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