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How Physiotherapy Can Help Athletes?

How Physiotherapy Can Help Athletes?

Sports injuries have sidelined many athletes for games, seasons, and worse, careers. Coping with sports injuries often requires physical rehabilitation. Physiotherapy helps athletes to rebuild strength and movement in parts of their body after an injury. Physiotherapy encompasses athletic injury management in 5 stages:

  • Acute care:

It involves assessment of the initial injury. The first step is to diagnose the extent of the injury. Following a thorough check-up, our physiotherapists will visually and manually assess painful structures, to look at your posture, alignment and symmetry, to feel for any changes in joint shape, swelling or inflammation and to assess range and quality of movements, in order to make a well informed clinical diagnosis of the problem.

  • Treatment:

It refers to the application of specialist advice and techniques to encourage healing. After carefully analyzing your injury, our physiotherapists will determine the best course of action. Physiotherapy is the combination of art and science involving massage, therapeutic physical activities, and scientific procedures to achieve the following goals:

  1. to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
  2. to reduce pain and stiffness through joint mobilization and manipulation
  3. to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, improve movement and function
  4. to remove barriers to function
  • Rehabilitation:

It refers to progressive management for full return to sport. Once significant progress is made in healing, strength training is initiated to regain stability and reduce the chances of re-injury. Generally, an athlete will want to return to playing as quickly as possible, and our sports physiotherapists will work with you to regain the strength needed before you return to active practice or competition. The training and strength building are sport specific, allowing the player to be fully prepared to participate again, as soon as possible.

  • Prevention:

Sports physical therapy practice involves specially designed therapeutic measures to help the athletically-active individual to prevent injuries or continue their activity with minimal disruption with an existing injury. This area of treatment includes pre-participation training, screening, equipment recommendations or cardiovascular fitness programs to prevent associated injuries and improve the client’s physical endurance.

  • Education:

This stage involves in making the athlete aware about how to perform better with correct techniques. In this last stage, our physiotherapists focus on educating the athlete about the importance of right posture, rest and exercises. They not only aim to mentally prepare the athlete to perform as soon as possible but also coach him or her on how to stay fit by adopting more healthier options.

Physiotherapy is a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of sports related injuries. Instead of coming to us, we help you with your pain and mobility in the comfort of your home. HCR Solutions’ physio experts will help you to get back to your sport with optimal healing techniques and therapeutic modalities.