Occurs when the ankle rolls outwards or inwards under force eg. landing awkwardly. Fibres of the ligaments that stabilise the ankle may be torn, resulting in pain and instability in the ankle. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible following the injury to reduce swelling and inflammation and prevent the injury recurring. Without proper rehabilitation to an injured ankle, the chance of re-injury is substantially increased. Until you can see your physiotherapist, remember to rest, ice and elevate your ankle.
This is a blanket term covering most overuse and degenerative injuries that occur in the shoulder. As the shoulder has many degrees of movement it is important to have optimal stabilisation of the shoulder into the socket to control it through all ranges of movement. Over-training, fatigue, changing training conditions and any weakness or tightness in the muscles surrounding the shoulder can contribute to a muscle imbalance which may lead to uneven wearing or damage. Poor posture and positioning of the shoulder can also lead to poor biomechanics and loading of the shoulder which can result in injury or pain. Shoulder injuries can be slow to heal but it is important to avoid pain provoking activities. Your physiotherapist will do a thorough assessment and will work with you on regaining your full range of motion before commencing you on a graduated strength and stability program.
Hamstring Strain/ Tear
This is one of the most common sporting injuries especially in sports requiring intense speed and power. An acute tear will often be felt immediately when the player kicks a ball or quickly decelerates or accelerates for a sprint. Risk factors for hamstring tears include poor flexibility or strength, an inadequate or rushed warm-up, a muscle imbalance between the quadriceps muscle at the front and the hamstring muscle at the back or a stiff lower back. Following a hamstring tear, ice and rest your leg and visit your physiotherapist for assessment and proper management and advice. Poorly managed hamstring tears can become recurring due to the formation of scar tissue.