An APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who has done further study to gain post-graduate qualifications (Masters), specialising in sports injuries. They have experience working with athletes in high-level sport. Seville Health is lucky enough to have one of the only APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists in the Yarra Valley; Kay Lovus. Kay has experience working with Commonwealth Games athletes, National and Victorian Teams, as well as local & amateur sportspeople.
No matter whether you are an elite, amateur or recreational sportsperson, sports injuries can be frustrating. Sports injuries can be caused by overuse, trauma from direct impact, poor load management or biomechanical reasons. Common injuries include sprains and strains of soft tissues such ligaments and muscles, joint injuries such as dislocations, and fractures.
At Seville Health, we see sportspeople from all over the Yarra Valley with injuries sustained whilst playing their sport or activity. Whether it be football, tennis, netball or horse riding, injuries can occur in any sport, and at any age. Common injuries we see include ankle sprains, hamstring and calf tears, wrist sprains, tennis/golfers’ elbow, knee injuries such as ACL injuries, shoulder injuries and much more.
What to do immediately following a sports injury
Following an injury, the initial treatment is critical to minimise harm, prevent further damage and improve healing. For soft tissue injuries (such as ankle sprains or muscle tears), the following should be followed for the first 48-72 hours following an injury to assist with pain and swelling;
Rest – Protect and rest the injured area
Ice – Apply ice to the injury for 15-20 minutes every two hours
Compression – Apply a firm/elastic bandage to the injury that extends above and below the injury
Elevation – Raise the injured area above the level of your heart
Whilst RICE is the go-to following an injury, it is also important to follow no HARM; no heat, alcohol, running or massage. These four things will increase bleeding and swelling to the area, thereby delaying the healing process.
How soon should you see a physiotherapist
It is important to see a physio as soon as possible after a sports injury, so the severity can be properly assessed. Physiotherapists can also refer you for scans such as X-ray or MRI if necessary, and determine the need for you to see your GP or sports physician. By seeing a physiotherapist as soon as possible, means your rehabilitation can begin immediately. This will maximise your recovery and get you back to your sport sooner.
When to return to sport
Your return to sport will be based on a variety of factors including the type of injury, severity of injury, how quickly you progress, and risk of recurrence, among many factors. Our physiotherapists can provide you with realistic time-frames for your return, and help you achieve this via physiotherapy and specific exercises. Whilst rehabilitation and recovery are important, prevention is just as important. At Seville Health we aim not only to help you recover as well as possible after a sports injury but assist in preventing further injury or recurrence.
At Seville Health, our physiotherapists Kay Lovus and Nicola Reynoldson are highly qualified to treat sports injuries from a variety of codes. Whether it be a new injury or long-standing injury, we can help. For sports injuries in the Yarra Valley look no further than Seville Health.