Sports Rehab Services
At Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre we supply innovative evidence-based Sports Rehabilitation Services for those sportsmen and sportswomen who have sustained an injury during sport. Over the years at Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre we have treated sportsmen and sportswomen of all standards, from Olympic athletes to casual social participants. Our physiotherapists have a wealth of knowledge and are able to supply effective individualised sports rehabilitation programs for injured athletes wanting to get back to what they love as soon as possible . Our physiotherapy staff are all keen sporting participants involved in a number of sports locally: soccer, tennis, surfing, running, cycling, netball, swimming, triathlons........and more. Our staff have access to, and utilise, the latest research to provide up-to-date effective rehabilitation programs. We are also well versed in the provision of post-surgical rehabilitation and follow evidence-based post-surgical rehab protocols. If you require rehabilitation following a sporting injury or post-surgery the team of highly skilled physiotherapists at Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre can help. We also offer conditioning programs to those wishing to improve global strength, flexibility, core strength, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular fitness.
State of the Art Technology
We have access to cutting edge technologies to aid your recovery from injury and monitor your progress accurately. Real-time ultrasound (to assess deep abdominal strength), EMG (electromyography) to assess muscle activation accurately, biofeedback devices (for assessment of appropriate muscle recruitment) laser, therapeutic ultrasound, interferential, TENS, muscle stimulation (to help stimulate the contraction of weakened musculature), dynamometry (to accurately assess muscle strength), goniometry (to assess joint ROM / flexibility), resistance devices (resistance band and resistance tubing), weights, fitballs, rollers, balance disks and wobble-boards (to challenge balance), and variable height steps are just some of the assessment and treatment tools at our disposal. We will make sure you are ready to return to the sport you love with adequate global strength, flexibility, core strength, stamina and balance (proprioception) so as to limit your risk of re-injury. We will incorporate sports-specific drills to help prepare you for your return to sport. At Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre we provide biomechanical analysis and injury prevention strategies to limit your chance of injury during sport.
Sports Rehab for Juniors
Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre staff are heavily involved in the management and prevention of sporting injuries in junior sportspersons. We treat many younger athletes in a wide range of sporting codes. Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre staff have treated a number of SWAS (South West Academy of Sport) juniors over the years providing conditioning programs, injury rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies. Regardless of your skill level we are able to help you with your sports rehab requirements.
Ben Liston has introduced the SPRIG program (Stretch Pro-actively to Reduce Injury to Growth-plates) to junior sporting associations to help reduce injury rates in our junior sportspersons. Ben is heavily involved in junior sport, not only as a physiotherapist, but also as a local coach.
For more information visit our SPRIG program page: click / tap here.
Hands-On Treatment and Home Exercise Program Provision
Dunsborough Physiotherapy staff are able to supply effective in-room hands-on treatment as part of a comprehensive sports rehab program. We can also formulate a home exercise program specific to your condition and your stage of recovery. This program will include all the necessary exercises to improve strength, flexibility, range of joint motion, and balance (proprioception). We will progress your home exercise program in accordance with your stage of recovery. Our physiotherapists will assess your biomechanics as required, to ensure that any faults in technique are recognised and altered accordingly. We use a number of hands-on physiotherapy treatment techniques to speed recovery including joint mobilisation techniques, soft tissue mobilisation, neural stretching, muscle strengthening, rigid sports taping and kinesio taping techniques, massage, dry needling, trigger point therapy and more. We have access to numerous technologies as mentioned above which we employ as part of our sport rehabilitation therapy.
If you have required surgical intervention following a sporting injury at Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre are able to deliver high quality rehabilitation to speed your recovery. We are aware of the most up-to-date rehab protocols, and will supply a rehab program specific to your surgery, and your surgeon's protocols. We are able to supply hands-on treatment using treatment techniques designed to relieve pain, decrease swelling, increase movement and improve muscle strength. At Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre we also offer one-on-one hydrotherapy, pilates, massage, and physiotherapy-supervised individually designed gym programs (incorporating strengthening, stretching, joint range of movement and proprioception exercises).
We are able to accurately monitor your progress with cutting-edge technology: goniometry to assess joint range of motion and flexibility, hand dynamometry and push/pull dynamometry to assess muscle strength, real-time ultrasound to assess core-strength and pelvic floor activation, and electromyography to assess muscle activity and strength.
Hydrotherapy is often a useful part of sports rehabilitation, particularly in the early phases of recovery or post-surgically, Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre offers a one-on-one hydrotherapy service. Megan Liston, a physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience will structure a hydrotherapy rehab program specific to your needs, following the relevant post-surgical physio rehabilitation guidelines.
A water medium provides the advantages of buoyancy to de-load weight-bearing structures. The warmth of the water can aid mobility and reduce pain. The resistance of water can be useful to help strengthen weakened muscle groups. Turbulence of water can be used to challenge proprioception (balance). Megan is able to supervise your hydrotherapy program regularly and progress your exercises as appropriate to help speed your recover post-surgery.
The physiotherapy staff at Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre are highly skilled in the development of innovative and appropriate gym programs to aid in your recovery from injury. The physio staff can supply a gym program which is specific to your injury. Gym programs will be progressed at regular intervals to ensure a rapid return to sport. We are able to supervise your program one-on-one as often as is necessary. We will also suggest a home-based exercise program as required to target specific areas of concern. Our staff have great knowledge and background in exercise prescription and progression. We will incorporate both free weights and chain weights into your program. Importantly we will not only prescribe strengthening exercises for global muscle groups, but also ensure that adequate core strengthening is a part of your routine to lessen the risk of re-injury.
Core strengthening is an integral part of any sports rehab program. Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre supplies one-on-one, and small group size pilates tuition. Pilates is one of the better methods of improving core strength. Evie Crowe, a physiotherapist with many years of physiotherapy experience supplies one-on-one tuition, and will progress you at an appropriate pace to ensure you engage your core effectively. A strong base of support is essential to deliver maximal global musculature power. Prescription of a home-based pilates exercise routine is also offered and is often effective in ensuring core musculature is properly engaged: often not the case if pilates exercises are progressed too rapidly. We have access to Real-Time Ultrasound to assess your deep abdominal and pelvic floor function this assessment tool will ensure you are properly engaging these core muscle groups during exercise.
There are a number of general injury prevention strategies which apply to all activities and sports. For more specific detail in regards to injury prevention strategies specific to your sport / activity of choice contact Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre. Our physios can provide an exercise program to limit your risk of injury.
Our Sports Rehab Page has a huge amount of information about injuries commonly seen in a number of different sporting codes and specific injury prevention strategies.
Injury Prevention - General Guidelines
Pre-Game Warm-Up / Stretching and Post-Game Cool-Down
Wearing of Protective Clothing
Relevant Global Musculature strengthening
Flexibilty / Joint Range of Movement program
Correct Biomechanics / Technique
Proper Nutrition: including hydration, carbohydrate intake and electrolyte intake.
Need more information? Call us at Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre.
Ben Liston of Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre has over 25 years of physiotherapy experience.
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