Athletes recreational/professionals and Non-athletic population visit a sports physio for different purposes. We are going to discuss that under the following expertise of a sports physio:
- Injury Management: It includes two things one management of pain which a sports physio do sometimes with a cold/hot pack and different electronic gadgets. Second part is correcting the biomechanical cause of pain which are usually there due to posture, muscle, joint, wrong movements for which they are provided manual therapy and specific exercises as per the cause of the issue
- Joint pathology management: This is an example- Disc issues in spine in young individual up to the age of 30 is quite common, a lot of people are visiting Physiotherapist for these issues with the target of controlling the pain, once the pain is sorted as a sports physiotherapist we guide them how to resume their routine activity/exercises in gym /yoga/ sports.Technique / Exercise
- Performance enhancement: For Performance enhancement they check different movements around different joint to find out the weak links and imbalances similar to what we do in FMS (Functional Movement Screen) and then the clients are advised, how to proceed towards the target with the help of manual therapy, flexibility exercise, balance training, strengthening exercise etc.
- Technique Tuning: People who are performing routine exercises and participating in sports they find difficulty in any particular exercise move because of pain response in those particular moves, as sports physiotherapist they help them to alter their technique for that move or give them alternate exercises which fulfill the target of an individual keeping the safety in consideration.
Return to exercise or sports
People who are undergoing any sort of treatment (Medicine, Surgery, Physiotherapy, naturopathy etc.) for any joint pathology needs strict supervision in beginning for the safety concerns. Usually, they have a lot of questions that:
- Will this exercise help my medical issue?
- Is this exercise okay for me?
- What are the best exercises that will help in recovering and becoming stronger like I used to be before?
- What exercises will help me in preventing the recurrence of this pain?
- What kind of exercise should I avoid? At what stage I can do this particular exercise?
- What is the right intensity of any exercise for me at this stage of my recovery?
As a sports physiotherapist with the medical background, we guide them with most appropriate explanations that reassure them that they are on the right track.
Advantages of having a sports Physio at Gym:
- Usually, there is a communication gap between trainers and Physiotherapist, which draws the client in a state of a dilemma for a particular exercise/ move. This gap is filled by a sports physio.
- Gym Members who are seeking help from other Physiotherapist for the mild niggles that bothers them occasionally will also get an in-house facility of a physiotherapist.
- The people who are missing out their routine gym schedule because of any injury also keep on visiting the facility and may feel more optimistic & safe regarding their recovery and will quickly return back to a routine gym workout.
- People do not hold back their queries regarding their existing mild issues which otherwise might get aggravated later on and will prevent their absence from the gym because of injuries.
- Trainers also get medical helping hand in doubtful situations for particular individuals and particular exercise.