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This time of year is when more people are involved with club level sports. As a result, there is a higher incidence of sporting injuries. These injuries can range from mild, requiring no time off, to moderate, requiring treatment and some time out of the game, to season ending injuries such as fractures and severe knee injuries.

Correct management of injuries is the key to getting you back onto the field as quickly as possible, as well as giving you the best chance of preventing that injury recurring as you return to sport.

Correct management involves a detailed examination of the injury, correct diagnosis, individualised treatment and then restoring full strength and control so that your inured area can withstand the loads required by you in your sport. Return to training and playing sometimes needs to be graduated to prevent injuries becoming chronic.

Importantly, early Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) and being assessed by a physiotherapist to determine how to manage and rehabilitate your injury, is the optimal way of getting you back on the field. For professional athletes, this is standard management. For community level athletes, management should be the same.

Published in “The Village Observer”, May 2015. Written by Burns Bay Physiotherapy.