SPORTS INJURIES

Sport is an important day to day activity for many of us now, and it involves individuals of all shapes and sizes and people from all age groups and this may be simple for leisure to keep fit or it can be undertaken in a highly competitive and elite nature. The youth players are increasingly vulnerable in sport as their bodies are growing and are often expected to perform to high standards and with that come exceptional physical demands on their own body.

Injuries are inevitable and common place due to the amount of stress and compaction on the body. Many injuries are due to overuse for example tennis elbow, golfers elbow and hamstring strain. The injuries can be due to lack of stretching or minimal warm ups or warm downs pre and post work out respectively; and this could happen in the gym leading to bicep tears or rotator cuff injuries.

Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that the player cannot perform to the same level as they used to, an example of this: golfers who cannot swing their waste as well as they used to and this also applies to tennis, squash, badminton players etc.

An osteopath can help maintain and restore structural balance joint stability and mobility and improve performance as well as treat injuries. An osteopath willhelp reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.

Osteopathy can be extremely helpful improving muscle tone, encouraging suppleness of the body and keeping fit.