Anybody who has met me, knows that I am a sports and rehab junkie. From a young age i’ve been obsessed with rugby, and have also been an avid basketball enthusiast. Naturally, I then found myself studying chiropractic in my later years where I developed a keen interest in sports related injuries; how to best diagnose, treat and prevent sports injuries.
Recently, I was hugely excited to attend a conference in beautiful Coffs Harbour, held by the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic [FICS]. FICS is comprised of worldwide national chiropractic sports councils and individual members. It has affiliations with international organisations within the chiropractic profession and the world of sports. You can read more about the organisation on the FICS website.
Around one hundred chiropractors attended the conference to collectively learn and discuss sporting injuries and dysfunctions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. The weekend included the latest adjusting, soft tissue and rehabilitation techniques.
In the future, I will be attending more of these conferences and completing additional modules to ultimately become an Internationally Certified Chiropractor Sports Practitioner [ICCSP]. This opens up doors to treat major sporting teams and other athletes at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games.
The quality of information and the method of learning has broadened my approach to life in practice. The chance to mix with other experienced professionals within the industry has advanced my skillset and provided me with the most current evidence based approach to the care of musculoskeletal injuries.
I look forward to working with sports men and women, in the future.
By Patrick Lind
Many musculoskeletal complaints arise from injuries sustained in sports. Each year we see athletic performance draw closer to the limits of human potential. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved helps us to prevent injury and restore functional integrity and stability through rehabilitation.
Sports injury treatment is designed to achieve optimal results for patients with a quicker recovery time. Cartwright Physicaltherapy offers a team of therapists who with their combined knowledge and experience can address your sporting injury and see you return to activity safely and quickly.
The Chiropractor, Tom, combines chiropractic adjustments to realign the spine and help restore mobility. He is also fully certified in Active Release Technique [ART] which can be used on injured muscles, tendons and ligaments and returning them to normality. Our massage therapists, Christine and Phil can greatly assist your recovery from intense training or playing sessions, and our pilates instructor, Mandy, is pivotal in facilitating compromised core strength.
If you have suffered from a sports injury, proper rehabilitation is necessary to result in a healthy return to an active lifestyle.
Goals of Treatment and Rehabilitation
- protect the injured tissues to allow healing and to control the early inflammatory phase.
- rehabilitate flexibility, strength, proprioception, and muscle imbalance, and control physical activities with the aid of taping and splinting.
- sport-specific activities must be tested to ensure the athlete can return to sport safely.
If proper rehabilitation is not undertaken, the athlete may be competing too soon, with residual instability, proprioceptive disturbance and muscle weakness and imbalances. Individual programmes must be planned and implemented per athlete. This would include sport-specific exercises, adaptation to new postures to correct muscle imbalance, taping and strapping and a home exercise programme.Overtraining must be very carefully avoided in all of these phases, and training is monitored so that full activity does not occur before full recovery has taken place.
It is obvious that prevention is better than cure and your Chiropractor will always advise the patient on how to prevent recurrence of the injury on return to sport.
Helpful Tips for Athletes:
- never train hard when stiff from the previous effort.
- introduce new activities very gradually.
- allow lots of time for warming up and cooling off.
- train on different surfaces, using the right footwear.
- shower and change immediately after the cool down.
- stay away from infectious areas when training or competing very hard.
- be extremely fussy about hygiene in hot weather.
- monitor fatigue. If tired, ease off training.
Please call your Chiropractor at Cartwright Physicaltherapy on 02 9922 6116 or visit our clinic at Ground Floor, Suite 6, 157 Walker Street in North Sydney for more information.
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