Category Archives: Sports injuries

All of these articles relate to preventing or managing sports injuries.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage – IASTM

IASTM – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage – This is the new buzz word at the moment among Physiotherapists, but this is not a new treatment technique, in fact instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation has been used for thousands of … Continue reading

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Stretching tips for runners: Static and dynamic

Static sustained stretches are designed to hold a position for a joint/muscle. Research suggests that holding the position for 30–60 seconds will increase flexibility in the tissue; conversely, done prior to activity, static stretching may actually inhibit the muscle’s ability … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Ski Injury

Conditioning: Maybe you think you are in good shape. You run once in a while or swim three times a week. This does not mean that you are in shape for skiing. Skiing requires strength of the quadriceps, gluteal muscles and … Continue reading

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Shin Splints

Summary Shin splints are a general term for pain on the inside of the shin. This article considers the most common cause of shin splints, the muscle tibialis anterior, the causative factors for shin splints and the possible treatments. Shin splints … Continue reading

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Deal Physiotherapy: Marathon training tips

For marathon running there are lots of schedules around and everyone you talk to has an opinion. However here are some suggestions which are generally accepted; (1) Have a schedule for 3 months before the race. (2) Run 2 sessions … Continue reading

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Marathon training – common injuries and reasons they occur

‘The big three’ The three most common issues for runners are; 1. “Runner’s knee” or Iliotibial friction syndrome (ITB). This is THE most common injury to the  lateral knee (21%). It is an inflammation of the fat pad/ perosteum/distal ITB … Continue reading

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Kent Physiotherapy – Tennis injuries

The game of tennis is one that requires endurance, flexibility and overall fitness. Many people become injured while playing tennis either from a sudden impact or from overuse of muscles and joints. Some common overuse injuries are: Tennis elbow (lateral … Continue reading

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Physio Deal Kent – Common stretches often forgotten

Most of us know we should stretch when we exercise, but can be guilty of skipping this part of our training. For more information on why we stretch and when see our past post ‘Warm up and cool down – … Continue reading

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Sports Physio Deal Kent – Marathon training

10 tips for successful marathon training 1. Stretching is not optional. Protect your body from injury by learning how to stretch properly and incorporating those stretches into every run, no matter how short. 2. Even the most devoted marathon runners … Continue reading

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Cricket injuries

4 most common cricket injuries 1.    Running injuries Hamstring pulls are common in cricketers, especially in players who spend their week sitting down which causes an imbalance between the hamstrings (underused when sitting) and the hip flexing muscles (shorten when … Continue reading

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Shoulder pain

The shoulder is a very important joint in many sports such as racquet sports, swimming and ball sports.  It is an extremely mobile joint and relies on good muscle control to maintain stability. Repetitive movements such as throwing a ball, … Continue reading

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The Barefoot Running debate

The human species is one of the most efficient terrestrial animals. We adapted to run on dry riverbeds and grasslands and throughout most of human history running was performed while barefoot or in thin-soled shoes but development of modern society … Continue reading

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Sports Physio Kent

The benefit of sports and keeping active are numerous but the physical demands can lead to injuries. Sports Physio can facilitate the healing process as well prevent further issues. The range of sports injuries aided by Sports Physio is vast … Continue reading

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So what do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists facilitate the restoration of joint and body movement and normal body function in cases of injury, illness and disability. As well as treating specific problem(s) we may also suggest ways you can improve your general health and well-being  Physiotherapy is a holistic approach, looking at … Continue reading

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Ultrasound therapy – Kent Physiotherapy

Electrotherapy serves as an indispensable adjunct to other Physiotherapy modalities. It is commonly used in the treatment of pain and inflammation. Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy in the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders. It treats the cause not just the … Continue reading

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Warm and cool down – why bother and what to do

Why should I warm up and cool down? There are numerous health benefits associated with performing an effective warm up and cool down before and after sport or activity. These include: Reduced likelihood of injury Improved athletic performance Greater mental … Continue reading

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PRICE and avoid HARM

Acute injury management  This advice should be followed for 3-5 days following a soft tissue injury.   When following PRICE it is also important to avoid HARM, hence the saying: ‘Give PRICE and avoid HARM‘ PROTECT – Protect the injured … Continue reading

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How to improve your running

Merging simple yoga-based poses with strength-training challenges the core, hip and thigh muscles in ways that running doesn’t and helps minimise muscle imbalances that can lead to injury. These movements are synched to your breathing (inhaling or exhaling). How often? … Continue reading

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Sports injuries: Top 10 preventative measures

1. Start off slowly and pace yourself – This is often a common problem, it is very easy to get carried away and overdo it on the first session. Whatever exercise/training you are doing make sure you start off slowly … Continue reading

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Ash Physiotherapy

At United Health we provide a local service for local people. Our conveniently located clinic in Sandwich Leisure Centre services the nearby areas including Ash, Wingham, Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs (Thanet), Sturry and Preston among others. We offer Physiotherapy assessments and … Continue reading

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