Shoulder Sprain Injury

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

GERRY’S SHOULDER SPRAIN INJURY Case study

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.

NEED ANY HELP TREATMENT OR ADVICE

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.

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Shoulder Sprain Injury
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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.

REFERRAL TO ALLIANCE MEDICAL FOR SCANS AND XRAYS

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.

 

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

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.

 

BROKEN BONES IN THE HAND

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.

 

PIP DISLOCATION

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.

 

SPRAINS

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.

 

KINESIOLOGY TAPING

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.

 

“Aidan works with us on the Irish Diabetic Football team. I had a knee issue recently and Aidan was excellent in diagnosing the problem and providing the right treatment. .”

“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.”

"Very knowledgeable and supportive!"

"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."

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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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Kinesiology Taping for Athletes and Players in Ireland

Kinesiology Taping for Athletes and Players in Ireland

KINESIOLOGY TAPING FOR ATHLETES & PLAYERS IN IRELAND

This week’s blog post is about Kinesiology Taping which is one of the services I provide to my patients/clients.

I will be doing blogs in the coming weeks on each of the other services I provide at AR Sports Therapy Clinic.

What are the Benefits of Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Tape is very good as part of recovery for muscular and other injuries. BECAUSE it gives pain relief, improves circulation which speeds up recovery time and it also provides support for the injury.

As part of a course I did 7 years ago and it was a very useful course as it showed the many injuries that Kinesiology Taping can be used for and how to apply the tape for each injury.

You may have seen while watching Rugby, Soccer, Gaelic Football, Hurling and other sports, players having the taping on them.

Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping can be used for treating many injuries such as:
• Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
• Shoulder Injuries
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Elbow Injuries
• Wrist injuries
• Hip Flexor injuries
• Hamstring Injuries
• Quad Injuries
• Patella Tendonitis injuries and other knee injuries
• Achilles Injuries
• Ankle injuries
• Calf injuries
I have used Kinesiology Tape in most if not all of the above injuries and the amount of injuries it can be used for is not limited to the above list, there are many more injuries it can be used for.

The first injury I used it for was Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. When the Client came to me it was at the early stages of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is where the main nerve going into the wrist and hand is compressed limiting sensation to the hand. some of the symptoms include
• Pain in the wrist or hand
• pins and needles
• numbness
However, for best recovery outcomes, Kinesiology Taping has to be applied correctly as there are certain percentages of stretches you have to apply to give the best result so as to give the best possible chance of recovering from the injury.

The above symptoms are just 3 that can and are experienced. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can be treated without surgery if it is treated at the early stages, if it is left a long time before treatment, surgery is required. If not treated on time, more severe symptoms may result. Rest and no heavy lifting physical or manual work while recovering as to do so will aggravate the injury and lead to further complications. If you think you may have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome then go to your GP, Physio, Sports Therapist for treatment and advice and if required, possible referral

As I said, I have used Kinesiology Taping on numerous players, Athletes, Clients and Patients and each of them found it very beneficial.

You see some images in this post as to how its applied.

You can get Kinesiology Tape, the proper tape, you can get it cheaper in certain supermarkets, but it won’t be as good as the proper tape you get from a chemist or pharmacy or if you order directly online from the manufacturer.

I am trained in applying the tape and I have a high level of experience in applying it so it is better to get your Physio or Sports Therapist to apply it. You can apply it yourself if you have applied it before or have been shown how to apply it by your physio or Sports Therapist. If you haven’t done it before or you are not confident applying it, it is best to get your Physio or Sports Therapist to do it.

Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology Taping

If applied right,. Kinesiology Taping gives so many benefits which will help AS PART OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS. Only use after consulting your Physio or Sports Therapist and getting advice from them.

    If you do not apply the right amount of stretch when applying it as in, if you don’t put enough stretch in the tape it won’t be of any benefit or help to the injury and may inhibit and make the injury worse. If you put too much stretch in will make the injury worse and may affect circulation.

    Thank you for reading this week’s blog on Kinesiology Taping for the Athlete/Player. I hope you found it interesting, helpful and informative.

    If you have any questions on Kinesiology Taping or you need advice then feel free to contact me on arsportstherapyclinic@outlook.ie or send a text or WhatsApp message to 0894304496.

    If you have an injury and would like me to do a blog post about it – let me know and I would be delighted to cover it in an upcoming blog post.

My Qualifications

My Qualifications

Sports Injuries – My Qualifications

INTRODUCTION

The story of my journey to Qualify as a Sports Therapist, as well as my journey as a Sports Therapist, is, from my point of view a very long and interesting one. The places it has taken me, the coaches I have worked with, the players I worked with, the supporters as well as the people that my whole career revolves around.  The players I have met and treated but not only that, I have to mention the clients and patients I have treated since I qualified. In this blog.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

