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Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can range from an acute debilitating pain to a lingering niggle that you are unable to shake off. Claire has more than 15 years experience of treating both. Some of the common sports injuries seen:

• Tennis and golfers elbow
• Shoulder impingement syndrome
• ITB friction syndrome
• Patellofemoral Pain
• Ankle sprains
• Achillies tendinopathy
• Plantar fasciitis
• Fractures
• Dislocations

You will be involved right from the start of your treatment. Following a thorough assessment you will help set treatment goals both long and short term and will be able to discuss an alternative training program to help maintain your fitness whilst the injury has time to heal. A full treatment and rehabilitation plan will be set right up to return into sport.

Claire firmly believes that patients should be treated individually and holistically. If there was a non-taumatic cause for the injury then the source of the problem should be addressed in order to prevent re-injury. Often in these cases the underlying cause can be put down to a movement control problem at which Claire is expertly placed to assess and treat using her pilates background.

Athletes are generally strong through their larger muscle groups and quite weak through the smaller stabilizing muscles. Just doing sit-ups and squats won’t strengthen these muscles. The larger muscles will continue to take over and get stronger and the smaller muscles will continue to get weaker. A muscle imbalance could potentially  cause inefficiency and injury. Using your body’s entire core generates the real power in your push off, pedal stroke or pull through the water by transferring that core energy to your limbs.

The philosophy of Pilates is to retrain the body to use muscles more efficiently and save energy. Athletes can train for many hours a week. If they are not using the right muscles, an earlier onset of fatigue will cause, for example, their stroke or stride to suffer. Craig Alexander, a professional triathlete, points out the enormous postural benefits of Pilates. “If you look at the top guys winning the race, they are the ones whose posture isn’t suffering by the end of the race. They have enough strength in their core to support their bodies even in a complete state of fatigue.” Many professional triathletes recognise how inflexible they are from the countless hours of training and use pilates to counteract this.

Many coaches and athletes are drawn to Pilates as it trains the body to operate at peak performance. Pilates is not the latest exercise fad used by celebrities. It is used by elite athletes of all sports to help them enhance athletic performance, improve technique and prevent injuries.

Some of the common triathlon technique problems:

Faults Examples of Common Conditions
Cycling • Rocking of pelvis on seat
• Knees dropping inwards/outwards
• Excess movement through the upper body
• Poor neck position
• Back Pain
• ITB friction syndrome
• Patellofemoral Dysfunction
• Neck, shoulder arm pain
Running • Feet/knees falling inwards
• Abnormal movement in the lower back
• Shortened stride length
• Back pain
• Plantar fasciitis
• ITB friction syndrome
• Snapping hip
• Piriformis syndrome
• Achillies Tendonitis
Swimming • Legs sinking
• Sagging in the low back
• Twisting through hips and torso
• Shortened arm stroke
• Poor neck/head posture
• Back pain
• Shoulder impingement
• Neck pain and nerve impingement

All of the above faults can be reduced or corrected – avoiding injury or accelerating rehabilitation.

 

ReBalance Rider Assessment

If you have already had a bike fit but would like to have an assessment to understand how you could improve your flexibility, core stability and muscle imbalance to improve your efficiency on the bike then we can perform a ‘Rider Assessment’.  Claire has vast experience in Pilates and has also completed further training on Performance Pilates for cyclists. Following the assessment Claire will suggest ways to improve your body’s performance on the bike with a personal exercise program which will address issues such as asymmetry in muscle strength and efficiency.

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