Fitness Friday: Sports Therapy

Sometimes fitness is about more than just exercise.

Some months ago I hurt my shoulder.  Of all the exercises I do, how did I hurt it?  Yoga!  It wasn’t even a difficult pose, I was doing the bug sequence and suddenly my shoulder blade wasn’t where it was supposed to be during an arm extension.

Crikey it hurt.

I stopped the exercise, and went gentle on my shoulder for the rest of the class.  However, it still hurt the next day when I was running for my train (late again).  It eased off, but I have been aware of the weakness ever since.

HG Sports Therapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Massage

HG Sports Therapy

I was hearing great things about our Sports Therapist at the gym, Hannah Groombridge of H.G. Sports TherapyDid I make the appointment? No.

Then my friend started to nag me.  She had an injury that got worse, and she persuaded me that it is better to get it checked out now, before I do some major damage.

Sometimes fitness is about more than just exercise.  Sometimes it’s about taking care of your body, and treating it right.

So I booked my appointment, and went along.  I wasn’t sure what to expect – only having been told that it would hurt (it really wasn’t that bad – read on to find out more)!

The definition of a Sports Therapist from the Society of Sports Therapists

A Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:

  • utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes

  • provide the immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training & competitive environment

  • assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.

  • provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport & exercise context

  • plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes

We started with a consultation, and she asked me what was the problem, and what exercise I do as part of my weekly routine.  Yes, she told me off for over-training, but was pleased that I do a variety of exercise, splitting my time between different classes, the gym and swimming; and that I take an active rest day once a week.

Hannah ran me through some exercises to see what was happening in the joint and decided that my shoulder was unstable.  She located the problem in my subscapularis muscle, though I can’t remember if it was the subscapularis which was overworking, or weak.  But basically I had some muscles that were overworking and some which were weak; meaning that the shoulder joint wasn’t working as well as it should do.

Hannah gave me a sports massage focussing on my shoulders and into my back, which was intense, but nothing I couldn’t handle.

I’ve been given some exercises to do daily (5 days a week) to get the shoulder working optimally again, and told that if it’s still bothering me in a week-10 days then to go back, but hopefully this should sort it out.

Have you ever been to see a sports therapist? What non-exercise things do you do to maintain your fitness and look after your body?

Please note, the information in this blog refers to my experience only, and does not constitute health advice.  If you have any problems I recommend you see a professional Sports Therapist, and never do anything that has been ruled out by your GP.

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4 thoughts on “Fitness Friday: Sports Therapy

  1. inversion therapy June 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm Reply

    You have a great friend. I have seen a lot of people brush off their injuries just to see them get worse over time. I look forward to hearing if your shoulder is improving.

    • Emily Hawkes June 23, 2014 at 11:16 am Reply

      It’s harder than I thought it would be to get myself doing the exercises, but I’m sticking with it. I’m sure I’ll be told off by my friend if I don’t 🙂

  2. worldofmee June 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Hannah B told me to make an appointment with Hannah G when my shoulder was bad. I failed to do so as the number I was given for her was wrong, and fortunately my shoulder has eased, but I will definitely go see her if it happens again. I’m really interested though, what did she say about over-training? How much is too much?

    • Emily Hawkes June 25, 2014 at 5:54 am Reply

      Would definitely recommend Hannah G! She didn’t go into details, but it had been noticed that I’m at the gym “all the time”. She was a bit more lenient when I said I had swapped a couple of high impact classes for yoga and yogalates, and was pleased I at least have 1 rest day. I’ve seen quite a bit on overtraining – perhaps I should write a post…

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