Hydration in sport

physiotherapy - hydrationHydration in sport is vital to replace the loss of fluid that our body perspires, which controls our body temperature as we utilize energy. If we do not replace this fluid we overheat and dehydrate, which may lead to a decrease in performance and an increased risk of injury.

To minimize dehydration, athletes need to drink enough in exercise to match their sweat loss. Read more

Recovery strategies

physiotherapy hydration in sportRecovery strategy is vital for athletes to be able to train effectively and prevent injury. Regeneration is key to :

  • Increase your energy;
  • Boost your immune system;
  • Improve performance;
  • Improve hormone profile;
  • Decrease inflammation;
  • Reduce overuse injury.

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Factors predisposing athletes to groin pain

physio-groin-painGroin pain is one of the most frustrating injuries for athletes in terms of lost time from sport.

Research indicates several risk factors that may contribute to the development of groin pain and predispose an athlete to these injuries. Some are more strongly supported than others in systematic review of the literature.

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Trigger points

physio-trigger-pointsTrigger points are described as a tender spot in a tight band of muscle, that is painful on palpation or touch. They are commonly called “knots” and may cause pain locally, may refer pain to a different area of the body or may limit range of motion. They are caused by overactivity in a muscle, which may be a result of the likes of poor posture, muscle imbalances, overuse in sport or daily activities, or stress. Read more

Foam rolling and benefits

physio-foam-rollingFoam roller is a useful tool to use as part of your recovery plan. It uses the principle of deep compression to help roll out adhesions or knots that develop over time. Rolling out these knots that are caused by over activity or under activity, will help to restore original muscle length, which assists in functionality. Read more

Stress Fractures

physio-stress-injury A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a weight bearing bone. It can occur in any part of the body but predominantly occur in the lower leg or feet.

Stress fractures are related to overuse where the supporting muscles become fatigued and no longer absorb the continuing stress of the aggravating activity such as running. As a consequence the stress transfers over to the bone and tiny cracks can form.

Possible causes of stress fractures could be: sudden increases in training frequency, intensity or duration; poor conditioning; incorrect technique; change in training surface; poor foot wear; or anatomical variations such as flat feet, or bowed legs or knock knees that may cause an overload on certain bones. Read more