A Bit About Me
My name is Aidan Raftery, I am a member of CIMSPA and I am a qualified Gym Instructor.
I have been doing Sports Therapy and Massage Therapy for 4 years. I started with Frampton Cotterell RFC in Bristol, England. Then with Roscommon Gaels Club Under 8’s, 10’s and 15’s and Minor Hurlers, Manor United FC and also Bohemians FC. I am also a volunteer with the Civil Defence, the Quad Foroige Youth Organisation in Roscommon and the Roscommon Cancer Support Centre as a Massage Therapist.
I am an associate member of STA (Swimming Teachers Association) and enjoy helping youngsters and adults with any injuries they may have.
My Affinity With GAA Sports
I have played Gaelic football and hurling for a number of years from U16 level up to and including Senior level in both sports. I have had Sprained ankles, Groin Strain Injuries, Pulled pulled ligaments to name a few so from that point of view when a client comes to me I have a great understanding of how the athlete feels when he or she comes to me for treatment.
My Mission is To Understand My Clients
There are many things an athlete goes through when he or she gets injured. The pain the injury causes, the frustration that goes with being injured, the worry about being out and getting back to playing again. The questions you ask like how long will I be out for, knowing you cant train or play and the frustration that that brings that sense of needing reassurance of knowing what injury I have. What do i need to do to get back playing again? Is it possible that I will be able to get back playing again? .
What I Can Do For You?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between grade 1 grade 2 and grade 3 ankle sprain ??
Grade 1 ligaments are overstretched
Grade 2 ligaments are partially torn
Grade 3 ligaments are fully torn
What is the recovery time for as sprained ankle?
Grades of ankle sprain
Grade 1 Minimal stretching, no tearing 1–3 weeks (6 weeks to full recovery to play sport)
Grade 2 Partial tear 3–6 weeks
Grade 3 Full tear or rupture Several months
What is carpel tunnel syndrome and how can it be treated ?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.
Also repetitive strain injury
Explain concussion and how it's diagnosed?
A concussion occurs when the head comes in contact with an object or another person’s body such as another person’s head or knee or shoulder etc. This impact causes the brain to shake. The injury can vary depending on the severity of impact. In some cases, the person may be able to carry on. In other cases, the person may have to go to A&E for further assessment in case of brain damage or a bleed in the brain.
Symptoms 1 or all but not limited to the following
– loss of balance
– the person doesn’t know what day it is or where they are or what’s going on
– blurred vision
– Double vision
– feels sick
– can’t follow your finger when you ask them to follow finger with their eyes
– very little if any co ordination
These are some not all of symptoms. But if 1 or a few of those symptoms occur bring to go or nearest A&E immediately
What are the simple things that can reduce chance of injury ?
A Recovery is very important your body needs exercise and needs to be worked in all areas but overtraining leads to fatigue leaving you vulnerable to injuries. It people going to the gym 7 days a week no time to recover is a prime example always give your body time to recovery is gym 1 day a swim session the next and then the day after the gym again vary it may be a walk or a jog or do 2 days in gym 1 or 2 days recovery. Do a warm-up and stretches before matches and training and a warm down after. Keep hydrated. For more information just ask
What are the most common sports injuries?
– Shoulder injuries
– Grade 1 2 and 3 Ankle Sprain
– The upper arm, Elbow and lower arm injuries
– Hip injuries
– knee injuries are very common in sport to vary from patella tendonitis to ACL injuries to lateral-medial posterial ligament injuries
– shin splints
– fractured tibia and or fibula
– Fractured ankles and toes
IT IS OK NOT TO BE OK
TALK TO A LOVED ONE OR A FRIEND OR SOMEONE YOU TRUST
“I injured my knee mid year 2013. I've been to three different physical therapists, with AR Sports Therapy Clinic being the third. I have received the best care by far from this facility. My range of motion has increased and the pain has decreased. The therapists really know what to do and how to get you back on your feet (literally). Of course you must continue the recommended exercises on your own time, which helps during and after therapy. I recommend this facility.”
Kelly Mc Manus
I have worked for Aidan over the last few years so I am obviously well aware of his services. Whilst cross country walking with my dog I suffered a bad ankle sprain injury that simply would not clear up despite rest etc so I reached out to Aidan in desperation for help. He assessed the injury and gave me a recovery timeline and designed a treatment programme to improve my flexibility ,range of movement and strength. It all worked and I have a very happy walking partner again. Reach out to Aidan as he can help you.
"I'm a total exercise novice, Aiden gave me some really practical and realistic tips. I've tried so many times over the years to adopt a fitness routine, but it's never really worked as no matter what I tried I always felt out of my depth and ended up quitting. His supportive treatment and advice have really encouraged me and I'm now finding my stride. highly recommended."
Sport Is My Passion and I Believe in Giving something back too which is why I Do some Volunteer Work when I can. Such as currently acting as a Sports Therapist for “Bohemians Girls U17s” and working alongside The 2019 DiaEuro Futsal Squad for an upcoming European Competition in Ukraine.