Sports Physiotherapy

Newcastle Sports Physiotherapist - Hunter Physio Broadmeadow

Hunter Physio Sports Clinic are Newcastle’s specialist sports physios, providing treatment for running, dancing, soccer, golf, swimming and much more

Sporting injuries can be acute, chronic or just a niggle that refuses to go away. At Hunter Physio Sports Clinic our Sports Physiotherapists have the skills, expert knowledge and experience to get you back to your sport as soon as physically possible.

Over the last 25 years, we have treated everyone from elite international athletes to local sports people.

Unlike the title may suggest, Sports Physiotherapists don’t just treat sports people, they treat everyone. They have an in-depth understanding of biomechanics and movement patterns, which are utilised to get you back to health.

Specific Rehab To Get You Back To Sport ASAP

At Hunter Physio Sports Clinic we understand that you want to get back to your sport as quickly as possible following injury, therefore provide appropriate treatment and advice in the acute phase of injury, plus create an appropriate, specific rehabilitation program that allows you a trouble free return to sport.

An appropriate rehabilitation program should be specific to your activity and this requires a physiotherapist who understands the elements of your sport, dancing or other activity that may lead to injuries, and how best to prevent them.

Our physiotherapy team have vast experience in treating injuries occurring in a multitude of sports, while some areas of particular interest include :

  • Running
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Rugby League/Union
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Ballet
  • Rock Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Crossfit
  • Golf
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Track and Field
  • Gymnastics

Running Injuries

Running is a very effective and enjoyable way to exercise. It provides an excellent way to keep fit and feel good about yourself.

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We Want To Be Your Running Physio

At Hunter Physio, we want you to be pain-free and running at your best. Whether you play sports that involve running, run in competitive races or just run to keep fit; we strive to be your favourite “running physio”.

Do Running Have a Downside?

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of running is that statistically more than half of runners will sustain an injury in any given year, with the majority of these injuries being overuse injuries.

Overuse injuries build up over time and include conditions like patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), tibial stress syndrome (commonly known as “stress fractures”), low back pain, Achilles and patellar tendon problems, plantar fasciitis (pain under the heel) and ITB friction syndrome.

Video Gait Analysis Can Help Avoid Running Injuries

We know that our biomechanics, the way we move, impacts heavily on the prevalence of overuse conditions. Analysing a person’s running technique is a great way to identify any underlying biomechanical issues and allows corrective and preventative strategies to be put in place that will give runners the best possible chance of getting through their training loads without breaking down.

Footwear, increases in training load, environmental conditions and running surface also play a big part in how much load we are subject to.

Common Causes Of Overuse Running Injuries

While problems show themselves in different ways during video-analysis, there are certainly some root causes that can be common amongst a number of overuse injuries.

These include poor mechanics of the foot, inadequate core strength and stability, pelvic control issues, stride inconsistencies or unnecessary trunk movements.

Physiotherapy For Soccer Injuries

If you’re a player or fan of the world’s most popular sport of soccer, you probably already know that there are certain injury risks involved with playing the game.

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Injuries Are Part Of The Game

Whether you just play for fun or are a seasoned professional, you’re open to the same types of injuries. These can include various aches and pains, bruises, and sprains; as well as more serious injuries such as concussions, muscle tears, torn ligaments and broken bones.

Get Treatment From Physios Who Know Your Sport

Most soccer-related injuries can be treated effectively by evidence based physiotherapy techniques and you’ll find yourself back on the pitch in no time.

We Helped The Newcastle Jets Win the A-League Title

Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Hazell was the Team Physiotherapist for the Jets when they won the A–League title in 2007/08.

Minimising injuries, and appropriately treating those that did occur, was a key factor in the clubs’ success.

Paul also travelled to America with the Australian Women’s Soccer Team, “The Matildas” in 1997 and has continued treating local, State and National level female soccer players in Newcastle over the last twenty years.

We’ve Treated Players From Most Clubs In Newcastle

Hunter Physiotherapy is proud to have serviced the needs of many local soccer clubs in our region since it opened in 1995. We continue to provide physiotherapy services to individual players from many different clubs in the Newcastle region.

Injury Prevention

There are several things you can do to help prevent injuries, such as proper stretching and training techniques, but accidents do happen no matter how well-prepared you may be. The most common soccer injuries affect the feet, ankles, knees, legs, and spine.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears

One of the most serious soccer injuries is the tearing or rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee. This type of injury can quickly end a player’s season. An ACL can be torn when the knee twists or hyperextends in a sudden and violent manner, commonly with an audible “pop”. The mechanism of injury often leads to other injuries occurring at the same time. ie. torn medial collateral ligament or torn meniscus.

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Generally pain and swelling disappears within a few weeks, however, if the knee is grossly unstable or remains unstable after an appropriate rehab program, the injured soccer player needs to consider an ACL reconstruction via a suitably qualified orthopedic surgeon.

Torn Hamstring

A very common, and frustrating, soccer injury is the torn hamstring muscle. When you injure the hamstring, the muscle fibres or tendon will tear and this results in pain and swelling.

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Early Treatment

The initial pain and swelling is typically reduced by rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) treatments. A hamstring can be strained, completely torn or partially torn, and a tear is generally graded in layman’s terms as mild, moderate or severe.

Appropriate Physio Intervention

At Hunter Physio Sports Clinic we specialize in Sports Injury Rehab and we’ll be able to diagnose the problem and come up with an appropriate treatment plan to lessen your pain, rehabilitate your injury and get you back in the game as soon as practically possible.

Avoid Recurrent Hamstring Strains

If the hamstring isn’t healed properly it could easily be re-injured. The amount of rehabilitation time needed will depend on the severity of the injury.

You will need to follow the physiotherapy stretching and exercise program to regain your mobility, flexibility, stability and strength as the muscle rebuilds and this will help prevent the injury from recurring.

It is critical to uncover and treat any underlying issues that may have predisposed you to the tear in the first place eg low back pain, poor core strength or pelvic dysfunction.

Soccer Injury Experts

No matter what type of soccer or football injury you may be dealing with, Hunter Physiotherapy have experienced physiotherapists who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

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