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At ProHealth Clinic in Croydon Park, sports injuries are one of the most common ailments that bring our patients in to see us. Most sports injuries are a result of trauma or overuse of the muscles and joints, and our practitioners in Croydon Park can help with sports injury treatment.
One of the most popular sports in Australia today is the world game, Soccer, or as the English call it, Football. Despite being such an enjoyable sport, it is unfortunately plagued with injuries that can arise from several different factors. This could be due to overtraining, over-exertion during a match, poor warm up protocol, and contact-related trauma. Our sport injury physios in Croydon Park commonly see lower limb muscular strains amongst soccer players, in particular the hamstring. The mechanism of injury for a hamstring strain usually involves rapid muscle contraction during the process of engaging in a sprint or jump that stretches the muscular tendon past its capacity. The level of hamstring strain is graded either 1, 2, or 3, and the severity will determine what type of sport injury treatment the player needs. Another common injury that presents to the clinic amongst soccer players is a lateral ankle sprain. This injury will usually occur due to poor proprioception at the ankle or poor muscular control. A history of repetitive ankle sprains is also a red flag that it will continue to happen in the future if the issue is not addressed. Like the hamstring, a ligament sprain is also graded 1-3 with the said grade determining what treatment is needed.
Another incredibly popular sport in Australia today is Rugby league. Due to the fast paced nature of the sport as well as the heavy repetitive contact that players will have to endure through an 80-minute match, it is no surprise that players sometimes walk off the field in a bit of pain.
Unfortunately, concussions are one of the most common and unfortunate injuries Rugby players experience. The mechanism of a concussion injury is usually due to a direct impact to the head that may come from an opponent’s shoulder or knee. This significant trauma will cause the brain to jolt back and forth within the skull that causes chemical changes in the brain for a short period of time. Now as sports injury chiropractors and physiotherapists we can’t physically do anything to prevent or help this kind of injury. However, we can educate the public to make sure they realise how serious it can be.
Another anatomical region injured during rugby league is the shoulder. The shoulder is a very complex joint with so many different structures that are vulnerable during contact sport. One of the most common shoulder injuries that our sport injury physios see in Croydon Park is an AC joint sprain. This, like we have mentioned above, can be graded 1-3 and is usually caused by a direct impact onto the tip of the shoulder which can occur through a strong tackle. Alongside this injury, Glenohumeral joint dislocation as well as labral tears are common amongst rugby league players.
It is so important to first know the functional deficits that each athlete may have prior to playing sport. Some examples of a functional deficit can be a lack of hip or ankle mobility, and/or underactivity of certain muscle groups leading to the overactivity of others. These functional deficits can be screened upon initial consultation with a Chiropractor to help prevent any of the injuries mentioned above. Screening is an important tool that allows the practitioner to tailor a rehabilitation program to your needs and your sport which in turn ensures peak performance and mitigates injury risk. If an injury has unfortunately occurred, we have a range of sports injury treatment modalities in Croydon Park that assist in recovery such as:
If you’re looking for a doctor for sports injuries in Croydon Park, Pro Health have a team of physiotherapists and chiropractors at the ready to assist with treatment.