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Sports Injury Treatment

The term sports injury, in the broadest sense, refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warmup and stretching.

Many people are now seeking advice on how to get active for all of the health benefits exercise has to offer. But for some people, particularly those who overdo it or who don’t properly train or warm up—these benefits can come at a price: sports injuries.

Fortunately, most sports injuries can be treated effectively, and most people who suffer injuries can return to a satisfying level of physical activity after an injury. Even better, many sports injuries can be prevented if people take the proper precautions.

Taping and Strapping

Taping and strapping is used to completely or partially immobilise joint movements and allow the client to perform remedial exercises without aggravating the injury. Taping can be used to:

- help improve proprioception
- alleviate biomechanical problems
- assist the athlete with a faster return to activity

Taping and strapping is also widely used to help prevent re-injury or help prevent new injury during participation in sports.

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric.

Kinesio taping has the ability to

- re-educate the neuromuscular system
- reduce pain and inflammation
- enhance performance
- prevent injury
- promote good circulation and healing
- assist in returning the body to homeostasis

Sports Massage

Massage today is an integral part of the athletic regime for sports medicine clinics, college training rooms, professional locker rooms and Olympic training. Professional trainers believe that massage provides an extra edge for athletes who compete in high performance sports. Massage is an essential ingredient for what is considered a complete workout. It is now universally accepted that a complete workout routine not only includes the exercise, but also involves caring for wear-and-tear and minor injuries that enivitably occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an essential element of to a total conditioning program.

Anyone who routinely pushes their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, racquet sports, strength training and aerobics can reap the benefit of massage.

Incorporating massage into a conditioning program brings many benefits – speeds up the process of getting into good shape – this with less stiffness and soreness. It also helps with faster recovery from heavy workouts while relieving conditions which may cause injury.