Shoulder Sprain Injury

Shoulder Sprain Injury


This weeks injury that I am covering is a shoulder sprain injury and a case study involving Gerry a good friend of mine.

A shoulder sprain usually occurs as a result of a bad or awkward fall or a hard shoulder to shoulder.

A shoulder sprain is common in Rugby, Gaelic Football and Hurling.

The result of the aforementioned is where the ligaments become overstretched or either partially or fully torn. Ligaments attach bone to bone and is a strong elastic tissue and are found at joint such as the shoulder and knees to name 2 joints.

I have been mates with Gerry since my days as 1st team Sports Therapist with Ballaghadereen FC and then with the Ireland Senior 6aside Football squad where Gerry was 2nd choice Goalkeeper seeing him represent Ireland I was delighted to see him achieve any players ultimate dream… represent their country. he went on to play for Roscommon & District League Premier Division side Castlerea Celtic. Before signing for Manor Utd 1st team this season. I am the 1st team Sports Therapist for the team. I was delighted to see him sign firman as it means the boys are back in town. He made is league debut for the. Club in our 1st Division 1 league game V Ballinasloe Town B. It was a great start to the season as we won the game. We will have great strikeforce as he is upfront with his brother Tom Ward who was our top goalscorer last season. Gerry is an excellent goalkeeper but he is also a great man for scoring goals.

However, in the course of the game, he suffered a shoulder sprain.



shoulder sprain injury


On Examining Gerry, asking questions and doing tests on the arm it was clear it was a shoulder Sprain but due to the impact to the shoulder in the fall I wanted to rule in or out further damage to the shoulder I sent him to A&E and they x-rayed the shoulder and that confirmed my Diagnosis as being a shoulder sprain.

I recommended to Gerry to rest the arm for 7 to 14 days, no heavy lifting, compression, take pain relief and not to put pressure on the shoulder for that initial rest period.

Due to Covid 19, all the clubs’ fixtures were suspended until further notice so this means that Gerry Did not have to worry about missing matches due to the injury so this means he can fully focus on recovery. When he had rested for the 7 to 14 days

I then prescribed an exercise plan for the shoulder depending on the extent of the damage to the shoulder, it can take anything up to 8 weeks to recover from a shoulder sprain but if there is more damage is done it could be longer.

The next injury up from that is a dislocated shoulder but that is another injury that will be covered in a future blog post.


Should you have any further question on a shoulder sprain or strain feel or if you have an injury you would like me to cover in an upcoming blog or in an upcoming AR Sports Therapy Update Podcast feel free to contact me by calling or texting or WhatsApp message on 0894304496, email, video call (let me know what app you use) or more information is available on the website

You can find the weekly Podcast AR Sports Therapy Update on your Podcast player just search AR SPORTS THERAPY UPDATE. If you can’t find it then contact me and I will send you the links for the podcasts.

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As we face into a 2nd lockdown, I want to wish you and your family and friends and colleagues all the best and I hope you keep safe and as a nation we come through this period.

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Sports Injuries Sometimes Need Scans?

Sports Injuries Sometimes Need Scans?

Sports Injuries Sometimes Need Scans?

Sports Injuries Sometimes Need Scans because some injuries that actually need expert intervention are not always obvious.

Obviously, as a sports therapist when I am present at match days and practice sessions occasionally an injury will occur that is more serious than the normal ones.

A broken leg for example and the need for someone on the spot- who knows the ropes becomes mighty important.

Over the years I have referred a number of patients to Alliance Medical for Scans.

Because I know that from the results of scans, they will indicate if the client/sportsperson needs to be seen by a consultant or surgeon or not.

When a client comes to me my concern always is to give my best to the client and when necessary use other specialist areas of medicine for the clients benefit to ensure they get the best possible treatment to ensure recovery.

