Sports Therapy across Northamptonshire
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the client back to full functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It is the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by using the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare patients for training, competition and work.
Millions of people perform physical exercise and play sport. These people have specific medical need. To cater for these people Sports Therapy has evolved. Sports therapy includes: injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, performance enhancement through training, nutrition and psychology.
Who is sports therapy suitable for?
- Anyone who is participating in any kind of activity/ sport of any age or ability. (Less than 16 years old need to be with a parent)
- Anyone suffering from muscle tension
- Acute or chronic injury, new or long standing injury
- Occupational injuries
- Aches and pains
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Whiplash and associated injuries
- Overuse injuries
The picture above shows a rehabilitation exercise for the knee. It is important not to let the knee come over the toe when bending as this places extra force on the muscles. This exercise can be used a part of a rehabilitation programme for injuries such as ACL injuries and patellofemoral pain.
The image above shows a shoulder mobilisation being performed.
The aim of a shoulder mobilisation is to alleviate the stresses placed on the joint, allowing the humeral head to glide freely. This improves range of movement and decreases the risk of damaging soft tissue, cartilage and nerves.