Sports Injuries

Progress aims to get you back to full activity levels again, whether it is to participate in elite sport, for the enjoyment of your leisure activities or for the sake of your general health. Sports injuries are both common and can potentially limit future participation in sport if left untreated.

Sports injuries vary from sport to sport. They can be anything from contact injuries as a result of a tackle in football or road running traumas that affect the bone, to soft tissue injuries that can occur through playing tennis or through skiing. Injuries can occur during a sporting activity but may also be due to an everyday musculo-skeletal condition that requires treating. Our sports injury clinic offers high standards of care, which is reflected in the treatment provided by our specialist physiotherapists. We offer a highly specialised service to individuals at all levels from recreational to professional and treat athletes of all abilities.

What causes sports injuries?
Sports injuries can have a variety of causes and vary between different sports and different individuals. One of the objectives in treating sports injuries is to identify the factors that caused it and then aim to prevent further problems in the future.

If a sports injury is left untreated, what can happen?
The injured area may become more painful, weak, inflexible and unstable and participation in sports may become more and more difficult.

Why do injuries happen?
Common Causes of Sports Injuries can be divided into Intrinsic Factors and Extrinsic Factors.

Intrinsic Factors are those that involve aspects of your physical makeup: a number of biomechanical factors, flexibility (too much / too little), strength (muscle imbalances or weaknesses), leg length differences, posture, foot shape and movement during exercise, and others.

Extrinsic Factors include aspects of your training/exercise programme, technique, equipment, surfaces upon which you are training on, and environment.

Identifying these factors is important, since many can be changed to speed recovery and prevent recurrence. Sometimes it is obvious, but you may need a trained eye. The use of video analysis, gait assessment and input from a coach or one or more members of a sports medicine team may be helpful.