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Physios warn players that gradual return to sport is critical to avoid injury

Physios warn players that gradual return to sport is critical to avoid injury

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for clubs and players to be aware of the increased risk of sports injuries after the long COVID-19 lay off and as Victorians return to a form of normality.

While many Victorians have been walking, running and cycling to maintain their fitness during quarantine, physiotherapists are warning this doesn’t mean they’re ready to go straight back into local footy, netball or cricket.

Physiotherapist and APA Sports and Exercise group Victorian Chair Darren Austin said a carefully planned return to competitive sport will help avoid common sports injuries to hamstrings, knees, ankles and hips/groins.

“Maintaining general fitness from running and walking is great while competitive sport hasn’t been possible, but we need to remind all teams and players that they need to return to sport gradually, as restrictions ease and competition begins again,” Mr Austin said.

Mr Austin said that a combination of targeted strength and balance exercises will assist in reducing the likelihood of hamstring, knee, ankle and hip or groin injuries occurring.

“Research shows young women are at three to five times greater risk of ACL injury than men although, as men tend to play sports with higher ACL injury risk, overall incidence of ACL injury is higher in men¹,” Mr Austin said.

Published by the APA to read more open the attached link https://australian.physio/media/physios-warn-players-gradual-return-sport-critical-avoid-injury

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