Sports injuries

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Physiotherapists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. They can help return you to your best level of function after an injury.


A physiotherapist may use the following techniques:

  • 'hands on' techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation
  • taping to support an area or facilitate normal movement
  • rehabilitation exercises and advice, taking into account individual goals and history

Physiotherapists also have a role in injury prevention. There are several injuries (including ankle sprains, knee injuries and hamstring strains) for which the risk can be significantly reduced if a specific injury prevention program is used. These programs are typically not time intensive and can actually improve sporting performance as well.


Common sporting injuries:

  • joint sprains— knee, ankle, shoulder and finger injuries
  • muscle strains—hamstring, calf, quadricep
  • tendon injuries—achilles, patella and gluteal tendon pain
  • bony overuse injuries—such as 'shin splints' or stress fractures
  • rehabilitation from surgery —knee, shoulder or ankle arthroscopies or reconstructions

The physiotherapy profession emphasises the importance of evidence-based practice, using findings from clinical and biological research to support assessment, treatment and decision-making. If you are suffering from a sports related injury, it is important to have your condition assessed by a physiotherapist.


Thanks to Aiden Rich for contributing this content.