Led and mentored by Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Physiotherapist Andrew Stanford, the team at MTM Physiotherapy Warwick are regularly exposed to a variety of sports. Not only does our team have a high interest in sport, Our therapists routinely treat a variety of different athletes such as Basketballers, Hockey players, Footballers, Netballers, Cricketers, Swimmers and Water Polo players.
In order to maximize performance benefits, the therapists have developed specific musculoskeletal screenings in order to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. A musculoskeletal screening involves gathering information about an individual’s injury history and conducting a series of sport specific assessments to identify risk factors that could predispose an athlete to injury. Sport specific screening protocol tests are constructed with the knowledge of what the sport involves and the most common injuries associated with it.
A musculoskeletal screening is ideally performed before training commences or early in the pre-season phase of training, so that there is time to address the potential risk factors prior to commencement of competition.
A basic musculoskeletal assessment will take roughly 45 minutes to complete. The specific tests included in the assessment are chosen depending on the type of sport you are involved in.
The following areas are considered:
- Joint range of motion
- Upper & lower limb strength
- Upper & lower limb flexibility
- Trunk control
- Balance and coordination
- Running technique
- Sport specific functional tests E.g. jumping/landing, throwing, serving
Following the musculoskeletal screening, a detailed summary report can be provided including all test results and measured values outlining your functional abilities. The report will include advice regarding injury risk as well as recommendations on how to best manage the problems identified. An individualised injury prevention exercise program will be prescribed incorporating appropriate exercises to target the areas that require improvement. This may include Physiotherapy treatment if required, stretching and mobility exercises, specific strengthening exercises, motor control exercises, drills or strategies to improve functional technique and advice regarding regular self-maintenance.
If you are wanting to take your (or your kids) sporting prowess to the next level or you want to know more about our high performance options then please do not hesitate to contact us. We are only an email or phone call away.