What is Sports Therapy?

Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.


It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits & Objectives of Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy treatments have an amazing effect on a variety of problems, such as:


  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Strains and sprains
  • Neck and back pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bad circulation
  • Arthritis and painful joints

The main objectives of sports therapy are:


  • Treatment and rehabilitation of injuries
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Improved sporting performance
  • Improved recovery from activity
  • Improved strength, flexibility, co-ordination, power and endurance
  • Identification of individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Improvements in posture, body contours, body awareness and well-being.

Types of Injuries & Common Injuries

Injuries are commonly caused by overuse, a direct impact or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand.


An acute injury is one that occurs as a direct result of a sudden event, such as a sprained ankle caused by falling awkwardly.


A chronic injury is one that is caused by overusing the same muscle group or joint, such as tennis elbow.


Whether your injury is acute or chronic, if the pain persists, you should seek advice, because you could be hurt more severely than you realise.


There are hundreds of different types of injuries that can occur in the human body; however certain body parts tend to be more prone to damage than others. Some of the most common injuries include:


  • Ankle sprains
  • Groin strain
  • Cramp
  • Knee ligament strains & tears
  • Hamstring strain
  • Runners knee
  • Shin splints
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Stress fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Neck and back pain
  • Tennis/golf elbow
  • Foot arch pain

Running Technique Advice available at CJW!

Able to apply sound principles to the assessments and rehab of running injuries


Help develop confidence in the reliable application of running specific functional movement testing


Ability to interpret combined findings and functional movement testing and gait analysis


Help identify common running gait characteristics & compensations displayed by both injured and uninjured runners


Apply relevant exercises to facilitate desired movement outcomes and return to pain free running!