Sports Injuries Sometimes Need Scans? 2 cases of mine by way of example

When thinking now about when seeking scans becomes important I think of 2 cases:

As mentioned above, 1 is a goalkeeper that had a knee problem a few years ago while playing matches and afterwards it would be painful and after a few days, with rest, the pain would go away but it got to the stage where the patient’s knee would be painful after most games but he never got it checked out as he would rest it and the pain would go away. Eventually, the pain went away for a while then I got involved as team sports Therapist with another team he was involved in and he didn’t mention anything about the knee until a few months before we were travelling for a tournament and he came to me during a training session and he told me the full story regarding the knee and the history of it. I referred him for a scan in a Dublin branch of alliance medical. I got him to fill out my patient history form and I sent it into Alliance medical. From that, they contacted him and arranged an appointment within 24 hours he was seen. From the scan, it showed he had Pateĺla Displacia in the right knee. They said the would refer him to a surgical consultant. He was delighted that he was able to find out what the problem was. He got his disc with the scan on it and he was sorted.

The second case. a recent case-patient with a back injury the patient said that there was a pain on the left side of his back from the bottom to the top of his back and across the lumbar of his back. However, ongoing back to past injuries he said he has been having ongoing issues with his for a few years. With this in mind and with the potential for injury to his back having damage I referred him for a scan to get to the bottom of the problem. When its done then we can review his situation and take it from there.


As part of my service, I can refer patients for scans and x-rays with Alliance Medical within 24 to 48 hours. The patient will get a disc and myself and the GP get a written report.

ALLIANCE MEDICAL does not accept the medical card but if the patient has health insurance or player insurance or can pay in cash then they are a huge help.


GAA After COVID19?

GAA After COVID19?

GAA after COVID19:

As the GAA, players, coaches, supporters county boards, selectors, backroom staff, and all other stakeholders involved in county and club teams prepare to go back after Covid19, at the inter-county level the provincial Leagues like Connacht FBD League, O’Byrne Cup, Walsh Cup etc and the National Football and Hurling Leagues were well underway and approaching the knockout stages and all that goes with it. However, along came Covid19 a few days Before St Patrick’s Day. In the past, the 2 best clubs in Ireland in Football and Hurling usually face each other in Croke Park but due to a change, they were held earlier with Kilkennys BallyHale Shamrocks winning the All Ireland Club Hurling title and Galway’s Corofin retaining the Football title. This season instead of on St. Patrick Day, the showpiece was to be the All Ireland U21 Football and Hurling finals. However, this year it wasn’t to be. Due to covid19 a Lockdown was introduced which meant all sports shut down. No group training, no matches at club or county level. At club level, clubs would have been due to start pre season in preparation for the league  which is key preparation for the championship. This as you can imagine was a huge set back to all teams at club ant county level.

Useful GAA Link: COVID Update


Despite this, players and coaches did not just sit back and do nothing, the managers and coaches gave players training programmes that players could do at home weights sprints etc all designed to keep themselves ticking over throughout Covid19. Players got creative making up drills and posting videos of the drills on social media for did to keep them active.

Covid19 has been tough on everyone, players, managers, fans, people who love sport and people who don’t like sport. People who miss going to games and people who love watching sport on TV, it affected people psychologically people had sport and took for granted there was always going to be on TV or able to go to games fans had that taken away. What do they do? However, it has to be said that kids were badly affected off school, doing schoolwork at home, not being able to meet friends and relatives not being able to meet and hug grandparents and it also affected them too. Kids, as well as coaches and senior players, were great and very creative by coming up with drills and challenges which from looking at the videos kids and coaches enjoyed. Non more so than my home club Roscommon Gaels GAA Club where Senior players in hurling and football in the Roscommon Gaels GAA Club and other clubs around the county and country did the same and a lot of videos were saved and shared by coaches and kids alike. It was great to see positivity in the face of adversity. It just goes to show, in Ireland we are great at turning a negative situation and creating positive.


