Sports medicine is the study and the practice of medical principles related to the science of sports. It focuses on the medical and therapeutic aspects of sports participation. Making you stronger, faster and less likely to incur injury is an important part of the recovery process.
The field of sports medicine encompasses many different health careers, including:
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Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Treatment in Ottawa
Ottawa-Carleton Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Center is one of the leading sports medicine centers in Ottawa. Our physiotherapists are here to help those individuals with sports injuries get back on track doing the things they love to do. We treat all kinds of sports injuries, such as:
Treatment of Injuries with Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists know the biomechanics of sport and the underlying causes of a sports injury. This enables us to better understand injuries and carefully get you back to playing sports. Physiotherapy can help both amateur and professional players with sport and activity-related aches and pains, sprains and strains, overuse injuries, concussion prevention, assessment and recovery, and more. At Ottawa-Carleton Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Center, our physiotherapists have vast experience working with sports injuries. Our physiotherapists can help you heal from your injury, improve your movement and form, and avoid repeating the same injuries. Our treatment process includes the following options:
Manual therapy: A hands-on method used to repair the joint alignment, soft tissue movement, muscle control, strength and flexibility.
Exercise prescription: Through exercises, you can not only recover from your sports injuries but also bring you back to the level of competition before your injury.
Athletic taping: It gives relief from pain, limits the swelling and provides support for acute injuries.
Screening assessment: This is a one-hour screening of the patient’s movement, flexibility, health, and alignment. Specific corrective exercises are suggested to correct these deficiencies and enhance athletic performance.
How to Prevent a Sports Injury?
Sports injuries occur when some muscles are strained while others remain underused. Whether you’re new to a sport or are an experienced athlete, here are a few steps you can take to prevent injuries:
Be in a proper physical state to play a sport: Many injuries can be prevented by following a regular conditioning program of activities planned particularly for your sport.
Wear proper protective gear and equipment: Protective gear that fits you well can protect your knees, hands, teeth, among other body parts.
Rest: Proper rest can make you stronger and prevent injuries of overuse, fatigue and poor judgment.
Always warm-up before engaging in the sport: You may just start your sport slowly, or practice specific stretching depending upon your sport.
Avoid playing when very tired or in pain: You need to be aware of the warning signs your body gives.
Physiotherapy sessions: Physiotherapy can put the generally underused muscles to work, in addition to strengthening them.
You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage. Athletes use this type of massage to prepare for or recover after their event to help prevent injuries and to recover from injuries they are dealing with. Anyone can benefit from this type of massage.
If you have restricted motion, chronic pain or an injury that won’t seem to go away, you will benefit from a sports massage. No matter what your injury may be, we offer you our experience in sports medicine, which along with your determination can help you start feeling better today.
When Should I Get One?
Besides stimulating blood circulation and lymph fluids, a sports massage is great for particular targeted areas of the body that you are having problems with. A great example of this is a frozen shoulder where there is tremendous pain and restricted movement. It is effective in the treatment of hamstring, neck, knees, etc.
Sports massage is a great type of physiotherapy for anyone, call and book your massage today with one of our registered massage therapists. Tell us where it hurts and we will do the rest! We work with most insurers. You can also read our blog to learn more about our services.