Playing sport has always been an important part of life in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health physical activity guidelines recommend adults should do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week, increasing for children and young people to 60 minutes. Participating in sport is a great way to meet those recommendations but there are some risks.
Between July 2012 and June 2013 ACC paid out $249,232,1752 for claims related to sports injuries. The good news is that many of these injuries can be prevented. Physiotherapists are ideally placed to provide injury prevention strategies and rehabilitation programmes to facilitate an early return to sport.
A physiotherapy assessment can identify any musculoskeletal problems a patient might have that would make it difficult for them to participate in the sport of their choice – and then provide a training programme. The correct training programme has been shown to make a substantial difference to the number of sports injuries that occur. A physiotherapist can also identify if poor breathing patterns are limiting performance and coach patients on how to improve their breathing control and sports performance.
Return to sport
Sports players are always keen to get going again, but returning to sport too early can result in more problems in the future. A physiotherapy assessment and rehabilitation plan will facilitate an optimum return to sport.
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