Could Physiotherapy be the answer to your football injury?
The combination of some wonderful weather and the recent excitement of the World Cup is enough to inspire us all to head to the park for a picnic and a game of footie with friends. And why not? There are many advantages to the beautiful game:
It promotes fitness, using an extensive range of physical exercise, increasing strength and muscular endurance while developing co-ordination and agility.It’s a great leveller, fostering teamwork and camaraderie.It can be cheap and easy – a ball is all that’s really required.
But if you’re not used to it (and even if you are), football can be hard on the body. Even if you’re just playing it for fun in the park. And that’s when injuries can occur. Far from being one long continuous period of running and kicking, there’s a lot of stop-start activity during a 90-minute game. With that in mind, it pays to increase strength and agility before even getting onto the pitch and to follow some simple tips for getting the most from your kick about:
Seek advice, preferably from a personal trainer, to assess current fitness, put together appropriate goals (pardon the pun!) and a tailored training programme.
Invest in proper football boots and shin-pads to support knees, ankles and feet.
Always warm and stretch muscles before training starting off with a slow jog. As football is all about running, jumping, quick changes of direction and stop-start activity, it’s best to do some dynamic warm-ups – sprinting, jogging, jumping, turning and dribbling the ball.
Cool down and stretch properly after training.
Take time off! Taking a well-earned rest day prevents overuse and enables the body to repair itself.
Never train if injured – take the time to recover.
But if you should you experience pain or pick up an injury that doesn’t get better, then you could visit a Physiotherapist. Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function and decrease pain. They can also refer a patient for further diagnostic tests, provide tailored advice and/or exercise programmes to help repair or prevent injury.
At Brixton Therapy Centre our Chartered Physiotherapist, Katie Jeeves, has a broad depth of knowledge and experience working with a variety of conditions and injuries. She has now specialised in working with musculoskeletal conditions, post-op rehabilitation and sporting and occupational injuries. She works by providing tailored exercise, advice, and manual therapy and by developing long-term strategies to prevent recurrent injuries and ongoing pain.
In 2016 Katie completed a foundation course in acupuncture and may use this as an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment. So, if you’ve been injured trying to channel your inner Harry Kane then why not get in touch?