There are many different types of sports injuries including pulled muscles, ligament sprains and overuse injuries that occur with prolonged repetition/overtraining.
Whilst muscle tears cause a lot of pain the good news is that muscles have a wonderful blood supply and so heal very easily.
The recovery time for ligament sprains and overuse injuries might be slightly longer.
Assessment & treatment
The first step will be to fully assess the injury to analyse its severity. Only then can appropriate advice be given. Typical treatment involves a combination of advice regarding appropriate use of rest/immobilisation with specific treatment to gently mobilise your damaged muscles, ligaments or tendons.
The basic principles of PRICE will be discussed:
P is for Protection
R is for Rest
I is for Ice
C is for Compression
E is for Elevation
Following this, treatment will be biased towards strengthening the muscles. I will also talk to you about your training programmes and, through discussion, establish specific triggers for your injury. Long-term treatment plans often have to address these triggers so that we can avoid a recurrence of the problem.
I was born 12 weeks premature and I've always been told that's why I have a weak back. This year I signed up for the London Marathon to raise money for my big sister who we lost to leukaemia. Unfortunately after training to 20 miles I developed severe blisters in my feet and painful plantar fascitis under the arch of my L foot. Working with Kate I have gained a better understanding of my back and now realise that aspects of my training ( specifically not allowing enough time to strengthen key muscle groups in my legs) led to the overload in my foot. I feel slightly daunted by the thought of having to run 26 miles but I know my back is in better shape than it ever has been.