeholders will constantly follow up with the coach and the athlete. The physiotherapist is often the professional who will advise and follow the athlete during rehabilitation. If necessary, he can refer to other professionals.
The sports physiotherapy approach consists of different treatments. The physiotherapist will first complete a detailed fitness and injury evaluation in order to explain the treatment plan created for you. He can also explain the steps to take to return to sport.
At the very beginning of the treatment, the condition may still be acute. In this case, the treatment of sports injuries begins with interventions such as rest, application of ice, compression and elevation to reduce edema, inflammation and pain.
The interventions will mainly consist of manual therapy to treat stiffness, correction of sports gestures, analgesia if the injury is painful and teaching reinforcement, motor control and mobility exercises to practice at home. The physiotherapist may also use tapings to correct a movement pattern or to stabilize a joint. In short, the physiotherapist will analyze your sporting gesture and then help you improve your movement pattern. This will help reduce your injuries and improve your athletic performance. This approach is also relevant for athletes wishing to prevent injuries and not only to heal them.
During the physiotherapy sessions, you will have to use several devices to improve your muscular strength, endurance, stability or proprioception. Your physiotherapist may recommend the purchase of certain equipment that will allow you to continue your exercise program at home. Free weights will be used to work the muscular strength while devices like the Bosu and the Dynadisc will be used for balance and proprioception. Often, it will be necessary to practice the sporting movements with the equipment typically used during the sport before returning to the activities. To do so, your physiotherapist may ask you to bring some equipment related to your sport.
The various steps
When you’re ready, consult a physiotherapist at one of our CMI clinics. He or she will be your guide through the various stages of the return to action. Here is a brief summary of the steps to follow:
- Fitness exercise and warm up (controlled environment)
- Sport specific exercises alone on the field (without then with equipment)
- Training with 1 to 3 teammates
- Complete team training
- Return to the game
It is therefore important to follow your physiotherapist’s recommendations to avoid an early return to the sport that could worsen your injury. At CMI, our health professionals and sports physiotherapists will take the time to teach you the specificities related to your sport.
In short, whether you are a recreational athlete or a high-level or professional athlete, early management is important in sports physiotherapy. Visit one of our integrated medicine centers and make an appointment in sports physiotherapy.