It’s often thought that in order to see a physio you need to be injured or in pain. You may think that now or have thought that in the past, but here’s a myth buster for you – it’s not true. Physiotherapists are now increasingly used by sports teams to help improve the performance of athletes. The goal for the Physio is to identify any loss of movement or strength that may affect the athlete’s ability.
Here are some examples for you…
- A swimmer with reduced ankle movement and stiffness in the upper back will find it more difficult to get into a streamline position creating more drag
- A rower with reduced hip flexibility will struggle to get full compression at the catch reducing reach thus affecting boat speed
- A cyclist with tight hamstrings can affect their aero position
- A runner with poor calf strength and poor control around the pelvis will reduce their efficiency
- A golfer with decreased rotation in the upper back can reduce their swing
Seeing A Physio & What’s Involved?
Sport Physiotherapists conduct a thorough screening to find out if you have any current or prior injuries/medical conditions that might be relevant to the sport you have chosen to participate in. They will also look at what treatment you have received in the past and what your personal goals are going forward. With all of that in mind, they can then assess you focusing on the specific demands of your sport to see if there are any areas that can be improved and whether there are any residual deficits from any previous injuries. Out of the assessment you’ll receive a tailored exercise program to address any factors that may be preventing you from reaching your full potential.
This doesn’t only benefit elite athletes. If you want to improve in your chosen sport or if you’re looking to take up something new, you can also benefit from seeing a Sports Physiotherapist. Combined with other services offered at Physiotas such as Exercise Physiology and Dietetics, we have every angle covered so that you can get the most out of your body and your chosen sport.
Lia is a Director of Physiotas, a Specialist Sports Exercise Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2018), and a titled APA Sports Physiotherapist.
Lia has a Masters in both Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, and an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of London. She is also a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and part of the medical network for the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.
Lia is the clinical leader at our Launceston clinic, and has worked under leading UK Sports and Orthopaedic physiotherapists at Oxford and Nottingham. Lia has also worked with elite athletes across many sports, including the Austraian Rowing Team (’09-’13), Canadian Women’s Rowing Team (’13-’14), the Australian Para cycling team in the lead up to the Rio Olympics, and she volunteered at the London Olympics.
Lia has also presented at various physiotherapy courses and General Practitioner education days. Lia has a special interest in hip, ankle and knee injuries (especially patellofemoral and ligament injuries), and the management of injuries in cyclists, runners and rowers. Lia has competed in many sports including swimming, rowing, cycling, triathlon and hockey.