14 Nov Post-Season – Recuperating the Body
As the seasons change throughout the year, we see a shift in the competitive sports that fill our stadiums and TV screens. The beginning of some means the ending of others, and while some may have had a successful season, there are always those who will wonder what they could have improved on.
If you’ve suffered numerous injuries or been carrying slight niggles throughout the season, you know the frustration. Injuries mean time off, niggles are a distraction, and whether you play competitively or socially, you want to be able to play to the best of your ability. A study conducted on football players by Hagglund et al. (2013) found that a strong correlation existed between high injury rates and poor team performance. With this in mind, the off-season may be the perfect opportunity to recuperate the body and be ready to take on the next season.
Here are our suggestions to get your body back on track:
- Have the injury assessed – if you have reoccurring injuries or a constant niggle that hasn’t resolved itself, there may be something wrong with the way you’re doing things. Having the injury assessed can help identify what the underlying cause is. By doing this, a tailored treatment strategy can then be created to allow for optimal recovery.
- Treatment – resolving your issue may require a range of techniques. Anything from soft tissue release, joint mobilisation, stretching and/or strengthening.
- Goal setting – in the times where it seems there is no end in sight, your goals will remind you of what you want to achieve. Make them small, progressive and achievable – with the end goal being to play a full season of your desired sport.
- Persistence – if you’ve had the injury for a while, there is a good chance that it will take a decent amount of time to recover. How persistent you are with your recovery will determine the long-term success of your rehabilitation.
We are here to listen to your concerns and guide you through the healing process. From our Musculoskeletal Therapists (MST) and Remedial Massage Therapists (RMT), to our wonderful Dietitians and Podiatrist, we have all been equipped with the experience and knowledge to get you back to your best. The team at Health Place are here to help your body improve after a season of sporting endeavours.
Hägglund M, Waldén M, Magnusson H, et al. Injuries affect team performance negatively in professional football: an 11-year follow-up of the UEFA Champions League injury study. Br J Sports Med Published Online First: 03 May 2013. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092215