Futsal in Estonia 2021

Futsal in Estonia 2021

Futsal Estonia 2021

Looking forward to the world of Futsal again this month in Estonia.

The Sparta Belfast Futsal Club have appointed me as sports physio for their team who will be competing in the UEFA Futsal tournament later this month in Estonia from the 21st to the 25th August 2021

Sparta Belfast has qualified for the Futsal UEFA Champions League preliminary round in this tournament being held in Estonia.

I am delighted to be able to bring to the table the experience I have from my involvement in a similar role I filled in Kiev in 2019 for the Irish Diabetic Futsal Team.

Many of you may have limited knowledge about Futsal but to  generalise  it is a high-intensity indoor football sport that is recognised for being great for ball control and skills and is exciting to watch because it is an attacking form of football that is non stop end-to-end stuff.

 I recently did a podcast with Rosemary O Shaughnessy a digital content manager where I explain what I do!

It’s a great achievement for a club like Sparta Belfast to have qualified for a tournament like this, I am thrilled to be part of it all and ask you to support the Sparta club on Facebook.




We Can All Support a Charity in Ireland

We Can All Support a Charity in Ireland

Exercise and how to  get fit to support Irish Charities. I have always held the view that worthy charities should be supported as widely as possible.  I have posted both here on my site and extensively on social media about charities I believe in. Yes, I have my pet charities but many charities deserve our support in Ireland.

I have been delighted during COVID times to promote charities where you can not only support the charity but get fit as well because that’s a win-win for the charity and indeed us as individuals.

Here are some photos arising out of my recent endeavours!


Children with Autism

Charlie Curran – Memorial Run

In aid of “Downs Syndrome” and “Irish Cancer Society”

If I can do it you can too, and if you need to learn more about these charities contact me through my social channels.

Get Fit in 2021 & Support a Great Irish Charity

Get Fit in 2021 & Support a Great Irish Charity

Get Fit in 2021 & Support a Great Irish Charity

Hi everyone,  2021 is upon us and in these different times and why not Get Fit in 2021 & Support a Great Irish Charity at the same time.

As we know, we as a nation and of course families worldwide have had a tough time with covid in 2020 and now in 2021.

Families have lost loved ones to covid and other conditions. Let’s remember those who passed away in 2020 and let’s honour those people by donating to this great cause and or taking part in this fundraiser.

With all that is going on, I wanted to do something positive and make a small difference by helping this great cause

About the Inititiave

Could you run 100 miles in February to raise funds for patient care in the Mater Hospital?

It’s a tough challenge, but it’ll help critically ill people and will keep you healthy too!

By joining the Mater’s “100 Miles in a Month” Challenge, you’ll be raising funds for life-saving equipment and ground breaking medical research in the Mater, making an incredible difference to patient care.

Get Fit in 2021 & Support a Great Irish Charity

VISIT the official Mater Foundation Web Page HERE

Get Fit in 2021 & Support a Great Irish Charity

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COVID and sport in Ireland -Sports Therapists thoughts on

