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Oct 16

Sports physiotherapy – not just for the elite

Sports physiotherapy is for anyone who injures themselves whilst exercising. Read on as we explain.

The first of the winter rain has finally arrived. Winter sports season is in full swing.

Team sports of football, netball and hockey dominate the parklands across Adelaide, with parents rugged up with scarves and beanies.

The mobile coffee van is in high demand!!!

The winter running season is also bubbling along. There are a huge number of events in the next few months both on the road and trails. With it comes all those aiming for their first (5km – marathon).

Kids playing basketball are into the season proper and often doubling up with school sport and representative duties.

As the weeks go by the niggles start…. A bit achey around the knee or back at the end of the session. A bit more difficultly with jumping/running through the session. Out comes the ice…. we start icing after each session and increasing our stretching, the deep heat comes out too…. but the niggle becomes worse.

Before too long we are modifying our sessions and taking a day or two off. But still the pain doesn’t go.

The worried thoughts begin…Whats wrong? What have I done? I don’t really want to see the physio because she/he will tell me to stop

exercising….won’t they?

Eventually you seek help. All going well of course you have come to see one of the team at Vital Core.

Sports physio at Vital Core

Well, usually no… we won’t stop you. We will recommend modifications to your weekly loads, but that will all depend upon the diagnosis and most importantly your goals.

Vital Core Physiotherapy takes an active approach to managing all sorts of sporting injuries and return to sport programs for both recreational and serious athletes of all ages.

Common conditions we manage;

  • Adolescent pains – often considered as ‘growing pains’ – Osgood Schlatters or Sever’s conditions.
  • Runners/ netballers/ jumpers knee
  • Ankle sprains
  • Swimmers shoulder
  • Runners knee, ITB, Achilles, hamstring or hip pain.
  • Tennis or golfers elbow
  • ACL reconstructions
  • Joint dislocations
  • We have a number of blogs on common injuries.

We take an early intervention approach to preventing any niggle or concern becoming an injury by analysing your biomechanics in order to optimise your efficiency whether it’s a tennis swing, throw, rowing stroke, kick, or stride. We also use slow motion video analysis to assist us with this process as required.

With this assessment and an understanding of what is important to you, the Vital Core team will structure a comprehensive treatment plan that will get you 100% better and achieving  your goals.

We will include a progressive exercise plan focusing on technique and control at all times and may recommend one our many exercise classes (see our timetable).

This also includes our new Teenage girl clinical rehab classes. these utilise the Pilates equipment and are designed for this group specifically. Did you read our blog from last week about teenage girls in sport?

Bec’s daughter Alice is improving her strength and control through our teen Clinical Rehab classes

We also have a close network of other highly experienced health professionals across Adelaide and we regularly co-manage patients.

Recreational running

Recreational Running is  a particular interest to us and as such it is where we truly excel. If you are just getting back into running, or have recurrent niggles or injuries we can help. You can read our blogs on running injuries here.

We also run a term based exercise program called RunFit. RunFit class is held Monday and Tuesday nights through the school term as an 8 week program.

Tory is a ‘Bronze’ provider of physiotherapy services for Rowing Australia and has over 30 years of rowing experience to share with school, club or masters rowers. She is available to run programs at your rowing club on injury prevention, optimal warm up routines, and off water strengthening programs in addition to treatment for athletes.

Tory was a junior World Champion rower and Atlanta Olympian.

So if you or one of your loved ones is complaining of being sore from sport or exercise, please come and see us. You can call the clinic (83310552) or book online. We’ll get you back to your best as soon as possible!