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Regular activity and exercise is proven to be extremely important in preventing and managing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, as well as maintaining longevity and health.

Unfortunately during physical activity injuries can occur and these can usually be categorized as either being an acute or an overuse injury depending on how the injury occurred and the symptoms experienced.

Injuries sustained during sport can include injuries to bone, articular cartilage, joint, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bursa, nerves or the skin.

It is extremely important that injuries sustained during sport are correctly and thoroughly assessed and treated, if necessary, to prevent any long term complications to specific structures as well as overall health.

Body Logic physio have great staff with years of experience to help address all of these needs.

Hamstring Strains

Hamstring muscle injuries are common and represent a significant proportion of all muscle injuries: 50% in sprinting, 40% in soccer (Yeung et al, 2009) and 14% in Australian Rules football (Gabbe et al, 2006)

The hamstring muscle group consists of three main muscles: biceps femoris, semimembranosus and semitendinosis.

Hamstring muscle strains or tears usually occur in one of two ways:

  • A high speed injury usually during sprinting where the athlete will feel a sharp pull in the mid to upper part of the hamstring
  • A stretching type injury usually when the hamstring muscle group is put on a great deal of stretch eg. During kicking or side tackling

Rehabilitating and seeking early management for both of these types of hamstring injuries is extremely important as often athletes return to sport too early and re-tear their hamstrings or cause another injury as a result of inadequate rehabilitation (Heiderscheit et al 2010).

It is also extremely important to ascertain if there are any pre-disposing factors to a hamstring strain, such as running/kicking technique/biomechanics, muscle strength in the hamstrings and surrounding areas, and muscle length.

Groin Pain

Groin pain frequently occurs in sports involving twisting and kicking such as soccer, AFL and rugby union and league.

Symptoms can arise from various structures including the adductor (groin) muscles, tendons, the hip joint, pubic symphysis, referral pain from the lumbar spine, sportsman's hernia, stress fractures, femoro-acetabular impingement and other surrounding structures.

It is important to not only determine the specific structure that is causing the pain but also through a thorough assessment determine if injuries are as a result of longstanding imbalances in muscle strength, muscle length, joint range of motion and or muscle control and biomechanics.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle injuries are extremely common, it has been suggested that ankle injuries account for 10-30% of all sports injuries. Lateral ankle sprains are the most common, accounting for 77% of all ankle sprains (Fong et al., 2007).

Early assessment and beginning a rehabilitation program is paramount to ensure appropriate return to sport and prevent re-sprain or further injury. The re-injury rates are reported to be as high as 34% (van Rijn et al., 2008).

If the rehabilitation is not adequate or the return to activity or sport is too rapid there is the potential for chronic ankle instability which can lead to early onset osteoarthritis (Harrington, 1979).

Treatment and rehabilitation needs to focus on restoring joint mobility, muscle length, muscle strength, joint stability and functional stability before a return to sport.

Post Op Rehab

Our rehabilitation facilities are first class with an onsite gym including new pilates equipment, functional training equipment, cardiovascular equipment including stationary bikes, a treadmill and a rowing ergometer, all overlooking an amazing view of the Swan River.

Our initial appointments are an hour to ensure a thorough evaluation and assessment of your presenting complaint, as well as allowing a comprehensive treatment and management plan.

We offer both one-on-one gym based and pilates based exercise sessions and group based strength and conditioning and pilates sessions.

Our Physiotherapists work side by side with the Orthopaedic Surgeons at Coastal Orthopaedics (right next door!) to deliver the most appropriate treatment at the appropriate time for our patients.

Musculoskeletal/Sports Screening

Your Coach, Physician, Specialist, Podiatrist, Physiotherapist or Physical Education Teacher may have referred you to Body Logic Physiotherapy for a Sports/Musculoskeletal/Biomechanical Screening Assessment.

What is it:

  • We have developed, in accordance with the latest research, a screening program which consists of a number of tests that are used at the Elite level of sport.
  • These tests help to identify areas that are at risk of injury or may impede performance.
  • The areas tested include muscle power, muscle endurance, muscle length, functional testing, core testing, motor control, sport specific movements etc, as well as video capture of running/rowing/cycle technique for analysis.
  • These tests have been collaborated through our association with the AFL, West Coast Eagles, West Australian Insititute of Sport, Rowing Australia, Cricket Australia, Curtin University and the Australian Institute of Sport.
  • Not every sport has the same requirements on the body which is why we have general musculoskeletal screening as well as specific screening for specific sports to ensure that the body is able to achieve the necessary aspects for the given sport.
  • By identifying areas that are at risk of injury and or impede performance, we are then able to target a specific program aimed at both eliminating these potential injury risk areas as well as improving athletic performance.

What do I need to bring:

The screening takes roughly one hour to complete.

Athletes should wear appropriate clothing to allow for a full assessment. For men this means shorts, and for women shorts and crop top or bathers is appropriate.

On completion of the assessment you will receive a full report on the findings and conclusions from the screening on the areas that require improvement/management.

We will also liase with your referring coach, physician etc on request and if appropriate to discuss the management strategies to improve your performance and or lower injury risk factors.

Research References

Burnett, A., Cornelius, A., Dankaerts, W. & O’Sullivan P.B. (2004). Spinal kinematics and trunk muscle activity in cyclists: a comparison between healthy controls and non-specific chronic low back pain subjects. Manual Therapy, 9, 211-219.

Perich D, Burnett A, O’Sullivan P, Perkin C., (2011) Low back pain in adolescent female rowers: a multi-dimensional intervention study, Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, 19, 20-28.

Thorpe A, O’Sullivan P, Burnett A, Caneira JP (2009) The efficacy of a specific physiotherapy intervention for the prevention of low back pain in female adolescent rowers: a field study, New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 36 (2) 38-46.

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