Sport & Musculoskeletal Screenings
Sports and musculoskeletal screenings involve gathering information about each individual’s injury history and conducting a series of specific assessments to determine any deficits in muscle strength, stability, control and length as well as joint structure, stability alignment and function that may contribute to an increased risk of injury.
There is increasing evidence that injury rates can be significantly reduced through the implementation of sports-specific and musculoskeletal screenings, combined with appropriate injury prevention programs.
Screenings allow physiotherapists to gain information about:
- History of current and previous injuries, allowing for targeted and improved injury management and future injury prevention planning
- Identify areas of weakness that can be vulnerable to future injury if not targeted with specific exercise prescription
- Track physical changes over time as well as responses to training load in developing athletes, allowing for improved management of high training and competition loading
- Allows for correct exercise prescription for optimum musculoskeletal conditioning to allow for effective sports-specific strengthening and performance.
When should I be screened?
Ideally a sports and musculoskeletal screening should be performed at the earliest opportunity, for example prior to commencing high level competition or when returning from a period of inactivity such as the beginning of pre-season or after time away from sport. Initially a full screening should be performed to allow the physiotherapist to gain an in-depth understanding of the athletes sporting and musculoskeletal profile. As screenings identify athletes’ potential risk factors towards injury, this allows for the development of individualised training and exercise programs. Screenings not only provide your physiotherapist with crucial information for injury prevention but also allow for baseline measures to be collected that can be used as references for general monitoring and future rehabilitation.
Sport and musculoskeletal screenings are also crucial for adolescent athletes as it allows physiotherapists to determine the impact of growth on strength and sport specific activities. Adolescence is a time of high injury rates and therefore screenings will provide an optimal opportunity to help athletes, coaches and parents with appropriate education about acute injuries, optimal recovery methods and training approaches during this period.
Follow up reviews of athletes exercise programs together with follow up screenings ensures that each athletes’ specific program is addressing the outcomes identified from the initial screening. Areas that improve and no longer need as much attention, as well as any new areas that may be identified will guide how future injury prevention programs are constructed.
What does it involve?
A typical screening will involve assessing posture, movement patterns, muscle strength and endurance, sports specific movement and joint flexibility. The results of your screening is collated by your physiotherapist who can then provide you, your coaches and high performance staff with crucial information that can help influence your training to improve performance and reduce the chance of injury.
Physio Fit conducts screenings for the following sports and types of exercise: