Whether you are a professional athlete training for the next big competition, or you have a New Year’s resolution to get back into shape, sports injuries are inevitable. Due to the high impact and high velocity at which sport takes place, our bodies are much more susceptible to damage. Sports injuries can take form in all shapes and sizes; whether you have a new and acute or chronic injury, there are different sports therapy treatments that you are able to receive to help you get back on track.

What is a sports physiotherapist?

A sports physiotherapist is one who has been specifically trained to identify and treat sports injuries. They help amateur and professional athletes alike by:

  • Assessing and diagnosing sports injuries
  • Planning treatment programmes tailored to aid recovery
  • Monitoring an athlete’s treatment and progress

They obtain qualifications in a whole range of treatment methods in order to be able to tackle any sports condition and provide and holistic approach to treatment.

Sports Physiotherapy

Often when talking about sports therapy, people just think that this involves some general exercises to get the unused muscles moving again. However, sports physiotherapy deals specifically with sports injuries, so it takes the process of traditional physiotherapy much further. If you are a professional athlete, it makes sense to have a sports physiotherapist on hand; not only do they treat problems after they arise, but they also provide screening, which will help spot potential injuries before they occur! A sports therapist might use a range of techniques, including ultrasound, joint manipulation and mobilization or perhaps provide functional fascial taping.

What happens during Sports Therapy?

There has been confusion between sports therapy and physiotherapy, but sports therapists have been trained to focus on the rehabilitation of sports injuries in particular, whereas physiotherapists are rather multi-disciplinary. Sports therapy, depending on your injury, may include a whole range of procedures, including, but not limited to:

  • Professional advice and guidance
  • Electrotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Biomechanics and technique review

Sports Massage

A sports massage is different from a regular massage that is designed to help you relax; they are tailored to the needs of athletes who take part in regular training and need to be relieved from the muscular aches and pains they suffer from. Sports massages have gained a reputation for being rather painful. Whilst sports therapists who perform these massages do use techniques that apply more pressure to the concerned areas, you should not be in too much discomfort during your massages. These massages are designed to improve the blood flow to your connective tissues and muscles and regular treatments are recommended in order to help speed up muscle recovery. Sports massages should not be left until you start to feel the tension or the strain in your muscles; the sooner after a rigorous training session you receive the massage, the better. If you would like to learn more about how Cute Injury could help you, get in touch...

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