Physiotherapy for Athletes

(Last Updated On: August 23, 2017)

Injuries and physical strain are a part and parcel of an athlete’s life. While a physiotherapist deals with injuries on a regular basis, a sports physiotherapist’s job is different. Sports physiotherapists don’t merely help their clients get over injury or deal with issues such as arthritis, their therapeutic techniques are especially tailored for clients who will continue to push their limits. A sports physiotherapist’s role doesn’t just arrive in the event of injury, but is constant in the life of an athlete.

Managing strain and improving performance 

Athletes put an exceptional amount of strain on their muscles and joints. Without advice and assistance from a medical professional, the risk of injury increases depending on the sport the athlete is involved in and the amount of training they undertake. Sessions with a sports physiotherapist are not only designed to reduce the strain on the sports person’s body in order to reduce risk of injury, but they are also designed to let them know their risk areas and learn how to better take care of their body while training.

Prevention of injury is a huge part of a sports physiotherapist’s job. They utilize different methods of movement assessment in order to determine whether their client is prone to any specific injuries and take steps to prevent them. These steps might be therapeutic, involving mechanical pressure and movements, or they might be in the form of advice that the client can keep in mind while training or planning their meals and medication schedule.

1Treating injury 

Sports physiotherapists are often crucial parts of a sports team because they are trained in diagnosis of injuries and as well as performing the initial care for such. While they are trained to perform initial care, a sports physiotherapist’s real role comes in during the long run, while the client is in recovery and after recovery, when the client resumes training. A sports physiotherapist will aid your recovery process through therapeutic techniques that involve pressure and movement and advise you on how to take care of your injury throughout the healing process.

Once you have recovered, the physiotherapy sessions will involve techniques that reduce strain on the body part that is injured. Even after recovery, the effects on the injury might remain on the injured limb for an indefinite amount of time. The effects of major bone and muscle damage never disappear completely. And while a sports physiotherapist will make sure, during the recovery process, that the long term effects of the injury are minimal at best, the area of your injury will never go back to being the same as it was. This will not only necessitate regular physiotherapy sessions but a sports physiotherapist will also be able to analyze how to best maintain the formerly injured area in order to avoid strain related injuries in the future and best utilize it as well.

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Sreedevi Madhavan manages the content at Portea. She has 6 years of experience writing and managing medical content relevant to the patient and physician community. She also writes blogs for self-development, a handiwork of which can be seen at: Sreedevi’s motto in life is “Keep learning, as learning keeps us young and dreams keep us alive.”



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