Practice makes perfect. But if your practice is not perfect, practice might cause pain. Whether your chosen sport is explosive, unpredictable, thrill seeking or repetitive it is common to encounter injuries, inefficiencies or dysfunctions that will slow you down or prevent you from progressing.
At Spire Roding Hospital you can be assessed by a physiotherapist with a special interest in sports. If you have an injury the physiotherapist will first look for signs of serious structural problems such as a ligament rupture or severely damaged cartilage. If there are signs of serious structural damage you will be referred to a specialist consultant for further investigation. In the absence of a serious structural problem the assessment will delve further in to the cause of your dysfunction.
A dysfunction might be a repetitive movement that strains a
certain area, a weak or overactive muscle or a restriction in your body that limits your performance.
At Spire Roding Hospital we use video movement analysis and
an instrumented treadmill with built in force plates and movement retraining system. This sounds very technical, and it is! What this means is that the treadmill will accurately measure the pressure that is taken through different parts of your feet during movement to identify if you are moving in a way that might cause you an injury. The video analysis can be used to watch what happens to your joints during a fast or repetitive movement. This information can then be used to identify why you have an injury, to improve your technique to avoid an injury, or even to improve your performance. Biomechanics assessment often requires a detailed look at your sport, your technique and the abilities and limitations of your body.
Once your limiting factor has been identified treatment can be started.
Treatments offered include
- Joint mobilisations
- Soft tissue release
- Neural desensitisation strategies
- Movement correction exercises
- Strength and endurance training
- Range of movement exercises
- Education to improve understanding
- Biomechanics retraining
- Sports specific movement correction and rehabilitation
- Aquatic (swimming pool) therapy
- Clinical Pilates
Once your treatment is complete your physiotherapist can give you advice specific to your sport, your body and its quirks in order to maximise your performance, comfort and longevity.
When you phone the team please ask to see a sports specialist physiotherapist and mention if you take part in any of the following sports:
- Racquet sports
Download our Sport Specific Physiotherapy Care leaflet