Tackling sports and exercise injuries today and tomorrow

The benefits of sport and exercise to your health far outweigh the risks. However, from time to time, every athlete picks up a niggling sports or exercise injury. Our specialist team is here to help you get back in the game.

We treat the injury, relieve the symptoms and prevent it from turning into a lasting condition that limits your training and performance. Secondly, we proactively protect you against future injuries, by looking at your body holistically. This allows us to not only assess the problem area, but also look at the bigger picture to identify any underlying weaknesses that could add extra stress or load.

This 360º approach helps you to understand your limitations, speed up your recovery and prevent future injuries, by making you stronger, more resilient and more flexible.

What causes sports injuries

Depending on the sports you play and your exercise routine, injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including heavy blows and impacts, falls or accidents. Sports injuries can also build up over time as a result of poor technique or body mechanics, which place uneven loads on tissues for too long or too often.

Not warming up properly before exercising, using inappropriate equipment and pushing yourself too hard can also leave you with unwanted aches, pains and strains.

What to do if you have an injury

If you’re injured, you may have pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement or stiffness in the affected area. Sometimes, these symptoms may only be noticeable several hours after exercising or playing sports.

It’s important to stop exercising if you feel pain and seek expert advice, regardless of how insignificant your symptoms may be, as continuing to exercise while injured may cause further damage, lead to larger problems and slow your recovery.

How to prevent sports injuries

You can reduce your risk of getting injured by warming up properly before exercise,​ not pushing your body beyond your current fitness level or over-training, using the right equipment and following the correct technique. When starting a new sport or activity, it’s also a good idea to get advice and training from a qualified fitness trainer or sports coach.

By providing a clinical assessment of your body, flexibility and movement, we can help you prepare and prevent injury by better understanding your weaknesses and expanding your agility and range of movement.

Gait and movement analysis can also help to spot abnormal patterns and joint angles in your everyday techniques and training, plus help to find the right footwear for your running style, improving your stability and support. Our specialists can additionally develop guided exercise programmes that help to push your personal performance to the next level.

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