Sports Injury Management
Our physiotherapists enjoy sport and being physically active, and many of them have followed their passion to work with elite athletes and sporting teams. They also love helping people achieve their goals. So whether you’re a weekend warrior, compete at an amateur or sub-elite level, or are on the cusp of making it at the elite level, you can be assured that you are receiving the same level of care as some of the nation’s greatest athletes .
Injury Prevention & Screening
Prevention is always better than a cure, and the risk of many injuries can be significantly reduced with the appropriate conditioning, training program, load monitoring, and flexibility. Recent research has shown highly significant decreases in injury with specific rehabilitation programs.
In accordance with the latest research, we have developed an assessment and screening program which consists of a number of tests that are used at an elite level to identify:
- Areas that may impede performance or are at risk of injury.
- Deficits in muscle power, endurance, flexibility, and control.
This includes a video analysis of your sport if appropriate (eg running, rowing, cycling).
These tests have been developed from our association with:
- West Coast Eagles
- West Australian Institute of Sport and Australian Institute of Sport
- Rowing Australia
- Independent Girls School Sports Association
- Cricket Australia
- Curtin University
We provide a specific program aimed at both reducing the risk of injury, as well as enhancing athletic performance. Our screens require roughly one hour to complete.
Upon completion, you will receive a full report on the findings from the screen, and we will also liaise with your coach, parents, personal trainer, or doctor as required.
With all problems and injuries that are assessed, the physiotherapists at Body Logic ensure you are left with a clear understanding and plan of how to work towards changing these issues.
Aspects physiotherapists include in the management plans include:
- Education about your problem and its causes.
- A list of ways to address both the current symptoms and longer-term causes.
- An estimated time frame required for improvement.
- An estimated time frame for return to sport.
- Development of a weekly diary to help fit in the rehab program.
- Specific exercises demonstrated and documented.
- Hands-on treatment requirements to combine with the exercise components.
- Specific referral options for medical, massage, podiatry, and personal trainers as required.
Hands on Treatment
Depending on your problem the physiotherapist may need to use some form of hands on treatment as a part of your management. This is used regularly in sports physiotherapy to help improve mobility, reduce muscle tension, ease muscle pain, or better prepare the body for sports participation.
The different types of hands on treatment we may use include:
- Massage; including deep tissue, myofascial release and trigger point work.
- Mobilisation; movement of the joints through oscillation.
- Stretches; hold/relax stretches, push/pull, dynamic type stretching and mobility work.
- Dry needling/acupuncture; addressing active trigger points within muscles.
Physiotherapists also like to demonstrate different ways you can become more independent with some of these techniques. Self massage is a very common and inexpensive way to assist your rehab.
Exercise is one of the most important aspects of sports injury management. The type of exercises given to each patient will be based on a thorough assessment and related specifically to each individual’s requirements.
An exercise program will often involve a combination of:
- Stretches/mobility activities.
- Strength work with body weight, resistance bands, weights, gym equipment.
- Proprioception and balance activities.
- Cardiovascular components with bike, treadmill/running/walking, rower, swimming, or whatever works best for each specific case.
- Sports specific activities to help retrain the injury ready for return to sport.
Some specific examples of programs we set can be seen in the following links:
Dry Needling is a technique used by physiotherapists to treat pain arising from pain sensitive muscles, involving the placement of a needle into a tender point. These tender points can be painful to touch and can produce significant pain over a large area. They may also be too deep to be effectively treated by other treatment techniques and the treatment is often less painful.
Physiotherapists may use dry needling in combination with other forms of treatment including exercises, education and massage. Like all treatments it can be a piece of the puzzle utilised to get the best outcome.
Dry Needling can be used for:
- Neck and back pain and stiffness
- Tight Hamstrings and calf muscles
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Shoulder and hip pain