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January 26, 2017

Injury prevention in sport and sports injury rehabilitation

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The risk of sports injury or repeat injury in sportsmen and women of all calibres is something that can always be reduced with appropriate preparation.

The same is true of safe and successful rehabilitation when returning to sport after an injury.

The difficulty most people have is they are unaware of what is required to reduce their risk of injury because it depends on factors relating both to the individual and to their chosen sport.

Working at preventing injuries is always less costly - in terms of money, time commitment, pain and angst - than sports injury rehabilitation.

That is why our prevention of injuries programmes, tailored to individual sportsmen and women and their specific sports, are such a strong investment for people who take their sport seriously.

Find out more about the Wimbledon Clinics prevention of injury programme now.

Please call Wimbledon Clinics now on 0208 944 0665 or email info@wimbledonclinics.co.uk

Injury prevention in sport: Who can benefit?

Those who can benefit from prevention of injury programme include people who are:

Returning to sport after a break

Examples include women going back to sport after having a baby.

At Wimbledon Clinics, we see quite a lot of women who have picked up an injury when returning to sport after having a baby.

This is often because they have become deconditioned, did not realise how relatively fit they were before their pregnancy and have returned to sport with too much intensity.

Preparing for special events

For example, preparing for a marathon.

 It’s important to make sure your training does not break down after four or five months of hard work.

Unfortunately, this is something we commonly see when people are preparing for endurance events.

Stepping up your game

This includes when someone wants to try and enhance their level of sport by, for example, joining a club.

When trying to improve performance, please make sure you do everything you can to minimise the risk of pushing too hard and injuring yourself.

Switching sports

Many people switch sports or activities for different seasons, for example from rugby in the winter to tennis in the summer or from running to skiing or cycling to netball.

Regardless of fitness, different sports have different physiological requirements.

It can therefore be extremely helpful to explore a transition programme.

Find out more about the Wimbledon Clinics prevention of injury programme now.

Please call Wimbledon Clinics now on 0208 944 0665 or email info@wimbledonclinics.co.uk

Injury prevention in sport programmes: 3 key tips

  1. Choose a prevention programme tailored to your sport

 Some sports pose particular risks.

For example, knee injuries are well recognised as a problem in skiing and football whereas shoulder injuries are more common in tennis.

At Wimbledon Clinics, our prevention programmes deal with your particular sport and the type of injuries that are most likely so we can specifically target that risk.

For example, if you’re a tennis player we can give you a programme that tries to make sure you don’t develop a shoulder problem.

  1. Follow the exercises exactly as described

 t’s essential that you accurately follow your highly specific exercises as prescribed.

It’s equally important that you do not over exercise by carrying them out more frequently then prescribed. 

  1. Only work with a specialist who has a great deal of experience in screening for injury prevention in sport

Many of us are trying to get fitter or stronger so we can improve our performance in, or our enjoyment of, our favourite sports.

But no two sportspeople have exactly the same profile and knowledge on how to prevent injuries is very specialised.

Find out more about the Wimbledon Clinics prevention of injury programme now.

Please call Wimbledon Clinics now on 0208 944 0665 or email info@wimbledonclinics.co.uk

Sports injury rehabilitation

Many of the principles mentioned above also apply to sports injury rehabilitation.

Examples of sports injury rehabilitation include when someone has had sports injury treatment such as surgery and wants to make sure they don’t repeat the same injury.

They will have become deconditioned and may not quite know how to prepare for a specific sport.

Without expert guidance, the way people often return to sport after injury treatment is to have a cautious go at things.

They will have a little go to see how it feels.

This is not a good way to find out if you are ready to return.

You risk stirring up your old sports injury and, if you have not regained adequate strength, you could overload the adjacent joints and risk creating a new injury requiring new treatment.

Similarly, if you have invested many months of hard work and done 80% or 90% of the rehab and you return back cautiously and injure your knee it can be extremely frustrating.

It’s often difficult for individuals to judge if they are ready to return to their sport.

To avoid setbacks and further injuries, it’s crucial you’re clear on whether that point has been reached or whether work needs still to be done – and what that work should be.

Our Wimbledon Clinics specialists can give you a clear defined answer.

What’s the next step?

If you would like to find out more about injury prevention in sport or sports injury rehabilitation…

 … or need advice or specialist treatment…

 … then please contact the best sports exercise medicine consultants today.

We will assess your injury and put together a clear strategy for treatment and recovery so you can get back to your best as soon as possible.

Call us now on 0208 944 0665 or email us at info@wimbledonclinics.co.uk

 

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