Physiofit for Sport
Physiofit's aim is to help you reach your sporting potential, whatever your age or ability and give you the physical skills that enable you to achieve success at any level.
Physiofit for sport offers a complete service for sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities. Whether you are injured, want to perform better or learn how to reduce the risk of injury, we have the expertise to help you achieve your sporting ambitions.
We offer packages for:
Return to sport
Our clinicians are expert in assessing movement patterns and biomechanics using our well-established screening programme. With the results, we will develop a customised exercise program based on your functional limitations and specific to your goals to give you the tools in the form of stretches, strength exercises, training advice, recommendations to prevent injury and to realise your performance goals.
Sports Injury Prevention:
Preventing an injury and optimising performance is key to minimising time lost from playing your sport. Physiofit for sport has developed its own unique screening programme over the last 20 years to:
• Identify the cause of injuries
• Reduce the risk of future injury
• Identify keys areas of restrictions/weaknesses that may affect technical development
• To set specific exercise prescription for each individual and establish training goals
• Track athlete development
• Enhance performance
Our baseline screening programme forms the basis of all of our sport-specific screening packages. It can be adapted to suit most sports and activities to analyse the potential risks to the body through repetitive movements and postures.
I couldn’t have completed the marathon without the excellent attention and support I received from Physiofit
Sports Injury Treatment:
There is never a good time to get injured, but at Physiofit we will get to the root of the problem quickly getting you back on the field of play without delay. More importantly, we will work with you to establish why the injury occurred and what you can do to prevent a recurrence. Our aim is to always return you to sport better prepared than you were before the injury.
Listen: we will send you a questionnaire before your appointment to ensure that we know as much as possible about your injury history, training load, and your goals. We listen carefully to you gaining an understanding of you as an athlete and your goals.
Assess: Using our tried and tested screening programme we can identify the areas of your body that are weak and strong and gain a greater understanding of why you are injured and how to get you fit again.
Treat: We use a combination of techniques to facilitate healing and prevent a recurrence.
Strength and conditioning programmes
Biomechanical analysis – including running analysis
Massage – including use of hawk grip tools
Compex muscle stimulation units to prevent muscle wasting and regain strength quickly
Taping and strapping
Bracing and supports – we are a regional fitting centre for DJO and stock Ossur products
Return to Sport:
What is the best way to return to sport after an injury?
Once your initial symptoms have settled, most athletes are keen to get back to the sporting arena as soon as possible. In order to make sure that you do not get re-injured again, evidence points to a comprehensive sports specific stage of rehabilitation which gradually builds up to mimic the demands of your sport under competition conditions. This is often not possible in most clinics due to the size of the treatment rooms and athletes are often left to try and make this transition themselves. At a time when you still vulnerable after injury, Physiofit recognise that the key to a successful return to sport is careful monitoring by a physiotherapist experienced in these final rehab stages.
Why choose Physiofit to get you back to doing what you love?
At Physiofit, we offer expert skills in assessment and treatment enabling you to get a quick and accurate diagnosis setting you on the right track to recovery right from the outset. Many of our team have a master’s level education in Sports Physiotherapy or similar qualifications and many have worked with national governing bodies and international athletes. They are all experienced clinicians with extensive knowledge in the specific needs of younger athletes and of return to sport criteria across a broad spectrum of sports, however, we do have specific knowledge in golf, cricket, football, hockey, squash, horse riding, water sports, running, tennis and climbing.
Use our amazing rehabilitation facilities
We have one of the only private rehabilitation settings in Cheshire offering indoor gym facilities and a large space for running, multi-directional retraining and agility work. We also have access outside to a large area of outdoor pitches for sports specific rehab and a running trail.
Evening and weekend appointments available
We understand that most athletes cannot attend in the day due to work and school commitments, so we offer evening and weekend appointments and classes.
Confidence through knowledge
We make sure that all patients young and old learn about appropriate load management and understand what caused their injury and how to prevent a recurrence. We can help with planning progressive running and strength programmes to ensure you do not do too much too soon.
What do we offer?
A comprehensive return to sport programme focussing on restoring fitness to play and confidence in your body so you can return to sport in the knowledge that you are fully recovered and ready to go again.
We offer strength and conditioning support both on site with our Sports Therapist and in conjunction with other expert strength and conditioning consultants locally. We can do individual or group strength and conditioning sessions in our rehab gym facility and offer weekly junior strength classes.
What does our assessment include?
