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When to book a sports physiotherapist

Physiotherapy not only has the potential to help improve your comfort and mobility, but it may enhance your athletic performance and support you in your sporting endeavours.

Physiotherapy is a holistic form of healthcare that focuses on disorders and injuries related to the musculoskeletal system. This incorporates a huge variety of issues and target outcomes. A sports physio takes the knowledge and skills applied in general physiotherapy and looks more specifically at the requirements and goals associated with someone’s sporting pursuits. Whether you take part in an activity as a fun pastime or a means to get fitter, or you are a competitive athlete, a sports physiotherapist may be able to help you up your game!

When you are dealing with sports-related issues or are working towards reaching certain sporting goals, one of our sports physiotherapists in West Ryde may be able to help you. Find out more about sports physio and when you should book a session!

What Does a Sports Physio Do?

There are several overlaps when it comes to general physiotherapists and sports physiotherapists. Both fields use evidence-based methods to assist with musculoskeletal issues.

General and sports physios may help with concerns such as:

  • Pain.
  • Decreased mobility.
  • Reduced range of motion.
  • Inflammation.
  • Stiffness.

Physios can utilise a range of techniques to target a patient’s needs such as:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of issues related to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Soft tissue massage.
  • Stretching.
  • Joint manipulation and mobilisation.
  • Dry needling.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Education.
  • Exercise prescription.
  • Strapping and braces.

How Can a Sports Physio Can Help Your Athletic Performance?

Sports physios use sports science-based principles alongside their general physiotherapy knowledge to develop a personalised treatment plan or an exercise or rehabilitation program. They may provide their services in a range of environments such as clinics, sporting clubs, and gyms.

Sports physios may take an altered approach to a general physio due to the specific performance-related needs of their patients. If you see a sports physio, they will provide a comprehensive assessment and develop a suitable plan, modifying it as required.

This may include aspects such as:

  • Assessing your movement patterns and biomechanics.
  • Monitoring risk factors.
  • Preventing injuries.
  • Identifying and exploring limitations and injuries.
  • Developing a tailored rehabilitation plan.
  • Prescribing stretches and exercises that aim to help you with mobility, strength, and flexibility.
  • Delivering education and advice regarding sporting techniques.
  • Evaluating your sporting progress.
  • Undertaking emergency physio care at events such as sports games and training sessions.
  • Collaborating with other relevant people, such as your coach or GP.

If you are looking to begin a new sport or have not taken part in exercise for some time, seeing a sports physio may also be highly beneficial. They can provide advice and tailor a plan for you to support your progress, prevent injuries, and encourage you to keep at going.

What Conditions Does a Sports Physio Treat?

General physiotherapists can help support patients with injuries and concerns that may have developed due to sports or exercise-related pursuits. However, a sports physio has specific knowledge and resources that allow them to provide a more focused approach.

A sports physio can help with a range of concerns such as:

  • Torn muscles or ligaments.
  • Bone fractures.
  • Acute or chronic pain.
  • Poor posture.
  • Reduced balance and stability.
  • Issues that develop due to overuse.
  • Dislocations.
  • Bursitis.

What Goals Can a Sports Physio Help With?

Sports physiotherapy can help you reach your target outcomes in a variety of ways. It does not matter whether you are an amateur or a professional, visiting a sports physio has the potential to enhance your progress and enjoyment of the sports you take part in.

Sports physios may be able to help you towards your goals such as:

  • Helping you understand the best way to take part in your sport, such as using the correct techniques.
  • Optimising your abilities during training and games.
  • Developing strategies to help you enhance weaker areas in your performance.
  • Promoting overall health and well-being
  • Enhancing the enjoyment of training and playing sport.

NDPE Provides Comprehensive Sports Physiotherapy

Sports and exercise are great elements to add to your daily life. With so many positive aspects, such as increased fitness, reduced health risks, socialisation, and stress release, you stand to gain so much.

If you take part in sports or are looking to start something new, consider visiting a sports physiotherapist. They can provide you with personalised guidance and care that can help you work towards your goals.

Our sports physiotherapists in West Ryde look forward to helping you with your sporting pursuits. Please contact our friendly team to organise your initial consultation.


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