As a sports fan, with Covid19 effecting provincial championships in hurling and football, Roscommon was due to play London in their first game in the Connacht Football Championship but that didn’t go ahead. Players, managers, coaches, fans, county boards, sports enthusiasts were disappointed however time went by and then, the light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of the GAAs Roadmap to get back playing.dates announced for hurling and football championships and dates returning to training, non-contact training in June and then stepping up to full contact training in July and then the club championships at the end of July. During the lockdown,  as a further positive for Roscommon GAA fans, myself and my mate, former Roscommon Goalkeeper Ray Lannon came up with an idea where we would do a weekly Podcast called Roscommon GAA Memories where myself and Ray look back at a Roscommon match from the past. I also do an interview and music-packed Podcast show called Sportsview Extra.  Both podcasts are available on the Rosfm website

GAA after covid19


as I mentioned it has been a tough couple of months for everyone adults and kids and it was great that there are games for the adults but Gaelic Football and Hurling for the kids and teenagers is essential as they are the future of the GAA. And to this end, the GAA  announced that the GAA Cùl Camps WILL be going ahead as usual throughout the country. So this means something for everyone at all levels in GAA.



It is great to have Gaelic Football and Hurling back but there are conditions as part of the roadmap to returning to play.

– Social Distancing of 2 metres still applies

– Use of dressing rooms are not allowed?

– Training at the initial stages means non-contact. No tackling allowed

– Training sessions are short

– Maximum of 15 players in any one training session at a time.

– All clubs are required to adhere to Covid19 Hygiene procedures and supply hygiene products for its members.

-These are some of the regulations all GAA grounds and clubs must abide by as part of the Regulations. Every club and county team around the country in all sports has a specially appointed officer for this so for further information contact your local club for further details.

– GAA clubs and county grounds around the country can get all their first aid and hygiene products from Kellehers Shop First Aid in Cork with great staff and advice to suit your needs. Let’s get there together


For players returning to training, it is essential that you exercise safely so as to prevent injury. From what to eat and not to eat to when to eat. Proper preparation is essential for matches and training. Eating correctly ensures maximum performance and energy levels. Eating healthy is important. Treats and takeaways are very nice but very little or no nutritional value. Treats and takeaways are allowed but only now and again. It is essential to have a good breakfast in the morning and a healthy lunch and a good dinner in the evening. However, do not have a big meal close to the time for training as you will not have it digested on time so something light like a sandwich or fruit. Also before going training, it is essential to keep weĺl hydrated before, during and after training and the same on match days. Bring your own water to training this is for hygiene reasons. A key part of injury prevention is stretching and warm-ups and after training and matches is a warm down. Training and getting exercise is important but overdoing training or exercise is a big cause of injury due to fatigue which leaves players vulnerable to injury. Warm-ups and stretches are essential for circulation and helping the joints and movement ahead of matches and training



At training, and games it is essential players, Coaches and backroom staff are safe. Social Distancing of 2 kilometres or if 1 meter then face masks and gloves.


Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it and found it informative. My next blog is on the way soon so stay tuned.

Aidan Raftery is the Principal of AR Sports Injuries Clinic and offers Treatment for sports injuries as well as professional sports massage. If laid up or travel is difficult Aidan is available to travel for any client in Dublin-The Midlands or NorthWest. Also available to cover matches or training as an on the spot sports therapist

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Tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer

Tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer

My tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer a well respected former Roscommon Player

Tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer: Conor was reared in Creggs, a small village on the Roscommon Galway border with his parents Jimmy and Nora, brothers Darragh, James and Robert as well as his sister Sharon

How Conor Started

He became interested in sport from an early age and his skills were developed in Creggs National School and Creggs GAA Club. He also played Rugby for Creggs Rugby Club. Conor would have reached his peak and excelled in whatever sport he chose. He played all his underage football for Creggs GAA. He played underage hurling for Oran GAA Club.

