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The Most Common Sporting Injuries

The Most Common Sporting Injuries


At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we deal with all sorts of sporting injuries, from tennis to football to injuries received while running.  When you are in pain or your movement is impaired following a fall or strain, it is advisable to seek the help of your physiotherapist if the discomfort persists. There are two main categories of sports injury, those that are traumatic or sudden such as those resulting from a fall or a sudden injury, or those resulting from overuse.

Common Sporting Injuries

Knee Injury: There are a wide range of knee injuries acquired through various sports including patellofemoral pain, which is pain around the kneecap itself. This can occur in runners and is often a result of overuse. Your physiotherapist will work with you to address the causes and treat the pain. Some athletes suffer ligament injuries through sudden change of direction or through a football tackle. Your physiotherapist will work closely with you to address the cause of the problems and a plan to get you back to sport.

Tennis Elbow 

This can refer to a condition caused by the overuse of forearm muscle. This condition can occur with any activity that involves repeated or sustained extension of the wrist. You may experience pain when trying to grip or when extending your fingers.  Your wrist may also suffer. Some sufferers experience neck pain. A course of physiotherapy can increase strength and reduse pain from tennis elbow. This can reduce the chances of recurrence. Massage or trigger point dry needling can also greatly reduce the pain associated with tennis elbow.

Ankle Sprain

You may have trouble walking or even standing with a sprained ankle.  They can be very painful. Your chartered physiotherapist has exprience in diagnosing sprains and can advise if you need an x-ray or further treatment. Physiotherapy is crucial to ankle injury recovery and to help avoid the often common recurrence of ankle sprains.

Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon stretches from your heel to your calf muscles and injuries in this area are very common. Pain may occur from an overuse injury or tendonopathy. A ruptured tendon can be instantly debilitating. Proper stretching before sport may help avoid injury to the tendon.  If however you do suffer pain or impairment, physiotherapy can help in a number of ways, from strengthening Exercises to deep tissue massage and trigger point dry needling.

Groin Strain

Common in footballers and swimmers, groin strain is an injury to the inner thigh. A groin strain can happen with sudden movement and can affect your ability to run or kick a ball. A course of physiotherapy will help you regain strength and mobility.

Hamstring Injury

Hamstring injuries can occur from improper or lack of warm up, poor running style, fatigue or playing on uneven or wet surfaces. The most common way to injure your hamstring muscles is while sprinting. Physiotherapy can help reduce inflammation and pain, while helping normal function to return.

Shin Splints

Referring to pain which occurs on the front or side of shins, shin splints are very common. They can have a range of causes from overuse to poor flexibility. Soft tissue treatment, orthotics or targeted exercise can have huge impact on recovery and your physiotherapist will guide you through the right treatment.

Whatever the injury, the experts at the Sports Clinic at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic will work with you to tailor a programme to get you back in training as soon as possible.


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