Preventing Sports Injury
Don’t get sidelined by injuries. Preventive physiotherapy is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and optimal performance in sport. Pre-season preparation should include a visit to a physiotherapist for an assessment to determine if you are at risk of sustaining an injury.
Whether you are a masters-level athletes or a serious recreational athlete, injuries can be a major obstacle to your health and fitness goals. Especially for competitive athletes and elite athletes, peak performance depends on proper preparation.
Pre- and post-season physiotherapy assessments at Motion Works Physiotherapy Orleans include a comprehensive analysis of your muscle balance, to ensure that your body is working optimally.
Don’t wait for the pain to sideline you. If you experience any of these early warning signs, we can help.
- Feeling of tightness or tension in muscles that persists
- Joint stiffness that doesn’t go away after training
- Difficulty increasing intensity or volume of training
- Decrease in your sport performance
You and your therapist will start by discussing any previous injuries you've sustained, and your training concerns.
Together you'll develop an exercise program that is both personalized and sport-specific, to restore proper muscle length/tension, strength, and proprioception, to reduce your risk of injury and improve your performance overall.
- Acute Sports Injuries
The first steps in the management of acute sports injuries involve controlling pain and reducing swelling, allowing the body to start healing. Once the initial pain and swelling are under control, the true recovery process can begin.
Research shows that failing to adequately retrain and rehabilitate the whole athlete after an injury can lead to an increased risk of injury; in some cases the recurrence of the initial injury, in others, a new injury altogether.
The physiotherapists at Motion Works Physiotherapy Orleans provide individualized and sport-specific injury treatment programs designed to help athletes regain mobility, strength and proprioception, to minimize the risk of re-injury.
- Chronic Recurring Sports Injuries
Chronic injuries typically occur as a result of muscle imbalances or compensation from previous injuries, overtraining or inadequate strength and conditioning. To prevent chronic injury, your physiotherapist will complete a detailed analysis of risk factors and muscle balance and movement patterns.
Treatments to lengthen muscles that are too short or tight and strengthen others too weak will help you prevent chronic injuries from cropping up, and will even help improve your overall performance in your sport.
Restoring proper muscle balances and retraining proprioception will make an existing chronic problem manageable and pain free.
- Treatment Techniques
At Motion Works Physiotherapy Orleans, we provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based and scientifically proven treatment techniques for sports injuries. These include:
- Active exercise to restore strength, flexibility, balance and endurance
- Manual therapy for joint restrictions or stiffness
- Myofascial release techniques for short, tight muscles and soft tissue
- Functional Dry Needling to manage trigger points and neuropathic pain
- Stabilization with tape or bracing
- Ultrasound and other electrotherapy agents for management of acute injuries
- Proprioceptive taping for movement retraining and control (i.e. Kinesiotape)
- Acupuncture for management of pain/ swelling
Ready to improve your sport performance?
Our physiotherapists can create a customized treatment plan to help you heal from an injury or improve your sport performance. It's our goal to help you return to a healthy, active lifestyle. Regain your peak performance!