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Rehabbing Runners with Sports Injury
There are many levels of being an active runner. There are the everyday joggers, active athletes that use running as apart of their physical training, sprinters who run for a living who can be viewed as track stars, and the person who occasionally or annually participates in distant running activities.
For each level of participation, the runner is vulnerable to the same form of defeat – a runner’s injury. Having a physio who is a passionate recreational competitive runner truly helps in understanding the holistic aspects of running injuries. It is imperative not to only understand progression in rehabilitating the specific tissue damage while employing post-injury activities to strengthen the damaged tissue for future use, but also the mental aspects of a runner, the training plans and day to day activities outside of running that will impact the injuries.
Common Runner Injuries
Runner’s Knee: This injury is when the kneecap is rubbing against the bone behind it. This injury will present itself in the form of pain around the knee cap when performing simple tasks such as sitting down or standing up.
Achilles Tendonitis: This injury occurs in the tendon at the back of the ankle. When using steps the tendon is employed for flexibility. When injured the pain is most prevalent during the morning due to stiffness, jumping, running.
Hamstring: The area affected by this injury is in the back of the leg. This particular muscle has been strained beyond its ability to load and can be torn which causes the pain.
The Benefits of a Running Physio
The ability of a running physio to provide relief from these injuries while offering ways to avoid a recurrence creates a dual opportunity to receive treatment alongside preventive measures for that specific issue.
In rehab for runners, the area of concern will determine the application of technique. For the specific injuries described here, manual work with modalities such as focal and/or radial shockwave and/or INDIBA radiofrequency to promote healing and relax the muscles in the damaged area are key to the recovery process. Rehab for runners requires specific exercises to strengthen the muscle as an essential element of a successful post-recovery. Loosening of the muscle around the damaged area through manual techniques will require a strengthening of the same muscle to protect the runner’s future usage of that muscle. As a physio runner, the key is to keep runners running while recovering.
Requirements To Become A Physiotherapist
Physiotherapists are required to obtain a bachelor degree in physiotherapy from an accredited institution. The knowledge of anatomy is essential to the success of a sports massage centred on healing the damaged tissue. Understanding the location of the tendon located behind the ankle, the hamstring along the back of the calf or the friction on one bone upon another in the runner’s knee injury is essential. This knowledge ensures the successful application of proper manual work and sports taping to assist in returning the body to a healthy level available for return to running pain-free once again.
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