COVID and sport in Ireland -Sports Therapists thoughts on

COVID and sport in Ireland

COVID and sport in Ireland: covid hit our shores with a bang last March but after some time the new norm came, and bit by bit then the country restrictions were slowly being lifted.
Suddenly businesses started to reopen we were allowed to travel further, we could go to the gym again. Little things like being able to meet friends for a coffee, children going back to school sport got back on the agenda again.
People of all ages could go back to training again, albeit under certain guidelines. In a sporting sense, a lot of questions still had to be answered that supporters, committee, coaches were asking :
When will the Premier League be back?
– When will the Champions League and Europa League be back?
– When is the League of Ireland back on?
– When can Local leagues commence?
– When can ball work and full contact training come back?
– When will GAA matches at club and inter-county at all grades start back?
– When they do come back, what guidelines will be put in place to ensure the safety of all during matches and training?
– Can dressing rooms be used before and after games? If not why not?
– Is there any Grant’s or funding available to sports clubs at all levels across the country and if so what Grant’s are available, how go teams apply and how much?
– can supporters support their team on match day? If not how can supporters watch the games?
These questions were answered in time as the weeks and months that followed.
A new era began in the GAA at club level as due to the restrictions that applied to GAA activity, unfortunately, at first, supporters were not allowed into matches on match day so credit to the Roscommon GAA county board and other county board around the country, games at club level were streamed which enabled supporters from around the county, province, country and around the world were able to follow their clubs from anywhere in the world for very reasonable fees.
The county board and indeed the clubs themselves started streaming games.
I am a sports Therapist but I also present Rosportsview every Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm on Rosfm94.6 Community Radio.
I and Ray Lannon do a weekly Podcast called Roscommon GAA Memories then we started doing Matchday Commentary Podcasts at men’s Gaelic Football and Hurling at Junior Intermediate and Senior as well as Roscommon LGFA Club games at Junior Intermediate and Senior level.
All podcasts are available on www.rosfm.ie you can tune into ROS FM on the radio on FM94.6 or on the website www.rosfm.ie/live or on the TuneIn app.
Sport being back on at local level and national level lifted the spirits of this great nation it was great to see it.
Things started to pick up for me with patients starting to return for treatment to AR Sports Therapy Clinic and also the teams I was involved with the fixtures re-commenced and we got promoted.
As time went on…..we adapted to the new norm and we started to appreciate the little things in life which perhaps we didn’t before as we took them for granted. We could travel again and go on holidays and the new buzzword ‘Staycation’ came into play and we all felt that we should support our own economy and go to places in Ireland. Life was still not the same but a lot better than when we were in lockdown.
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…..to 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 arsportstherapyclinic@outlook.ie, video call (let me know what app you use) or more information is available on the website www.arsportsinjuriesclinicireland.com.

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.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you have found it to be informative and of benefit.

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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.

futsal estonia 2021

Futsal in Estonia 2021

Futsal Estonia 2021 Looking forward to the world of Futsal again this month in Estonia. The Sparta Belfast Futsal Club have appointed me as sports physio for their team who will be competing in the UEFA Futsal tournament later this month in Estonia from the 21st to...


We Can All Support a Charity in Ireland

Exercise and how to  get fit to support Irish Charities. I have always held the view that worthy charities should be supported as widely as possible.  I have posted both here on my site and extensively on social media about charities I believe in. Yes, I have my...

Club Fair Partnership

Club Fair Partnership


Promoting Sports Equality: This is a short post to announce that Aidan Raftery, Sports Therapist with AR Sports Therapy Clinic is pleased to be in partnership with Club Fair.

We both believe in advocating for fair and equal rights and opportunities across all sports for all participants and will promote each other online in this context.
You will find more about club fair on their website https://www.clubfair.com.au
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 www.rosfm.ie.

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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Hand Injuries in Sport in Ireland

Hand Injuries in Sport in Ireland

Hand Injuries in Sport in Ireland

Hand Injuries in Sport in Ireland: In this post, I will be discussing Hand Injuries that happen in Irish sport, and just to highlight this injury. Roscommon Senior Footballer, Conor Cox @RoscommonGAA @clubrossie recently sustain a hand injury which means he will miss a lot of this Roscommon’s National Football League Division 2 campaign. This blog will inform you of the bones and other parts of the hand and also the various injuries that can happen.

Hand Injuries in Sport – CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME   

This is a common Hand injury both in sport and outside sport. It causes:

  • Pain
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Which occur in the hand and arm. These causes are Just to name a few.  It happens when the main nerve (#Median) going to the hand or in the hand become compressed as it travels through the wrist. If got on time and treatment is given on time then recovery is easier and quicker, however, if it isn’t got on time and it persists and gets worse, then surgery may be required and prolongs recovery.  If it is not treated then it can lead to weakness as well as a lack of coordination in the fingers and thumb and will lead to further complications and will become a long term issue and the person will not be able to play sport or work until fully recovered.  Treatment will help ease the pressure and relieve symptoms.  Heavy lifting and any tasks involving lifting or use of the hand are to be avoided. Repetitive movement for long periods at a time without a break can be one reason why this occurs.


