Article by Zoe Russell

What is Prehabilitation?

To help prevent injuries, sports physiotherapists have begun to employ what they call “prehabilitation” strategies.

Prehabilitation is essentially preventive injury risk assessment and training to prevent the problem before it happens.

3 Phases of Prehabilitation

The three phases needed to come up with a good prehabilitation plan are:

  1. Analyzing an uninjured player’s posture, joint alignment, flexibility, muscle control, biomechanics, core stability and movement patterns,
  2. Understanding the risks of the sport itself, and
  3. Considering other specifics such as the player’s position.

Following these three steps, your sports physiotherapist can better predict injury risk. They can then develop specific training programs to help you prevent common overuse and other sports injuries.

What Exercises Are Best?

Prehabilitation exercises and techniques are sports-specific. They can even be athlete-specific, as they highlight the predominant muscle movement patterns present in the position they play sport. A goalkeeper, for example, will have different athletic requirements to a field player.

Prehabilitation Benefits

Prehabilitation helps you to:

  • achieve normal static and dynamic posture
  • correct muscle length imbalance, joint alignment and flexibility
  • normalise core stability (upper, lower and left vs right)
  • enhance muscle endurance, strength and power
  • boost movement pattern efficiency; and
  • enhance proprioception, which is the ability for your mind to sense the position of different joints related to the rest of the body.

Obviously, the prehabilitation approach for each sport and position (e.g. defender vs attacker) within those sports will differ. That’s why it is important to seek the advice of a sports physiotherapist with interest in your sport.

How to Arrange Pre-Injury Screening

If you are interested in either individual, team or club sports screening or prehabilitation programs, please get in touch with PhysioWorkss today. You’ll benefit from improved performance and a lower injury rate. PhysioWorks offers club, school, team and individual pre-injury screening, injury risk profiling and injury-prevention strategies.

Article by Zoe Russell

Sports Physiotherapy FAQs

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Sports Physiotherapy is the specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to spokespeople. Practitioners with additional formal training within Australia are Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists.

What is Sports Physiotherapy?

Sports injuries do differ from common everyday injuries. Athletes usually require high-level performance and demands placed upon their bodies, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. Sports physiotherapists help athletes recover from sporting injuries and provide education and resources to prevent problems. Each sports physiotherapist usually has sport-specific knowledge that addresses acute, chronic and overuse injuries. Their services are generally available to sportsmen and women of all ages engaged in sports at any level of competition.

Members of Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA) have experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based practice, professional assessment and diagnosis of sports injuries, and effective hands-on management techniques and exercise protocols to assist recovery and prevent future damage. SPA members have access to the most recent advances in sports physiotherapy. You'll be pleased to know that most PhysioWorks physiotherapists and massage therapists are particularly interested in sports injury management.

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Common Muscle Injuries

Muscle Pain

Muscle pain, also known as myalgia, can result from various causes and can affect different areas of the body. Managing and preventing discomfort requires a clear understanding of these common muscle injuries. This comprehensive guide aims to explore several sources of muscle pain, including injuries in the neck and back, strains in the lower limbs, conditions in the upper limbs, systemic causes, and more.

To provide valuable insights into the management of common muscle injuries, this guide offers answers to frequently asked questions and suggests products that can aid in your recovery. Access additional information about each specific injury by clicking the provided links.

Neck & Back Muscle Injuries

Lower Limb Muscle Injuries

Upper Limb Muscle Injuries

Haematoma-Related Myalgia

Fatigue-Related Myalgia

Systemic Causes of Myalgia

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Common Ligament Injuries

Ligament injuries are common in the human body, often causing pain, discomfort, and limitations in mobility.

Various body parts are prone to ligament injuries, such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist, hand, and spine. Among the most prevalent are knee ligament injuries, which include ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries, as well as MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) and LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) sprains.

In addition, ligament injuries can affect other areas, such as the shoulder, leading to AC (Acromioclavicular) joint injuries and dislocated shoulders. Wrist and hand ligament injuries, including thumb and finger sprains, are also common. Furthermore, ligament injuries can occur in the spine, resulting in back and neck sprains and conditions like "text neck" and whiplash. Understanding these common ligament injuries is essential for prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment, enabling individuals to regain their functionality and resume their daily activities.

Knee Ligament Injuries

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