MCL Injuries

We recently seen Karl Lacy tog out and play against Mayo with heavy taping on his leg to protect a recent Medial Collateral ligament (MCL) injury.

The medial collateral ligament is a band of tissue that connects the thighbone to the lower leg and helps prevent the knee from buckiling inwards. It can be injured when twisting or landing or when a standing leg is tackled from the outside forcing it to buckle inwards.

Initial management should be

  • Compress with a bandage
  • Use crutches to take the weight off
  • Apply ice pack

What are the symptoms?

  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Local tenderness on the inside of the joint.
  • Bruising.

Specific tests and scans can diagnose the extent of the damage and the length of time the player will be out of action for. In Karl’s case, he obviously needed more time to regain 100% confidence in his ability the twist and turn to make those turn overs he has been famous for over the past few seasons.

Mild or Grade 1 injuries usually get better in 1 to 3 weeks and may only needhome treatment along with using crutches for a short time.

Moderate or Grade 2 injuries usually get better in about a month. You may need to wear a hinged knee brace and limit how much weight you put on your leg.

Severe or grade 3 injuries may require wearing a hinged brace for a few months, and limiting weight on the leg for 4 to 6 weeks.

 


Phase One Meniscal Tear Rehabilitation

 

When the knee suffers a meniscal and osteochondral fracture injury, it’s ability to absorb forces produced from stepping, running and cutting is diminshed. It’s essential to slowly and progressively load bear the joint in movements that simulate and compliment the movement patterns of the sport.

See the video of Sports Physio Ireland client, Ciaran, week one with Thomas, one of our Physiotherapists and Strength and Conditioning Specialists going through his initial rehabilitation.

 

 

 

 


Hamstring Pulls are so common

Hamstring rehab step by step at SPI

1) Identification

I find out the main cause of the injury and locate the specific point of injury

2) Strength and regeneration of injured site

I focus in on the injured pattern and pick movements and exercises specific to the individual to both fix and prevent future injuries to the area

3) Return to play

At SPI we understand the demands put on sports people from running to ultimate frisbee. We make sure our clients are fully prepared by simulating game or competition situations in their rehab prior to actual return.

Joey Boland Head Physio at SPI


Fat Loss Conditioning

Conditioning exercises for the injured person

Keeping on top of your fitness while you are out with an injury can be a difficult task. Because, as a result of your low back, hip, or knee issue, you are now limited in what you can do on the pitch, on the track, or just in everyday life. Therefore, you will need to choose your exercises carefully so as not to aggravate this existing injury.

As we have discussed in previous posts, altering your nutrition is also extremely important during this time to avoid putting on excess body fat.

Here in SPI, we can advise you on what exercises are SAFE for you to perform at home or in the gym in order to maintain that good level of fitness, and will also give you some pointers to help you to adjust your nutritional intake appropriately.

While being injured can be frustrating, it doesn’t have to mean you stop training! There are always ways to work around any injury, without causing further damage. Check out some of the exercises I like to use with some of my injured clients here and give them a go. 

Riain Casey – Trainer and Chartered Physiotherapist


Calf Strain fixing

Calf strains are one of the most common and preventable injuries in GAA athletes. A calf strain involves a pull or tear to one or more of the muscles at the back of the lower leg. These muscles are responsible the movement at the ankle which involves pointing your toes away from the body and play an important role in your walking and running patterns. A calf strain will therefore make it difficult to walk or play pain free when injured.

The Rehab of a calf strain will depend on the severity of the injury. The severity of the strain can be divided into grade one, two or three.  A grade 3 strain is the most severe and can take up to 12 weeks to recover from.

Initial treatment consists of ice and rest for the first day or two but the player should be up jogging and doing bike sessions within the first 3-5 days. Strengthening will be key before returning to the biggest challenge… Sprinting

Here is a sample a few of the Mobility/Strengthening Exercises incorporated into rehab sessions.

Let us know how you get on.

Joey Boland


Paralympic Football World Cup 2015

Back in June, SPI Physiotherapist Thomas Divilly travelled to England for two weeks to assist the Irish Paralympic Football Team at the Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup

Here’s a short piece on his experience during the tournament with the team.

‘I had the privilege of working as the Physiotherapist to the Irish Paralympic Football Team as they competed in the Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup in St. George’s Park, home of the England FA. There was a huge prize on offer for the guys. Qualification for the Paralympic Game in Rio 2016. And boy did they deliver!

The George's Park Dressing Room
The St. George’s Park Dressing Room

It was a hugely successful campaign as the team finished 6th overall.  Defeating Portugal, Australia and Argentina en route to a qualification spot. I was personally able to help keeping the guys fit and healthy throughout the tournament. We  finished the competition with a strong and healthy squad, just as we had started.

The George's Park Gym Facility.
The George’s Park Gym Facility.

Key components to achieving a fit and healthy squad throughout the two weeks of intense competition was implementing a good recovery system. This was achieved through proper nutrition & hydration, mobility work and pool sessions to keep the players in top condition.

I’m already looking forward to seeing the guys learn from this invaluable experience and push on to bigger and better things!’

Thomas