The team physiotherapist has become one of the most important assets any coach can have when working with a team.
The physiotherapist brings dynamics to the warming up, conditioning, muscle activation as well as the recovery of the players. Due to the high intensity of matches, tournaments and training sessions a scientific approach towards the correct prevention, management and rehabilitation of sport injuries has become a necessity when managing any team.
The scope of Physiotherapy in teams sport:
Outreach in sport: The physiotherapist will advise the sports people and professionals linked to the team and perform any actions that help improve the conditions of avoidance of injury to the athlete.
Prevention: The Physiotherapist in Sport should be alert to avoid as far as possible all those factors that might bring up injuries by sports in general and of each particular sport, associated injuries and or consequences of injury primarily, and its possible recurrence. This includes conditioning, training and pre-match activation.
Recovery: The Physiotherapist in Sport should regain the functionality of the athlete as quickly as possible, accelerating the biological processes of recovery from injury, limiting his training as little as possible and ensuring that they are reinstated to the team with the greatest prospects for success.
Rehabilitation: The Physiotherapist’s aim, after recovering from injury, is to put all his effort into the regaining of muscle strength and mobility. The Physiotherapist in Sport should regain the functionality of the athlete as quickly as possible, accelerating the biological processes of recovery from injury, limiting his training as little as possible and ensuring that they are reinstated into the team, with the greatest prospects for success.
Teaching: The Physiotherapist in Sport should aim to improve all the facets of knowledge that contribute to the training of top professionals in team sport.
Research: Physiotherapists in Sport should conduct studies that can contribute to the prevention of injuries, the treatment by the physiotherapist and the enhanced performance of the team.
What does the team Physiotherapist do in practice?
• Assessment and Treatment of acute and chronic injuries on rest days.
• Stretching before training or matches.
• Muscle activation before training and matches.
• Pre match strapping / treatments.
• Medical cover at training sessions and matches.
• Medical screening and injury prevention.
• Liaising with management regarding the severity of injuries and the conditioning of the team.
• Referral for Scans / Surgery.
• Rehabilitation of the injured player.
• Recovery sport massages, hydrotherapy pool sessions and recovery ice-baths or contrast baths after matches.
• Psychological support during tournaments and matches