Articles in Category: Sporting Injuries

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



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


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. 

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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

The Benefits of Stretching

on Wednesday, 06 March 2019. Posted in Massage, Newsletters, General Health, Sporting Injuries, Training and Performance


There are many benefits to regular stretching, not only can stretching help increase your flexibility; it may also improve posture and body aches.

Increases Flexibility:

Regular stretching may help to increase your flexibility. Improved flexibility can help you perform daily activities with ease and may also help delay reduced mobility that can come with aging.

Increases Range of Motion:

The ability to move a joint through its full range of motion gives you more freedom of movement. Regular stretching may help increase your range of motion. A study found that both static and dynamic stretching are effective for increasing range of motion, although proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching may be more effective for immediate benefit.

Improves Performance in Physical Activities:

Dynamic stretching prior to physical activity has been shown to help your muscles prepare for the activity.

Increases Blood Flow to Muscles:

Regular stretching may improve your circulation which increases blood flow to your muscles. This may shorten your recovery time and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.

The most common types of stretching are dynamic and static.

Dynamic Stretching:

Dynamic stretching involves the movement of joints through their full range of motion in a slow and controlled manner. They are often used as a warm-up prior to physical activity and there are no extended holds. Generally, the type of movement, or dynamic stretch used will be similar to the activity about to be performed. “High knees” or ‘butt kicks” are examples of dynamic stretching that may be performed before running.

Static Stretching:

Static stretching involves moving the body into a stretch and holding for an extended period of time. Timing of the extended stretch varies though they are commonly prescribed for 15-30 seconds at a time for 3-5 times. Static stretching can be performed actively by using your own muscles to hold the positions, or passively, using an external force such as a strap, a wall or another person. Bending down and touching your toes or letting the heels drop down off the edge of a step are examples of static stretching.

Dynamic and static stretching can be effective for increasing flexibility

Pre-activity dynamic stretching may improve performance

Post-activity static stretching may prevent delayed onset muscle soreness

Stretching is generally a safe activity that can be included as part of your daily activity

Written by Maharlia Kennedy

Dip. Remedial Massage