Screening for Performance and Injury Prevention

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Why should I do a screening?

If your goal is to be the best you can be in your chosen sport, then you will appreciate knowing what you can improve on.

In sport, we know that injuries hamper your ability to progress.

We also know that consistent training and availability for games means you are far more likely to achieve your goals!

Read more about this concept here.

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What does a screening entail?

We take a thorough injury history.

Did you know that you are x7 more likely to suffer a recurrence of an injury as a result of having it the first time? 

This will form a significant basis for what testing we might like to do with you.

Large movement patterns are key foundations to any good athlete.

We will look at your walking, running and single leg squat in 99% of athletes.

Depending on your sport, we will choose to assess other movement patterns that mimic the sport more specifically. This might include jumping and landing, lunging or reaching.

Individual muscle weaknesses can play a role in the results from your movement assessment. 

Weaknesses in key areas for your sport might also be an area for concern. 

Common injuries include Hamstring muscles from sprinting, or Knee injuries which require strong quadriceps and gluteal muscles.

Range of motion tests can be important to help us understand any limitations you might have to improving. These could include tests at the ankle, hip or shoulder; depending on your sport. Often we will look at many different body regions.

Balance testing is also valuable. Any lower limb injury will result in a loss in balance control for a time, so we want to know what you need to get back to!

At RHP Physiotherapy, we will happily provide a report for you to keep.

This can highlight in clear and simple terms what you might need to attend to.

And don't stress... we will show you how to improve these areas as well!

What about my niggling little issue?

Niggles DO matter.

In many cases, a niggling injury can resolve and not be a concern.

A niggle is a pain or  complaint that doesn’t affect your training or playing ability, but might be sore after training, take time to warm up, or be sore the next day.

However, a large number of injuries were preceded by niggling complaint.

This doesn’t mean that every niggle needs to be sounding alarm bells. But if it’s new for you, why not check it out and at least get some reassurance. The worst case scenario is that you will have to do a few exercises at home.

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What to do?

Find yourself a physio that you can trust.

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis and thorough management plan as early as you are able will help reduce the chance that you are doing yourself any harm and therefore slowing down your progress. This is the fastest way to get back out there!

While you wait for your physio appointment, why not read some more in our blog?

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