As Clinical Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, we are specialised in the diagnosis and management of problems of the musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, nerves, connective tissue etc), including sports injuries. Sports injuries can result from mechanical trauma (acute injuries e.g. ligament sprain) or repetitive overload to the musculoskeletal tissues (overuse injuries e.g. tendinopathy or stress fracture).
At IONA Physiotherapy, we see people from all types of sport, including dance performance. There are only so many ways to injure the musculoskeletal system but each sport carries with it various physical demands and risks of injury. Rehabilitation following injury must vary accordingly which is why, with the same injury e.g. an ankle sprain; the rugby player will be rehabbed differently to the teenage gymnast, ensuring a safe return to sport.
Sports physiotherapy encompasses this difference in focus and also includes injury prevention. Pre-season screening is available for all sports people and performers and will form the foundation of an individualised exercise programme aimed at minimising the risk of injury throughout the season.