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Hand Injuries in Sport – SPRAINS 

A sprain occurs when the ligaments in the hand become damaged due to

  • Over stretching in sport or in life
  • The ligament(s) are partially torn
  • The ligament(s) are fully torn

This means flexion is hard to do in order to perform even the most minor tasks. How sprains can happen

  • A fall from a height or in sport such as Gaelic Football or Hurling when you catch the ball after jumping high for a ball and you land on your feet but lose balance and fall and you put your hand out to break your fall
  • A common injury with goalkeepers in Gaelic Football and Hurling when they are going up for the ball and the goalkeeper doesn’t get a clean catch it can force the fingers/hand back so far to an unnatural position which cases hyperextension that causes damage to the ligament(s) also in the case of a Gaelic Football or soccer goalkeeper where the ball is coming in high and the goalkeepers fingers/hand is near the crossbar and the finger/hand is caught between the crossbar and the ball as the ball comes at pace toward the goal. In Gaelic football where the goalkeeper is trying to prevent the ball from going over the bar for a point. This impact causes shock and as a result the fingers and or hand swells. And to an outstretched hand or arm that is how it can occur. This results as I said in:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

The length of time depends a lot on if the ligament is overstretched or torn and the extent of the injury.  When this occurs it is best to:

  • Do not continue to play if you are playing a match or whatever task you are doing, do not continue as to do so will aggravate the injury and will lengthen recovery time.
  • Rest for 24 to 48 hours, in some cases depending on the extent of the injury then maybe more.
  • Immediately apply ice to reduce the swelling
  • Apply a support bandage
  • Keep the hand raised as much keep above the heart using a pillow when laying down or the back of an armchair if sitting down.
  • In addition, take anti-inflammatory pain killer however ask your chemist for advice telling him or her if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in the pain killer.
  • If the injury is severe enough a splint or cast may be required


Hand Injuries in Sport – THUMB SPRAIN

This occurs when the ligament(s) become hyperextended (overstretched) to an unnatural position beyond their limits or are torn.  A Thumb Splint will help for this and can be bought in all good pharmacies. Or a cast.  For further advice ask your GP, Pharmacist, Physio, Sports Therapist.  The Splint or cast will keep the thumb in its natural position while the thumb is healing and do not remove until fully healed.  If there is no improvement or it gets worse, then contact one of the above for further advice. It is advised until healed, no heavy lifting, if you are a player then do not play or train until you get the go-ahead from the team Sports Therapist/Physio/Doctor says you can return to playing status.  For more severe injuries, surgery may be required in more extreme circumstances.




Wrist Sprains are usually contributed to tasks that are repetitively performed for long periods and or when a player or athlete is falling, it is natural to put out your hand to break your fall, this can occur in Rugby, or Gaelic Football or Hurling where or in soccer where goalkeepers are saving shots when there is a powerful shot or puck and the player or goalkeeper is trying to catch the ball or sliotar the power and momentum of the shot pushes the hand back or the ligaments become overstretched. Like the above Sprains, rest is key to the injury and anti-inflammatory and or ice is required to reduce pain and swelling. It is a common injury that, when treated on time is easy to recover from with the right treatment. It is best to put on wrist support which can be got from any pharmacy or chemist or medical supplier and it does help. The symptoms can be some or all of the following:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Loss of motion
  • And weakness

It is advisable to get it checked out in the hospital where they will x-ray it and you will be advised further depending on the extent of the injury there are other ways of diagnosing the extent such as a scan etc.



