Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
ports Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary approach to treating injuries, whether they arise from sporting activities or activities of daily living.
The aim of sports rehabilitation is to prevent injuries and to help those who are injured to return to full fitness. This is accomplished by understanding the underlying cause and dealing with the physical trauma of injuries.
Medical care, physical therapy treatment, training modalities and other necessary therapies are provided in order to return to previous levels of functioning. Techniques are associated with sports rehabilitation including: exercise programmes, sport specific programmes, massage, manual therapy, taping and electrotherapy. All individually tailored to the injury and the client.
Sports Rehabilitation offers to assist in the recovery of movement, as well as the pain relief, whilst strengthening the body to prevent further injury. Alongside our specialist skills, advise and home exercises will be given where possible to ensure optimal recovery.
Our Sports Rehabilitator specialises in:
- Knee and Ankle Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Strains, imbalances and weakness
- Ligament Strains
- Sporting Injuries
- Injury Prevention
To become a Sports Rehabilitator, you have to undertake a 3 year undergraduate course, becoming competent in treatment techniques and gaining valuable experience. Our Sports Rehabilitator is registered under BASRaT, the UK Voluntary regulator for Sport Rehabilitation Graduates. The BASRaT register has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
If you are visiting the clinic, we need to find out what it is for, therefore your first experience will consist of an initial examination, lasting 45 minutes – 1 hour. During the initial consultation, the therapist will need to know your main problem, signs and symptoms, mechanism of injury, aggravating and easing factors, 24hour pattern and your past medical history. This then allows the therapist to determine their next steps to solve the problem as well as identifying goals for your rehabilitation programme,
You will then be asked to undress in order to perform a manual assessment of your body. These are completed to identify where the pain is coming from and why.
Once this has been completed, the therapist will educate you on what your diagnosis is, why you have this problem and what rehabilitation you will need to solve the problem. We aim to educate you on as many concerns/areas as possible, explaining recovery timescales, goals and contact time with therapist.
You will then be offered treatment for your diagnosis, assuming there is time and this is appropriate. Otherwise you will be referred to the required specialist to further assess your condition.
Sports Rehabilitation treatment is unique to you. After identifying your needs and weaknesses we are able to tailor a programme to sit you and your lifestyle. Whether it is early or late stage rehab, acute or chronic pain, we can assist you with our specialist skills.
Rehabilitation programmes consist of a wide variety. From manipulation, massage and stretches to strengthening and sprinting. The time scale of your rehabilitation is dependent upon you and your body. Your exercises will be progressed /regressed dependent on your body’s response. If you listen to your therapist and put the same amount of enthusiasm as your therapist in, you will recover quicker. It is about maintaining your treatment outside of the therapist’s room to aid your body’s recovery.
Not only does the body rely on exercise to maintain its fitness, hands on mobilisation and massage can benefit your body in many ways and even speed up your recovery time. Alongside manual therapy techniques, certain taping and strapping procedures can help ensure you are able to stay mobile and prevent any further injury.
A bonus of having our satelite clinic based within a gym is that, if required, our team can utilise the state of the art facilities available at the Fitness First Gym to increase your rehabilitation programme and analyse your performance.