Injury prevention is important for any sport or workout activity but now so more than ever. As restrictions continue to ease in WA and our beloved community clubs and elite sports have restarted again, it is imperative to think about a safe return to sport to minimize sports-related injuries. Ensuring sports injury prevention is at the front of our minds when getting back into physical activities will allow us to reduce the risk of injuries and maintain our bodies in the best possible physical condition in order to keep playing the sport we love for longer.
According to research conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost 60,000 people were hospitalized due to a sports-related injury from 2016–2017. The study also found that most common sporting injuries tend to occur in the hip and lower limbs (including knee injuries and hamstring strains). Sporting injuries typically occur when excessive demand or stress is placed upon our muscles, ligaments and bones. This can be due to unsafe training techniques, structural abnormalities and weaknesses in muscle groups and joints. We can be afflicted by two kinds of sports injuries, acute and chronic. Acute injuries are injuries that occur suddenly, such as an ankle sprain, caused by improper landing. Chronic injuries tend to be more prolonged and are caused by a repeated overuse and strain of muscles and joints.
Physiotherapy can significantly reduce the risk of injuries if a highly specific and targeted sports injury prevention program is used. Sports physiotherapists conduct full body assessments to identify which area of the body is the weakest and prescribe a combination of strength and conditioning exercises to train up our muscles and protect our ligaments.
No matter where you are – in the clinic or online, our expert physiotherapy team will always be there to help you achieve your goals. Book a consultation today with one of our highly skilled physiotherapists or call 9091 1739 to ensure you are achieving optimal performance with minimal risk of sporting injuries.