Aquatic exercise boosts recovery from

Sports Injuries

The term Sports Injury covers a multitude of injuries caused by particpation in sport which tend to fall under 2 main categories:

  1. Acute Injuries - Injuries caused by a single traumatic event like fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains.

  2. Over-use Injuries - Injuries caused by repetitive micro trauma to tendons, bones and joints like tennis elbow, shin splints, runners knee and achilles tendinitis.

Overuse injuries are more common than acute injuries and as they are more subtle and develop over time, they are harder to diagnose and treat. 

The most common sports injuries are:

• Ankle sprain
• Groin pull
• Hamstring strain
• Shin splints
• Knee injury: ACL tear
• Patellofemoral syndrome (resulting from movement of the kneecap against the thigh bone)
• Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Benefits of hydrotherapy:

Reduce pain
Buoyancy offloads pressure from the injured area, enabling you to perform movements with reduced pain

Reduce swelling and bruising
Hydrostatic pressure and our specific water temperature increases circulation and reduces swelling

Immediate exercise, without putting stress on joints or injuries
Cardio-vascular fitness can be maintained and the affected muscle effectively strengthened or lengthened. This enables the athlete to perform activities such as running much earlier than on land

Quicker return to sport
The timeline for returning to sport after a serious sports injury using land-based therapies can be 6-9 months, however utilizing the pool tends to help keep your return closer to 4-6; this is due to being able to reinforce neuromuscular recruitment patterns earlier than is possible with land therapy.

"I would not hesitate in recommending Aqua Physio to anybody - injured or not! There is a nice variety of exercises you can do in the pool - ranging between rehab and cardio. All the staff are extremely friendly, and the introduction to the facilities is well done."

"On a personal level - I play rugby and injured my ankle meaning that I was unable to do most forms of training. My club sent me here and introduced me to the team, who were incredibly useful both understanding my injury and formulating a plan for the following 2 weeks. By following their plan, I believe I have fast-forwarded my recovery, and am back in training now. It has been extremely useful in helping me build up strength again in my ankle - but also keeping me working so that I returned to training without having lost too much fitness."

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Tadworth Athletic Club runner John Melbourne was victorious in the Heroes Ultra Marathon which took place on the 21st of May 2016 in Crete, Greece. The gruelling event involves running from southern to northern Crete with over 5400 metres of climbing. John finished with a winning time of 21 hours and 31 minutes, a fantastic performance.

One of our physio’s Phil caught up with John recently to talk about the event and why he chose AquaPhysio for his recovery.

Rehabilitation for Sports Injury

There are typically four phases to your rehabilitation, with a hydrotherapy pool playing an important role in each phase. 

From 0-6 weeks in to a sports injury (for example a sprain, pull or ligament tear) the muscles surrounding your joint can be effectively and safely strengthened to support it. These initial stages may involve gait re-education and balance exercises, depending on your injury.

Your affected joint or injured tissue will also benefit from reduced load, increased range of movement as well as a reduction in swelling and pain in these initial stages of rehabilitation. Water naturally has pressurising qualities that can help reduce oedema and swelling, as well as helping to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage, effectively encouraging the healing process for tissue repair.

From 7-12 weeks, strengthening exercises take centre stage, as well as a focus on decreasing any lingering pain and swelling, achieving full range of motion, and returning to normal strength. The waters drag combined with our state of the art under water current machine provides for a safe way to increase resistance against your movement to help improve the strength of the muscles supporting the affected joint. You will also improve proprioceptive feedback in these stages to help prevent re-injury.

From 3-4 months our highly qualified physiotherapists will work with you to refine motor control activities and functional strengthening until you are able to transition to land. Functional strengthening in a safe low-impact environment will ensure you are prepared to return to your previous level of function on land, as well as to maintain and often improve your cardiovascular ability!

4+ months see you returning to your sport specific activities if you are rehabilitating a sporting injury, and will see you performing higher level sprinting and agility drills and practising efficient firing patterns. This will ensure you’re properly recruiting muscle fibres and are ready to perform at your best.

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