Sports Injuries

Our physiotherapists are experts in sports injury treatment and prevention. We assess, diagnose and treat everything from acute injuries to chronic niggles and significant trauma.

Sports injuries range from mild but acute pulls to more involved sprains, strains, and fractures. Common sports injuries include ankle ligament sprains, knee joint injuries, shoulder (rotator cuff) injuries, and shin splints.

If you have suffered a sports injury, it is beneficial to seek an assessment as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to protect the area, rest, apply ice or heat, offload the joint, take pain medication, or undergo physiotherapy to help you recover.

Preventing sports injuries is also important. Good preparation for exercise eg wearing proper protective gear and appropriate footwear, gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your exercise routine, and maintaining good technique and form can all help reduce the risk of injury.

Sports injuries can be painful (and extremely frustrating), but with proper treatment and rehabilitation, you can get back to your sport or activity as quickly and safely as possible.

Recovery from acute sports injury starts immediately. We will manage your recovery from the initial phase all the way through to return to your chosen sport, addressing factors such as biomechanics and training plans to minimise risk of re-injury. Rehabilitation may progress from 1:1 treatment to management in our dedicated gym area, to referral into one of our classes (Pilates, upper limb, lower limb) or hydrotherapy.

Our close links with sports doctors, orthopaedic consultants and podiatrists ensure a smooth referral on to the appropriate person when needed.

Whatever your level of sport we can help you get back on your feet quickly, safely and painlessly.

This is provided as general information only and is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice.

Golf injuries

Areas susceptible to injury in golf include wrist, elbow, shoulder and spine. Golf requires a static position in combination with shoulder and spine rotation to generate force on connection with the ball.

In the wind-up phase or backswing, force translates from the torso through the arm. In this phase poor technique or muscle control can lead to muscular or joint strain. The power of the swing occurs through the downswing and acceleration, transferring from the torso to the arm and on to the ball -  at this point trauma may occur at the wrist or elbow.

Some injuries may not be immediately obvious, occurring over time. Repetitive overloading of the wrist, elbow and shoulder can lead to ‘overuse’ injuries in these joints often resulting in pain. The elbow is most often affected, hence the term ‘golfers elbow’ (an umbrella term used for pain stemming from the structures on the inner side of the elbow) 

This is provided as general information only and is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice.

Cricket Injuries

Common acute injuries include impact injuries to the fingers following contact with the cricket ball. The impact of the ball on the bat, or more directly on the hands with catching, can transfer to fingers, hands and wrists causing injury to ligaments, muscles, tendons and bones.

Injuries through repeated movement or overuse may occur in the shoulder, back and knee particularly as a result of bowling and throwing.

In the shoulder, muscle tears and impingement often occur from repeated throwing or poor throwing technique.

Back pain often occurs as a result of bowling (particularly pace bowling) where the stress of propelling the cricket ball is focused in the low back. Poor technique or muscle control can be contributing factors.

Also when bowling or throwing, the stress impact of planting the leg prior to releasing the ball can cause stress of the cartilage, bones and ligaments of the knee.

In the management of sports injuries, physiotherapy will incorporate analysis of sports specific technique and targeted exercises to promote good technique through the rehabilitation process, and advice around managing return to play.

This is provided as general information only and is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice.