When an athlete is injured they will often go to their GP who will then normally recommend a round of physical therapy to help facilitate the healing process. However as a coach of multi-sport athletes, I am often asked by the injured athlete can I help instead by providing sports massage or subscribing an exercise rehabilitation programme. Well sometimes I do offer sports massage or an exercise programme as part of minor sports injury rehabilitation. But I also like to work as a team, and like any other team, I feel that each team member plays a vital role in making sure the athlete gains the highest quality of care.
I have always believed in teamwork and that people are stronger when they work together. This is why AM activ Multi-sport Coaching Company have teamed up with The Centre For Complementary Health in Godmanchester, to deliver a holistic treatment package to injured athletes to enhance recovery.
Often the injuries I see in multi-sport athletes are a result of overuse, usually repetitive movements. I have also found that nearly every injury exhibits some form of warning sign, e.g. pain, tight muscles, swelling and inflammation. Warning signs that are ignored are often when full- blown injuries occur. Many athletes who have an injury cannot remember how the injury happened, again ignoring the warning signs. They do however remember the amount of training time they have missed as a result of their injury. So it is vitally important for the team of health and fitness professionals to educate the athlete on ways to recognise the warning signs and thus avoid recurring injuries.
As a coach it is also vital for me to recognise that an injured athlete may sometimes feel stressed once an injury has occurred. Furthermore the injured athlete’s family and friends must learn ways to help the athlete cope with this stressful situation. This social support is an important coping strategy for the injured athlete especially if they want to return to full fitness within an appropriate time frame.
So it is vitally important for a team of injury specialists to work together to build a rapport with the athlete especially once the reality of the injury has sunk in. I am really looking forward to working with The Centre For Complementary Health and delivering a bespoke package that takes a holistic approach to sports injuries. Our aim will be to work alongside the injured athlete and reassure them they are not forgotten, to enhance their recovery and to help them stay positive and motivated throughout their injury rehabilitation process.
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