How To Treat AFL Injuries

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How can Osteopathy help your Football?

AFL players can be subjected to a wide variety of injuries. Osteopathy can play a major role in the management of such injuries and help get the athlete back to play as soon as possible. Techniques such as soft tissue treatment, joint articulation and manipulation can all be used to good effect to help treat these injuries.

Osteopaths are starting to become an essential part of the football department’s medical team in most AFL clubs. Teams have begun to recognize the benefits of incorporating Osteopaths into the maintenance and injury prevention of its AFL footballers. The experience of hands-on Osteopathic manual techniques have been shown to increase joint range of motion, improve muscle flexibility, maintain pelvic and spinal alignment and reduce the amount of injuries to a person participating in sport.

How Pilates and Exercise Rehabilitation can help your Football?

We know that Australian Rules Footballers are frequently injured, therefore proper injury rehabilitation is crucial for the best possible recovery from those injuries. A Pilates and Exercise Rehabilitation program can be designed for any injury, to help the athlete to make a full return to sport as quickly, and as safely as possible.

The program will focus on strength, stability, balance and flexibility. It should hopefully allow the player to return to full function. The program will be graded and provide a continual increase in the level of intensity in the areas required. The idea is to continue challenging the body to allow it to adapt and the tissue to heal to almost 100% full function (before it was inured). The better the rehabilitation program and the more relevant to each injury the program, the more likely the player will be able to return to full function without re-injuring.

If the player returns too early to competition without proper treatment and rehabilitation, the player will risk re-injuring this area or another area due to compensation by loading other parts of the body incorrectly.

How Remedial Massage can help Football?

A full game of Australian Rules Football can be very intense and therefore leaves an athlete’s body feeling quite fatigued for a few days after the game. Players also receive many bumps and knocks during the contest. Remedial massage can help accelerate the recovery process, which is so crucial in Australian Rules Football due to the weekly fixture of games encountered in a typical season, and thus help the athlete perform better both in training and on game day.

Massage is designed to focus on the deeper layers of the muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted area. This will help stimulate the healing and repair pathways as well as remove excessive lactic acid from the tissues. Essentially it will allow a player to recover faster.

Dr Shane Buntman

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