Injuries are more frequent in the lower limb than the upper limb (ie. in the legs more frequently than the arms) in terms of hospital-treated
The risk of sustaining an injury is higher in some sports greater than
others. In Australia, eight sports are estimated to account for 75% of all sports injuries. They are football (including AFL, rugby league, rugby union and soccer), basketball, netball, hockey, and cricket (indoor and outdoor).
1 in 5 adult Australians are prevented from being more physically active by a sports related injury
This begs the question- what separates the reliable athletes from the more injury prone ones? The answer is in one or several of the anatomical, biomechanical and technical factors that can increase your risk of sustaining an injury during sports and activity.
Decreased muscle agonist/antagonist strength ratio
Reduced motor control
Lack of training
The dependable athlete is not purely skilled in the game, but also skilled at staying clear of injury. Evidence shows that motor control and strengthening programs can be beneficial for preventing or minimising the risk of sustaining an injury. In many cases physiotherapists perform sport specific assessments to identify factors which may predispose to injury, and to assist with injury prevention and management.
At Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy, we use a combination of manual therapy and sports specific exercise programs to minimise your injury risk on and off the field. The right program not only offers athletes an injury free season but also improves agility, strength and endurance. It helps create the high performance, dependable athlete.
Suffering from a sports injury from the weekend or wanting tips on preventing an injury, Pivotal Motion your local Physio can help. Located in North Brisbane, call us today on 07 3352 5116 or book online.
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