A thorough analysis of the functional demands of your sport
A detailed understanding of your current workload and required level including national governing body criteria for your sport
A full movement screen to include power, strength, functional capacity testing, agility, landing mechanics, balance and coordination and where required a full running analysis.
A comprehensive exercise programme for you to follow at home, independently or with your own trainer.
What do you offer for younger athletes?
We offer a fun and active program specially developed for children aged 10-16 aimed at developing correct movement patterns from an early age. We understand that younger children want to learn in a less formal and fun environment so provide weekly classes full of strength, core and stretching where they do not realise they are still learning!
Our performance pathway is not just for professional sportsmen and women. At Physiofit, we want all our clients to perform better and achieve their potential whatever their age or ability. Our core values are to be dynamic and proactive. So, if you need advice on how to get faster, stronger or fitter, the team at Physiofit can help.
Technical progress in a sport is often limited by restrictions or weaknesses in the body. Coaching will not be as effective until the body is able to move more efficiently. Our aim is to make your body move better which leads to more consistent performance.
Every person is unique and each sport or activity is different. Our physios are experienced in assessing movement patterns and biomechanics using our well-established screening programme which can be adapted to the needs and requirements of your sport or activity.
After assessment, we will develop a custom exercise program based on your weaknesses and restrictions and specific to your sport and your goals to make you stronger and fitter. We can integrate this with your existing training program and work closely with others involved in your management i.e. coaches or trainers to prevent injury and to realise your goals.
Our multidisciplinary team work together to give you the best possible service:
· Sport specific screening
· Sports Massage
· Return to sport protocols
· Strength classes for children
· Strength & Conditioning Coaching 1:1
· Running analysis, technique coaching and strength programmes
· Training plans specific to your competition calendar to make sure that your body peaks at just the right time
What sports do we cover?
Within our clinic we have physios with a huge cross-section of sports knowledge. We provide physio, screening and strength and conditioning support to the Cheshire Cricket teams, several hockey teams, dance studios and have helped develop many sportsmen and women who represent England and GB and who are a testament to our performance pathway - check out our current athletes.
We have extensive knowledge of young athlete development ensuring that children achieve the correct advice about appropriate exercise during their vital growth spurts. Children need to relearn functional movements and regain balance and coordination after each major growth spurt so screening should be done more regularly during peak growth times.
You are most welcome to bring a coach or trainer with you to your performance screening so that all professionals working with you are coordinated in their approach to developing you as an athlete.
This service is appropriate both to amateur and professional sportsmen, allowing each of us all to be the best we can be whatever our age or ability!
Cost: Performance screening 1 hour = £99
Sports Massage is one of the most effective ways to treat muscle injuries and pain and helps in prevention and recovery of muscles and tendons. We have several sports massage options available targeting relaxation, recovery or injury.
Our therapists will focus on your individual needs. Sports massage should be an integral part of an athlete’s training program; however, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage.
Benefits of deep tissue/sports massage:
Release scar tissue
Relieve pain due to injury or post exercise
Reduce muscle tension
Soft tissue therapy can be used alone or as part of our sports rehabilitation programmes.
Strength and Conditioning:
Our strength and conditioning programmes are available to those trying to prevent an injury, develop greater fitness and those recovering from an injury. The sessions take place at our rehabilitation centre within FITISM, Wilmslow. We offer 1:1 or small group strength and conditioning sessions which incorporate sport specific training, education, sleep and nutritional advice. We can help people new to strength programmes with how to move correctly, integrate weight training safely, in an age appropriate manner, tailoring it towards your sport or fitness goals. These sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities.
One of our Physiotherapists will perform a detailed assessment to gain an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. They will set a programme tailored to your individual needs and goals and include a combination of clinical exercise prescription and bespoke conditioning. We ensure your programme is functional, progressive, achievable and fun. You will be given access to your online exercise programme where you can watch videos of your exercises and print out photo instructions and step-by-step diagrams.
I'm so pleased to tell you that my leg/ankle held up last weekend. I won all three matches and England brought home the trophy!
Just the British Open left in a couple of weeks and I can then concentrate on fitness/strength over the summer. I never thought I would make it during the first few weeks and really appreciate you 'sorting me out'.
Our Specialist Sports:
Although we work regularly with athletes from a broad range of sports, we specialise in the prevention screening, treatment and performance of cricketers, golfers, runners, cyclists and horse riders. To find out more about each programme, click on the pictures below.