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What is Common Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries commonly occur during exercise or while participating in a sport. Thus, overuse or direct impact might lead to sports injuries.

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What is Sports Physiotherapy?

Sports Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy which is designed to help athletes with injuries and conditions occurred during any sports activity. The sports physiotherapist had sports-specific knowledge and a deep understanding of exercise science as well as biomechanics that helps them in making a rapid recovery. As athletes of all levels are happy to participate in competitions and tournaments that place a higher level of performance and demand on their body, which stresses their muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones. So, if you are injured, you know how important it is to recover quickly so that you can get back to the sport you love.

What are the various types of sports that require physiotherapy?

As players are at risk of injury at any moment. The injuries can sustain to the head, face, shoulder, arm, thigh, and knee. This injury can be prevented by using protective gears and safety equipment, also, make sure that the muscles and joints are properly warmed up and cool-down by proper exercises. These exercises should be done under the guidance of a trained and experienced physiotherapist. The following sports where the injuries occur commonly are:

Ice hockey

Common injuries are ACL strains or tears, Concussion, Muscle strains, etc.


Common injuries are Ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, knee tendonitis, etc.


Common injuries are Rotator cuff injury, Golfers elbow, Tendinitis in the wrist, etc.


Common injuries are Ankle injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, etc.

Though there are various other sports that also requires the physiotherapy treatment like Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball, Cricket, Tennis, Rugby, etc.

What are the sports injuries that can be treated using sports therapy?

There are many types of sports injuries. Depending on the sport you are playing, you might risk one or more of these types of injuries. Different sports injuries produce different symptoms and complications. Some of the common sports injuries are as follows;


Occurs when the end of the bone moves out of its socket i.e., from the normal position in a joint.


Occurs when the ligament that connects the bones stretches too much or tears. The most common sprained area are the ankle, knee, and wrist.


Occurs when a sudden force is applied to a bone resulting in broken bones. While, stress fractures are an overuse injury that occurs when the muscles are no longer able to absorb the pressure, thus resulting in a fracture.


Plantar Fasciitis

Occurs when too much stress and strain put on plantar fascia results in inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. The plantar fascia connects the heel to the front of the foot.

Ankle Sprains

Occurs when the ligament that supports the joint gets overstretched due to incorrect stepping or stepping on an uneven surface or due to twists and rolls.

Pulled Calf Muscle

Occurs when injury to any one of the muscles i.e., gastrocnemius or soleus is pulled from the Achilles tendon due to jumping or running.


Torn ACL or anterior cruciate ligament

Occurs when there is a tear or sprain in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a sudden stop, change of direction, jumping, or landing. ACL helps in keeping the knee joints together and brings stability.

Torn MCL or medial collateral ligament

Occurs when the knee is pushed sideways resulting in MCL injury. MCL connects the femur to the tibia.


Femoral-acetabular impingement

Occurs due to the multidirectional movement pattern, loading and abruptly starting, twisting, and stopping.

Groin Pull

occurs as a result of a pull or stretch of the muscles of the inner thigh. The player feels severe pain with a popping or snapping sound during the injury.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Occurs due to the overuse injury as the continuous friction created by the IT band along the outer side of the thigh, during running.


Shoulder impingement

Occurs due to the repetitive overhead movements during playing. As repetitive movements place demands to maintain high levels of muscular control, required to maintain the stability of the shoulder joint.

Acromioclavicular joint injury

Occurs due to direct contact hit into the shoulder. This shoulder injury is also known as a shoulder separation.

Rotator cuff injury

Occurs due to repeated rotator cuff injury by pinching or straining, catching, or squeezing the rotator cuff tendons. Rotator cuff forms when four muscle works together and keeps your shoulder moving in all directions.


Tennis Elbow

Occurs when the tendon of the forearm muscles is inflamed in the elbow caused by overusing and overload occurs from the serve and forehand stroke. The tendon is located on the outside of the elbows.

Golfer’s elbow

Occurs due to excessive use of topspin and due to overload on the backhand stroke. The tendon is located on the inside of the elbows.


Wrist strain

Occurs when the wrist moves in an abnormal position, suddenly twists, bends backward, or sustains heavy impact. The player feels tenderness, warmth, popping or tearing sounds, and difficulty in moving the wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

occur due to the laid-back grip, rotation of the palm upward, and quickly turning the wrist to perform the topspin.



occur when your brain collapses due to a sudden collision in the skull due to the rapid back and forth movement of the head and brain. You will experience a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body.

Neck splint

Occurs due to inflammation for an extended period of the muscles and connective tissue around your neck.

 Whiplash injury

Occurs by an abrupt or unexpected backward or forward motion of the neck. Falling suddenly or getting hit causes the head to jerk and the neck gets strained.

Thus, sports physiotherapy has proven to be quite useful in the rapid recovery of athletes and is one of the most trusted forms of treatment. Depending on the specific injury, the sports physiotherapist makes a treatment plan that will likely involve a combination of strength and conditioning exercises, stretching, myofascial release, etc.

Physiotherapy treatment techniques

A sports physiotherapist has a range of skills for assessment, examination, and diagnosis, and based on that will plan the treatment sports specific for the athlete. So, it is become important to start treatment and rehabilitation soon after the injury and continue using the therapeutic interventions in order to speed up the recovery of the athlete. Our Physiotherapy clinic in surrey will help you make the best treatment plan by targeting your specific needs for your sports injury recovery.

Mobility Exercises

Mobility exercises are crucial to the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. To help prevent injury you must have sufficient mobility to perform whatever movements are involved in your chosen activity. In rehabilitation, you must always regain mobility before you can work on your stability, strength, and power to get you back to full fitness.

Strength Training exercises

Strength training is often a crucial part of your rehabilitation program. Your physical therapist will design your exercise regimen under the direction and prescription of your physician and must guide your form. Achieving perfect form in these exercises is key to helping you return to your sport with the necessary control, strength, and power.

Static Stretching Exercise

Static stretches are an important aspect of injury prevention and are also useful in recovery from injury. Static stretches should be performed after you have exercised; using them before may reduce your capacity to release power, and does little to reduce your chances of injury. You should always aim to balance both sides of your body.

Proprioception Exercises

“Proprioception” is the name for the signals that your joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles send to your brain to provide it with information about the position of your joints, and the direction and pressure of your movements. These exercises work to improve your balance, coordination, and agility, and often involve full-body movement.

Plyometric Exercises

Plyometric exercises work to increase your speed, power, and flexibility, and are ideal for more sports. The exercises often involve stretching and contracting your muscles to build strength, responsiveness, and explosive power in your body. You can increase the pace at which these exercises are done as you progress.

Testing Exercises

testing Exercises are a useful means of monitoring the rate of recovery and the development of your power, speed, reach, range of motion, balance, and proprioception during the rehabilitation process. They enable your physical therapist to assess your progress and identify areas for improvement.


The sports physiotherapist use electrotherapy as it uses the electrical energy in a physiotherapy treatment can apply to a variety of treatments, as it helps in reducing pain, increase strength and range of movement, thus, increase the speed and strength of muscle contractions also increased rate of absorption.


Sports tapping is useful in limiting the range of motion for certain specific muscles and joints, this helps the body to heal faster. So, the physiotherapist uses this as a splint for sprained joints, which helps the injury heal at a much faster rate as well.


The sports physical therapist uses the orthotic device to support musculoskeletal function and the correction of muscle imbalances and inflexibility in uninjured areas should receive the attention of the rehabilitation team.

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