This includes but not limited to:

  • Knuckles
  • Fractured fingertips
  • Thumbs
  • Fingers
  • Bones in the hand

Breaks occur where there is a severe impact on any of the above parts of the hand.  It is, unfortunately, a common injury in rugby, Gaelic Football and Hurling. I will pick Hurling as an example for this case.  Here is a scenario. A goalkeeper takes a puck out. The puck out usually goes high so the 2 or more players jump up to catch the Sliotar, to get the ball, one or 2 players will go to catch the ball and to other players may decide to pull on the ball in mid-air. Then the ball is hit but then there is the follow-through and the players Hurley continues and hits the players hand who wanted to catch the ball which will or can lead to one or all of the above bones been broken due to the force. How the hand or what way the Hurley hits the hand will dictate the extent and what bones get broken.  The player will need to be taken off and brought to a hospital by ambulance or by a quick-thinking person. The hand will need to be x rayed or scanned to determine the extent of the break and what bones are broken in the hand. A Cast is required as part of the recovery for any break and recovery time varies depending on the extent of the damage does and how many bones in the hand are broken, from the wrist to the knuckles to the fingertips. The wrist consists of 8 Carpel bones which can also break.



The PIP JOINT is in the finger. And to describe where the PIP Joint is: at the top of the finger you have the Distal Phalanx which is the top bone or fingertip in the finger. Below the Distal Phalanx is the DIP Joint.  You then have the Middle Phalanx (bone in the middle of the finger).  Below the Middle, Phalanx is the proximal Phalanx which is the bottom bone in the finger. The PIP Joint is the Joint between the Middle Phalanx and the Proximal Phalanx.  A PIP Dislocation is where the finger is dislocated at that joint. In other words, it comes out of the middle Phalanx is in an unnatural position. Or it comes away from the joint.  I can speak from personal experience on this injury as in my playing days I was a goalkeeper in Gaelic Football and Hurling and Soccer and 8 years ago in a 6  a-side soccer match I was the goalkeeper for my team and there was a hard shot and I saved it with my fingers and due to the power in the shot, it caused a PIP Dislocation.  One of the players was a doctor and he put it back in place but there was swelling after it so I put ice on it and took an anti-inflammatory pain killer and rested it and the next day I went into the hospital to get an x-ray to see if there was any chip gone out of the bone and also to see if any further damage was done and also to see if it was put back right. I told the doctor the story after he looked at the x-ray and he said you are lucky you did what you did and you were right to come in here for us to x-ray it to check to make sure there was no further damage done and to make sure it was back in right as if not further damage could have been done and or possibility down the line of arthritis in the joint.



As mentioned in the above injuries, a sprain is where the Ligaments become hyperextended or overstretched. We have mentioned in the above injuries the symptoms and treatments for them and what to do. However, sprains are never straight forward as just being a sprain.  There are 3 grades of sprain:

  • Grade I is where there is minor damage done to the ligament.
  • Grade II is where there is more severe damage done to the ligament and as a result, the pain levels increase. The more severe damage done in a grade 2 can even be a partial tear which means a longer recovery period as well as looseness in the joint and some loss of function.
  • Grade III is where the ligament is completely torn which means severe looseness and loss of function and may or usually requires surgery to repair the damage and means a good while out.



I am qualified in Kinesiology Taping for the Player/Athlete.  During the course, I was amazed at the number of injuries that Kinesiology Tape can be used for.  Kinesiology Tape Reduce pain gives support and helps with circulation help aiding and shortening recovery time.

The injuries it can be used for includes but not limited to:

  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Quad Muscle Injury
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Ankle Sprain Grade I to III as part of recovery
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Hamstring
  • Calf Injury
  • Lymph drainage
  • Plantar Fasciitis

I wrote a blog specifically on Kinesiology Taping for the Player/Athlete.  The blog can be found on my website as above.

If you have any queries on the above injuries or you need advice on them or you would like to make an appointment by calling me or emailing me or you can make an appointment on the website. I also do home visits if you can’t come to the clinic. Just one of many ways to make it easier for you, the patient when it comes to getting treatment with me.  For more information on the services and to see other blogs I have written and clubs I work with, go onto the website.


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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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