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The Australian Touch Football Team wins the 2019 Touch World Cup with the help of one of our very own Physiotherapists

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Newsletters, Sporting Injuries, Training and Performance

The Australian Touch Football Team wins the 2019 Touch World Cup with the help of one of our very own Physiotherapists

 

“AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE”

In early May, I travelled to Malaysia as a member of the NRL Australian Touch Football Medical Team for the Federation of International Touch World Cup. The Australian Team consisted of approximately 170 players all wanting to do their best. There were several training Camps in the lead up to the World Cup tournament that enabled me to become familiar with the players and their individual injuries. The management of Sporting Injuries can be quite complex and encompasses ‘Fitness Test’ assessments, difficult decision making when ‘ruling a player out’ and problem solving to manage players to ‘get them through it’. Each of these aspects are key to managing sporting injuries

1. Fitness Test and Return to Play Assessment

After sustaining an injury or having a persistent ‘niggle’ it is important to undertake a Fitness Test before returning to play. Fitness Tests should be tailored specifically to the sport in question and start off at a low pace with controlled movements and increase to maximum ‘game level’ speed/intensity that the player would encounter in the game. The test assesses the ability and confidence of the recovered injured body part.

Have you had a Fitness Test after your sporting injury? Come see Elizabeth in the clinic today!

2. Ruling a Player Out

This is always a difficult decision. It is never fun to tell a player who has trained for 4 years that they will not make the World Cup Final due to being ruled out. Sometimes the player themselves will know they cannot or should not play on. Other times the responsibility lies with the Physiotherapists.   In the presence of an injury it is important to Protect, Support and Maintain which basically means do no further harm.

Are you sure you should still be playing? Come see Elizabeth in the clinic today!

3. Get Through It and Play On

Often on the sporting field players will push on with an injury. As mentioned above injuries should be Protected! A simple Grade I ligament tear can easily become a Grade II or a muscle tear could go from a minor injury to a full rupture. If in doubt, stop play, undergo a Fitness Test and assess your risk of injury. Ignoring an injury is never a good approach in the long run.

Do you ignore your sporting injury? Come see Elizabeth in the clinic today!

Written by Elizabeth Evans
B.Sc., M.Pthy., M.SpSc., AEP., AES

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SHOULDER PAIN

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Newsletters, General Health, Sporting Injuries, Training and Performance

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder injuries are one of the most stubborn injuries I deal with as a practitioner. They happen very gradually and linger for a long time. Not excruciatingly painful but definitely annoyingly dull and achy is how I would describe it.

Here are 5 things you should know about shoulder pain:

1.They are highly treatable if addressed early

People with shoulder pain usually do not seek early medical attention. It is the type of pain where people tend to ignore initially because of its subtleness BUT ignoring the pain will not make it go way. In fact, it will usually continue worsening the longer you wait to seek care. The earlier you see a practitioner, the better it will respond to physical therapy and regain its range of motion.

2.Treat your shoulder blade while treating rotator cuff injuries

The shoulder blade serves as a platform for the muscles of the shoulder (rotator cuffs). When there is an injury to the rotator cuffs, it is directly related to how well the shoulder blade is working too. A weak and unstable shoulder blade will produce an unstable base for the rotator cuffs hence possibly causing the muscles to be compromised therefore leading to injury and weaknesses. So it is important to include shoulder blade stabilising exercises on top of rotator cuff strengthening. 

 Shoulder Projections

Shoulder Projections

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 3.Frozen Shoulder is more common in middle aged women

Frozen shoulder happens when the lining of the joint within the shoulder is inflamed. The gradual thickening of this area results in the stiffening of the shoulder and it becoming more painful with movement. No one knows the exact cause of a frozen shoulder but women between the ages of 40-65 years old have a greater prevalence.

 4.Sleeping position is important

While taking some time to recover from a shoulder injury, it is important that you find a sleeping position that is tolerable. If you are a side sleeper, try sleeping on the non-painful shoulder. Taking pressure off the affected joint will reduce irritation to it. If your shoulder pain is near the front, sleeping on your back can help evenly distribute your weight and again keep pressure off.

 5.Shoulder pain can be a referral

Most shoulder pain is highly likely to be musculoskeletal in nature but sometimes other conditions can also cause referral into the shoulder. If your shoulder pain is unexplained and does not change when you move your neck, shoulder or arm there is a high chance the problem is coming from somewhere else (such as gallstone, heart or blood vessel problems and lung problems). It is important to be checked out by your medical practitioner for further examination.

 

 

Written By Iris Tan
B.App Sc (Chiropractic) M.Clin Chiropractic

Exercise Myth Busters

on Friday, 29 March 2019. Posted in Newsletters, General Health, Training and Performance

How Can I Exercise when I Don’t Have the Time?

Lack of time or perceived lack of time is an excuse that will often stop people from maintaining or even starting an exercise regime. It seems like a lot of people have this idea that they need to be exercising for at least an hour to make it ‘count’ but this is not the case.

Australian Physical Activity guidelines recommend we perform 30mins of exercise on most, if not all days of the week. It is important to note that this 30mins doesn’t have to be completed in one go. Research suggests that you can receive the same benefit from performing three 10minute blocks of exercise a day. So maybe you could start your day with some body weight resistance exercises before work, go for a short walk at lunch time to get out of the office and then do some stretches at the end of the day to unwind. There we go, we’ve hit the 30mins!

It can also be a good idea to have a look at your week and see if there is time here or there for you to exercise. It’s often the case that you do find some spots that are available. Or maybe you might need to make some small sacrifices; for example instead of spending two hours in front of the TV of an evening, you go for a half hour walk and then reward yourself with some TV afterwards.

You may find some days that you really do struggle to fit in your exercise, that’s when incidental physical activity can be really useful. This is where we perform physical activity doing daily tasks. Maybe you could take the stairs instead of the escalator, park a little further away from work and walk the remaining distance, or do some housework. By being more physically active throughout the day we burn more energy and keep our body’s happy (by not sitting all day)!

At the end of the day ANY exercise is better than no exercise. It has been found that you can significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by performing as little as an hour of gardening or walking a week. We don’t need to be spending hours a day at the gym to see health benefits.

Planning is what can really help you break down the ‘I don’t have enough time to exercise’ excuse. So at the start of each week have a look at your diary and see what opportunities you have to exercise or at least be physically active!

           

Written by Emily Holzberger

Qualifications: B. ExSS Majoring in Clinical ExPhys.   

 

Resources: Australian Physical Activity Guidelines (2014), Nurses’ Health Study (2016)