When you injure yourself… playing on the field, who you gonna call?

Well, probably not the Ghostbusters. But you are definitely going to want to call a sports physiotherapist. They are the experts in everything to do with sporting injuries.

Sports injuries are quite different to regular injuries as generally an athlete will want to get back on their feet and playing again as quickly as possible. That is why a sports physiotherapist has a unique set of medical skills.

It’s kind of criminal to think that these skills were not widely recognised until recently. The profession has existed since the 19th century, but it is only in the last few decades that science has proven sports physiotherapists help speed up the healing process of many sports-related injuries.

Let’s look at the other benefits now…

The Four Main Benefits of Sports Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal Health

Yikes, that’s a big word. But basically, it means the health of the bones and muscles in the body. A sports physio will suggest exercises that increase a patient’s range of movement, up their strength levels, or give increased endurance.

If a patient is dealing with a specific injury, then their suggestions can reduce pain and swelling, as well as speeding up the healing process.

Neurological Health

While they may be labelled as a ‘sports’ physiotherapist, it does not mean they can only work with injured athletes. They can also use their professional training to offer relief for neurological ailments like spinal cord disorders, cerebral palsy, strokes and multiple sclerosis.

Cardiopulmonary Issues

Another big word! Translation = things that affect the heart and lungs (kind of vital areas). A sports physio can help individuals suffering from these issues get more quality of life by improving their breathing and endurance. By addressing these two areas, it can make it easier for them to go about their daily lives.

Faster Healing

This one is probably the most obvious benefit, getting sportspeople back out on the field as quickly as possible. Now that doesn’t mean rushing them back before they are ready to play, but it means diagnosing the issue and devising a treatment plan that corrects the injury without delay.

Without their specialist sports knowledge, physios would not be able to speed up the healing process of their patients. They also wouldn’t be able to recommend how to prevent injuries from occurring again or remove the emotional stresses that come along with an injury.

It seems like it is far more vital to call a sports physiotherapist as opposed to the Ghostbusters!