Injury prevention

Sports activities are carried out by many of us, where it involves people of all ages. And within each objective and individual interest can include elite professionals and casual participants.

Overall, within the sports activity there are many injuries that are the result of incorrect use of excessive activity, exercises very intensive and very often.

For example, in tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or even when it is not carried out a proper heating or a decrease in the intensity of gradual and controlled way sports after exercise.

 

Sport vs equipment

Sometimes, when using an equipment incorrectly can register injuries, as is the case of footwear maladjusted and may occur in the hip injury, knees and feet (e.g., Achilles tendon injury).

 

Mobility vs sports injury

To reduce the flexibility and mobility of joints will affect the degree of performance, and may result in injury if the athlete does not understand this phenomenon.
In golf and surfing, if you cannot perform a perfect rotation of the pelvis or the spine you become average athlete, but if you are accompanied by an osteopath you can be an elite athlete.

In the case of a football player (e.g. above 30 years), in which there is difficulty in bending the knees, you can quickly have an injury at the level of the meniscus and degenerative changes (usually), or in the inner compartment of the knee.

 

Youth sport

Young people are especially vulnerable in the sport because they are growing and many times are expected high standards of performance and exceptional physical rhythms.
The good news is that, despite sports injuries are common, those who are eligible and which are accompanied by an osteopath, tend to recover more quickly.

 

How can you help the osteopathy?

An osteopath may help improve the performance of the athlete, treat injuries and prevent their recurrence.

Using the knowledge of diagnosis and high capabilities at the level of palpatory techniques, osteopaths can help restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce the constraints of the soft tissues (e.g. muscle tissue), so you can easily restore the movement and the athlete’s performance.

 

Maintenance sports

For those wishing to keep in shape and are not exactly elite athletes, the osteopath may intervene in the same way, in the sense that it can promote flexibility and improve muscle tone, thus reducing the risk of injury of soft tissues and joints that are not used to extra work that can perform.

The osteopath may also offer advice on diet and specific exercises of static and dynamic balance.

 

Never forget:

  • Start slowly and evolve consistently, especially after an injury;
  • Do warm-up exercises before exercise and then finish with light stretches up to “cool”;
  • Drink plenty of water before and during exercise;
  • Do exercise regularly, and regularly try to diversify your workouts;
  • Following a simple injury, it is common to apply ice to the area for 10 minutes, every hour, if possible. It may be necessary to apply a “rubber band” to compress the tissue. Sometimes it is important to elevate the affected limb and rest.

However, we recommend always a prior assessment by a qualified health professional in order to figure out the best approach to implement at the time of injury

 

Professionalism and safety

To qualify, an osteopath must have a higher training to be able to use the title of osteopath.

Osteopaths in Portugal in 2016 have a professional portfolio that determines their qualification, allowing them to exercise a free clinical practice and work on patients safety.

To supplement, there are some osteopaths in Portugal (and to date only 11 osteopaths), who are registered in the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), as ther osteopath Tiago Sequeira Correia.
In this scenario there is a guarantee of high standards of professionalism, quality and safety.