Footy’s Back

Battered but not beaten by COVID-19.

While every aspect of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19 in one way or another, our sporting activities have been amongst the hardest hit, with footy going into hibernation for many months.

The word around the traps is that during COVID one became either FITTER or FATTER. While most of us probably edged more towards the latter, I would add another group, those who became less FLEXIBLE with the reduction in activity level.

Football Player

After the long break from footy we need to be aware of the increased risk of injury as we return to playing and training. Loss of cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance and flexibility all predispose to injury.

Training should therefore be gradually and systematically increased to minimize the chance of injury. We are already seeing quite significant injury rates in the elite players of our various football codes. Unfortunately this trend will no doubt flow down to club level.

Should you sustain an injury training or playing, prompt treatment will minimize your down time and help ensure early return to play.

At Keperra Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic we treat a large range of sports injuries including:-

  • Muscle strains and tears (Hamstrings, Calves, Quads, Adductors / Groin)
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Knee Ligament, Joint and Meniscal injuries
  • Low Back and Hip Pain
  • Shoulder Strains and Dislocations
  • Neck and Rib Cage Injuries

Our highly skilled physiotherapists will provide an injury diagnosis at your first consult and outline the treatment required for return to sport. This often includes joint mobilisations to relieve pain and restore movement, massage, stretches and dry needling to restore flexibility, and a graded exercise programme designed specifically for you and your sport.
We also routinely screen for factors which may predispose you to further injuries eg. tight hamstrings are associated with an increased likelihood of developing low back pain. Advice is then given as to how to reduce this risk.

Overuse Injuries

Soccer Player

Overuse injuries occur when a muscle or joint is subjected to a workload it cannot cope with. Shin splints, tennis elbow, planter fascia and Achilles pain are common examples.
It is important to realise that the load a muscle or joint can cope with when you are very fit and actively training will be much greater than what it can cope with after a prolonged period of reduced activity.

Our post – COVID environment therefore presents a challenge in preventing the development of overuse injuries.

The physiotherapists at Keperra Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic can provide a specific exercise regime for your (developing) overuse injury. For instance, we have a graded eccentric training programme for Achilles Tendonosis and another for Hamstring Tendonopathy.

This is then coupled with a sports specific programme of drills to accelerate your return to training and playing without pain.

If you would like to make an appointment or speak with one of our physiotherapists please telephone us on 3855 1367.

How to find us

We are conveniently located close to train and bus stops, with ample on-site parking and ground level access.

Because we understand you may need to attend outside of work hours, we are open evenings Monday to Friday.

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