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  • Writer's pictureLorraine Carroll MPhty, BSc Physio, CMA

Preventing and Treating Sports Injuries: Expert Advice

Updated: Mar 19

Engaging in sports and physical activities is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy. However, it's important to remember that injuries can happen, as I was reminded last weekend when my son sprained his ankle in a rugby match. They can be quite debilitating if not properly prevented or treated; that's why it's crucial to follow expert advice to minimise the risk of sports injuries and ensure a speedy recovery if they do occur. Here are some tips and insights from Lorraine Carroll & Simon Coghlan, experts in physiotherapy, on preventing and treating sports injuries:



running to avoid injury and keep fit

1. Warm-up and Cool Down: Before starting any physical activity, it's essential to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for the workout. This can include dynamic stretches, light cardio exercises, and mobility drills, have a look online or come in and see us for a customised programme. Similarly, cooling down after exercise with static stretches can help prevent muscle soreness and stiffness. 2. Proper Technique: It is crucial to learn and practice proper techniques for your chosen sport or activity. Incorrect form can put unnecessary strain on your muscles and joints, increasing the risk of injury. Consider working with a coach or trainer who can guide you in mastering the correct technique. Just because you can run, for example, does not mean you should! Preparing the body for running and learning proper techniques are essential to avoid injury. 3. Gradual Progression: Avoid pushing yourself too hard too soon. Gradually increase the intensity, duration, and frequency of your workouts to allow your body to adapt and strengthen. Sudden spikes in activity can lead to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis or stress fractures. I have seen this many times in the clinic, so take it easy to avoid a visit to the physio. 4. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to any pain, discomfort, or unusual sensations during or after exercise. These can be warning signs of an impending injury. If you experience persistent pain or notice any changes in your range of motion, it's important to seek professional advice from a physiotherapist. 5. Cross-Train and Rest: Incorporate cross-training into your fitness routine to work different muscle groups and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Additionally, make sure to schedule regular and extremely important rest days to allow your body to recover and repair itself. 6. Use Protective Gear: Depending on your sport or activity, wearing appropriate protective gear can significantly reduce the risk of injury. This can include head protectors, knee pads, mouthguards, or supportive braces. 7. Seek Professional Help: If you do sustain a sports injury, it's crucial to seek professional help from a qualified physiotherapist. Here at Physiotherapy with Lorraine Carroll & Simon Coghlan, we specialise in treating sports-related injuries and can provide personalised treatment plans to help you recover and prevent future injuries. Remember, preventing sports injuries is always better than treating them. By following these expert tips and seeking professional advice when needed, you can enjoy your favourite activities while minimising the risk of injury. Stay active, stay safe, and prioritise your physical well-being! If you have any questions or concerns about sports injuries or would like to learn more about our services, don't hesitate to contact us at Lorraine Carroll and Simon Coghlan Physiotherapy. We are here to help you stay injury-free and achieve your fitness goals.


By Lorraine Carroll


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