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Sports Injuries

You’d think when you’ve worked at a clinic with ‘sports injuries’ in the title, that defining that phrase would be relatively easy but is it……….?

Sports injuries could most easily be defined as ‘injuries that occur while playing sport’ but is spraining your ankle putting your foot in a rabbit hole during a round of golf a sports injury?

An alternative definition could be an acute (recent) soft tissue injury associated with playing a particular sport – but is a tennis elbow caused through playing tennis any different to a tennis elbow caused through repetitive DIY jobs? The answer is ‘no’.

So what makes sports injuries special that they need their own specific category? Well nothing really but when we come to how we treat these injuries the rehabilitation is likely to need sports specific training to help patients return to their sport safely and without further problems.

Here at Ashbourne and Hilton Physio Centres we treat each and every injury as individual – no template of exercises for a particular condition – because we all start from a different point of fitness, all injuries are unique in themselves, and every patient has different outcomes they hope for as an end point to treatment whether that’s running a marathon, riding a horse, playing football with grandchildren or cycling the length of Britain.


Soft tissue injuries include:

  • Muscle sprains
  • Ligament strains
  • Bruises
  • Overuse injuries like tendinitis
  • Bursitis

They normally involve an overload of the tissues in some way beyond the capacity of that tissue. This overload can be a sudden overload situation like an awkward tackle which gives an ‘acute injury’ or, a ‘chronic’ condition which overloads the tissue in small increments over time like overstraining a tendon in tennis backhand leading to tennis elbow or an Achilles injury from running for longer in new running shoes or perhaps shoulder pain from repetitive cricket bowling in nets at the start of the season.

Gradually increased training load can increase the capacity of the tissue over time so it takes more load to cause injury.

The short and tall of it is that the tissues need a time of relative rest to heal, and sports men and women are notoriously impatient to get back to the sport or hobby they love. Physios have to be imaginative to keep patients motivated and mentally positive during the recovery phase (there are often work around ways to keep fit while recovery takes place) and then guide them carefully through a structured rehab programme to get the patient safely back to the activity they love. It is our job to push you forwards when you are apprehensive and hold you back when you are getting ahead of yourself, but this is always done through discussion of what is going to work best for your circumstances. Our physios have years of experience of dealing with these types of injuries but, as every body is different, we never tire of looking for that individual treatment approach that is going to work best for you – this keeps life interesting and challenging.
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