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Running is a common sport, which has many benefits to one’s health. Who would have thought that the repetitive action of running could cause many injuries from head to toe! Some common running injuries are shin splints, tendonitis, and stress fractures which are due to overuse… they can be avoided.
Common causes of these injuries include:
- Inappropriate training timetables
- Sudden change of speed, direction, or distance.
- Incorrect choice of footwear
Tips to help reduce the risk of injury:
- Follow a structured training program.
- Warm-up and stretch muscles before and after each run
- Gradually increase speed and distance
- Include rest days in your schedule
Footwear is the key to avoiding injury. At our Stanmore clinic, the physiotherapist can recommend insoles and refer to our podiatrist who can advise and assess any alterations in the biomechanics of your feet. They will also provide you with an individually tailored exercise program and use a variety of pain-relieving methods. If you experience pain, do not run through it. Always seek medical attention if pain persists.
Tennis is a popular summer sport, becoming more and more favored by young children. Common injuries a tennis player will experience are at the wrist, elbow, and shoulder; these include tennis elbow, wrist tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and rotator cuff bursitis.
Some factors increase the likelihood of injury:
- Failure to warm and stretch muscles.
- Incorrect technique
- Overuse- playing for too long, too many times a week.
- Incorrect equipment.
- Unsuitable environment.
To avoid injuries:
- Warm-up and stretch main muscle groups.
- Ensure you have learned the correct technique to play tennis.
- Ensure you have rest days and time your sessions effectively.
- Make sure your racquet is measured to suit your height and appropriate footwear is worn.
- Try not to play on windy or wet days.
If an injury occurs, stop playing immediately to prevent further damage and seek medical advice. At Sherwood, the physiotherapy team will be able to treat and relieve pain, and other members of the team will be on hand to provide their services.
The repetitive action of swinging a golf club may not seem like it could do much damage, but golf leads to many overuse injuries. Analyzing a golfer’s swing, one can appreciate the power required and the number of muscle groups being affected by the process. Common Golf Injuries include golfer’s elbow, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and blisters.
Common Causes of golf-related injuries
- Incorrect footwear
- Incorrect or lack of hand protection
- Poor posture and technique
- Exerting a strain
Methods of Reducing Risk of Injuries
- When starting out be sure that your technique is not flawed. It is advised to seek help from a coach to get the basics correct
- Warm-up and stretch thoroughly before the start and stretch after.
- Do not dismiss twinges and strains in the body and continue playing, seek a medical opinion
- Wear the appropriate footwear and glove to prevent blisters
Our chartered physiotherapists at our Stanmore clinic, specializing in sports injuries and will be able to provide you with a tailored treatment program to get you back to your peak and back on the course.