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What is sports physiotherapy and who is it for?

April 1, 2022 | Author: | Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Health & Fitness

Sport physiotherapy is a form of therapy that is currently up and growing in the medical industry. These therapists basically use this therapy to help sports people or whoever that may have injured themselves while being involved in a sport. 

Many professional athletes always ensure that they have one of the best sports therapists with them as these people help to maintain the physical body of the athlete to always be at its best potential. As people who are involved in sports tend to get sports related injuries, these therapists help with injury treatment, rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

Physiotherapy services in Singapore include many services such as diagnosing and treating injuries that may occur while being involved in sports. Some of the injuries are as listed below:

  • Ankle Sprains
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Hamstring and Thigh Injuries
  • Wrist, Thumb and Hand Injuries

When it comes to sports physio, the sports physiotherapists will have to work closely with the athlete and the coach. There needs to be trust among one another and confidence as well, for instance the athlete should not have to be fearful of sharing with the therapist what they are feeling as well as the therapists should not have to doubt the athlete if they are doing the necessary exercises or resting. 

If a medical decision is to be made it should involve the coach as well as they are one training and responsible for the athletes performance. Sadly it has been seen that in certain situations the coach does not trust the therapists and believes in their own opinion instead. As they might think that the therapist is just there to prevent the athlete from training and competing. However, the therapist also has the goal of maximising and improving the performance and health of the athlete.  

Here is five benefits of having a sports therapist along with the explanation:

  • Enhance your strength 

When you are an athlete and you are competing you tend to push your body to its maximum potential and this can lead to you spraining or injuring your muscles, bones and joints, being in a contact sport will definitely result in the tendency of getting injured as well. Sports physio will help your body get tougher and be able to build endurance against the same injury in the future again. The increase in strength will help you to withstand the high physical pressure that comes with the sport.

  • Relaxation

After going through a tough day of physical activity and training, your body will be tired and your muscles will tend to be sore. This can result in you having difficulty in relaxing. Seeing the sports therapists will help your body to relax its muscles and regain the strength and energy required for you to continue at your next training.

  • Joints and muscles flexibility

In most sports flexibility is something that will definitely help you be better at the sport. The amount of flexibility needed varies depending on the sport that you are engaged in. A sports therapist will be able to help you with the amount of flexibility you may need.

  • Prevention of injuries

Being engaged in sports physio will expose you to various exercises that will help condition and strengthen your body so that you can be at your best while playing the sport that you are in love with. When your body is conditioned it will be more enduring towards muscle strain, torn ligaments and other injuries.

  • Treating your injuries

When being in a sport no matter how hard you try, you are bound to get some sort of injury; it may be small or big. Having a sports therapist by your side, they can help you in treating your injuries and prevent it from becoming more complicated inclusive of having a speedy recovery.

What You Can Expect When You See A Sports Therapist

Normally before you get any treatment from a therapist, you will have a consultation session with your sports therapist. They will generally question you about your medical history and your lifestyle and any other needful questions. This information will be useful for them when they assess you. As it will be the first time they are meeting you they would want to know more about your past and about anything that may have happened to you medically. During this consultation feel free to ask them any questions or clarify any doubts that you may have, they will gladly answer you. 

It is very important to build trust in one another so that you will willingly share information that will help them help you. There are many cases where people lie or are scared to let the therapist know what may have happened as they do not want to incur more cost or anything that may stop them from continuing with their current lifestyle. It is best for you to always keep it in your mind that the therapist always has your best interest at heart and just wants the best for you. Once they have all the information, they will then assess your injury to see what is actually the issue. They will check your physical movements to see if your joints and muscles are not having any problems, this is to ensure that there is nothing that is of hindrance to your physical movement. 

Once the problem that you are facing has been diagnosed, your therapist will then discuss with you about the possible treatments that are available and suitable for you. It will be the perfect time for you to inform your therapist if you have any issues regarding your treatment as well as clarify any doubts that you may have. It is beneficial for you to know all about the treatment so that you will be able gauge yourself on whether there is any improvement.

There are many physiotherapy services in Singapore. Ensure that you do proper research before choosing your therapist. There is no harm in checking around with the people you know for help as they may have personal experience with a certain therapist. Remember that these people are here to help you so that you can always be at your peak and be taken care of. Ensure that everything is within your budget but do not cut slack on quality as they are key people that can help you throughout your sports life. We hope this article has clarified any doubts you may have had about Sports Physiotherapy.

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