 How I got to know Conor

After I finished in the Abbey National School in Roscommon, I went to Roscommon CBS. I was in 1st year with Conor’s brother Darragh and I met him through Darragh. We had a class Gaelic football league and I saw from the start Darragh was a talented player with great things to come from him. I saw Conor play in matches in hurling and football for Roscommon CBS. I and Darragh were on the Roscommon CBS 1st year hurling team together. Then I saw Conor playing for the CBS in a few Connacht colleges football and hurling matches. He was a very talented player a great engine could run all day, a natural athlete. He was a defender’s worst nightmare to mark. As we went through the grades we played on the same teams because I was a goalkeeper and a forward (not at the same time) I never had to mark him. That said he was all over the place tough in the tackle and if there was a 50/50 ball he would go for it full throttle and once he got the ball it was impossible to get the ball off him. Not only that but he had a great peripheral vision to spot a player in a better position for a score. He also had a great day for a score.

Roscommon footballer conor connellyCounty Came Calling

With the Conor’s rapid progress as a footballer, it was inevitable that it wouldn’t be long before the county kept calling and that is where his footballing career really took off. With the Roscommon County, u16 manager knocked on his door. He was progressing quickly with great performances at the club, colleges and now county. Next up was promotion to the Roscommon County Minors. His finest performances were in the 1992 Minor football championship he played an integral part in Roscommon winning the Connacht Minor Football title. Next up a trip to Croke Park for the All Ireland Minor Football semi-final v a talented Armagh team Oisin McConville, Diarmad Marsden and Des Macken.  Conor started on the bench as Rossa O’Callaghan returned from injury and Rossa Started the game. Roscommon held their own early in the 1st half then Armagh lifted their performance enter Roscommons tour Dr force, Conor Connelly and he made an immediate impact scoring 1 fantastic point. He then attended St Mel’s College where he had success on the field as well as academically. He went on to play u21 for Roscommon before moving to the Roscommon senior football team where he stood out having a fantastic performance in 2001 where he played an integral part in Roscommon winning the Connacht title in 2001. He went on to study Law in UCD and while there played Sigerson Cup Football for UCD. Romance blossomed while in UCD where he also met his future wife Claire.

Club Level

Conor won a junior title with his home club. Family circumstances meant a move to Ballinlough and this meant a transfer to Michael Glaveys GAA club where he fitted in very quickly. And turned in great performances in his time with the club. His professional career as a solicitor took him to Dublin where he served his apprenticeship to become a solicitor and he transferred to St Jude’s GAA Club where he made a huge impact on and off the field of the field. Before for a summer or two he went stateside for a summer or two work.  He played for Shannon Blues GAA Club in Boston and while there won a Senior title. His Brother Darragh played for the club for a few years whilst living in Boston.  As previously mentioned, he joined St Judes GAA CLUB where he made a huge impact on the club during his time at the club. Conor married Clair and the had 3 Children, Rossa, Eoghan and Caragh. He left the bright lights of Dublin to Ballycumber and played for Ballycumber GAA Club where he., Again made a huge difference and got hugely involved in the community. He was trusted and loved in Ballycumber and in 2016 he managed to  Ballycumber GAA Club to glory. And in celebration singer-songwriter Simon Casey penned a song called Connellys winning matches. Saturday morning he went for a jog and never came back. When out he passed away.

Goodbye Conor

I am one of many to have been privileged to have known Conor in person and as a player and teammate. We were teammates in Roscommon CBS and played against each other at club level but always friends. Off the pitch. Connor Connelly was a gentleman and a supreme athlete as a player but. Above all a great friend to all who knew him. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he has touched. Gone but not forgotten Rest in peace Conor, your place in heaven is assured. #ripconor

Conor Connelly Tribute

tribute to conor connelly roscommon footballer


Tribute To Conor

tribute to conor connelly roscommon footballer


Aidan Raftery is the Principal of AR Sports Injuries Clinic and offers Treatment for sports injuries as well as professional sports massage. If laid up or travel is difficult Aidan is available to travel for any client in Dublin-The Midlands or NorthWest. Also available to cover matches or training as an on the spot sports therapist

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