It all began when I was working in England where I was working for Royal & Sun Alliance in the Underwriting department. A job I loved as I was in  Customer Service and I loved dealing with people’s queries and solving their problems regarding their car insurance and renewal and any aspect of their policies. At this stage, I was still in my playing days when I moved to England and I played county Junior football for the Gloucestershire county Junior Footballers. We played London in the 1st round of the British Junior Championship and lost so we went into the losers group and we came won the losers group to get back to in the Championship proper again. In the All Britain Semi-final where we played London which was a tough game but after extra time we came out victorious. This meant we played Warwickshire in the All Britain Final. We won the game to become All Britain Champions. As a reward for being All Britain Champions, we got to play Dublin in the All Ireland Semi-Final. There was great positivity among us to host Dublin in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi-Final. We couldn’t wait for the game we got our gear for the game and looked at the match programme and I saw my name on the programme. A treasured keepsake. We lost that day but to be a player involved in an all Ireland Semi-Final against such a great team like Dublin was an amazing experience. We met the Dublin players afterwards, really sound guys. A good few of those Dublin players playing that day were called up to the Dublin senior football panel after that.
I also played rugby for Frampton Cotterell RFC 3rd team a great club. Not only a club but a family with fantastic people in the club. After a period as a player at the club, I had to stop playing due to work reasons. Over a year later a friend of mine, who played for the 2nd team brought me to a game. I asked the manager if there was anything they wanted help with so they said could I do waterboy? I said yes no bother. I enjoyed the game, doing waterboy and the players and manager were sound. They asked me if I wanted to stay involved and I said yes. I said did they have anyone to treat injuries they said no I said oh right. I told them that I did a First Aid for sports injuries course several years ago. The manager asked me if I would be interested in doing First Aid for the 2nd team. I said I would love to but my cert was out of date and if anything happened I wouldn’t be covered either would the club. He said don’t worry about that, I am going to speak to the committee, leave it with me I will get back to you. He did and he said he spoke to the committee and they said you and the first team physio Adam Page look up sports injuries courses, list 3 of the courses and bring the list to me I will discuss it with the committee and they will Pauly for the course. I did that and handed it to the manager and he discussed it with them and they chose Sports Injury’s treatment course. The club was very good to me and very supportive of me doing the course. The arranged an internship with the club where, as part of my training of the course  I would be with the 2nd team for 3 games every month and 1 game shadowing the 1st team Physio Adam Page. I was delighted and thought of the opportunities that this could open for me when qualified. My first priority was doing the study and practical work needed to qualify.

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RFU EMERGENCY SPORT INJURY TREATMENT QUALIFICATION

This course was under the Auspices of the RFU and was recognised and certified by:
– RFU
– Rugby Football Football
– RFU Injured Players Association
– STA
– UCLAN Business Services Ltd
 
This was a 6 month course consisting of work experience which I did with Frampton Cotterell RFC. The course covered 
STA and NaRS 
– Evidence of Competence 
– STA Awarding Body Policies
– Unit 1&2 specification
– Legal Background
– First Aid (General)
– Basic Life Support
– Rugby Related Injuries
– General First Aid Topics 
– Injury Event Report Form Form 
– Personal Details & Training Record
– Useful Information

At the end of the course, I had to do written and a practical day course and practical exams, which I will mention later. As you can see the course was extensive but I really enjoyed the course and working at the club for games. I worked with Adam at training twice a week. We worked well as a medical team. On Saturday the 1st team games and 2nd team games were more or less at the same time but on Sundays, we would meet up at the club and he would tell me the injuries he treated at first-team games and what treatment was given to the player and I would do the same and we would discuss the injuries it was interesting learning from the book and all that but it’s the practical hands-on experience that is key. The way the course was I had to pass the theory exams to be able to go on and do the practical summary and exams. I passed the theory with flying colours and a few days later I got the date time and venue for the practicals assessment exam.  To my amazement and excitement, the practicals assessment exam was to be held at bath Rugby Clubs Stadium The Reck. We covered a lot of extra scenarios I met a lot of coaches and players and physios from Bath Rugby Club. With that, I passed the course. With that, I completed the course. I informed the club and gave the cert to the club.  Myself and Adam were the clubs, medical team. I was with the club for 2 seasons and moved back home to Ireland. After I passed the course I thought about it and I decided, Treating Sports Injuries is what I wanted to do as an career so I looked into other courses.

SPORTS THERAPY

Below are some of the modules in the course
– Understanding Sports Therapy
– Anatomy & Physiology
– Sports Psychology
– Coaching and Performance Dynamics & Strength & Conditioning
– Sports Nutrition
– All Aspects of Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

So the course I chose was Sports Therapy. While I was doing the course I was with clubs Roscommon Gaels u15s and minor hurlers as well as Manor Utd.
When I qualified with all distinctions a few months after that I started my Sports Injuries Clinic by appointment AR Sports Therapy Clinic. My main focus is on working with clubs and teams. Available to clubs for matches and training sessions or just training or just matches. For one game or a season. Something for all budgets. I also do Sports Therapy at charity events as well. The charity events I have done include:
– Cycle4causes
– My Canine Companion
– Inner City Helping the Homeless
– Irish Autism Action
– Coombe Hospital (neonatal unit)
– Join Our Boys 50km Cycle
– I am a volunteer with the Special Olympics
– Help Emma Beat It
– Child Aid Cycle

I was Team Sports First Therapist for Elizabethtown College FC from America. They were in Ireland for pre-season friendlies v UCD and Cabinteely. The organiser is in public relations and Elizabethtown didn’t bring their Physio so he found me on LinkedIn and asked me would I Do Sports Therapy for the team and I said yes and told him how much I charge for the 2 games. We agreed on the price. 1st game was V UCD in the UCD Bowl it ended level. The next game was V Cabinteely in Stradbroke, Cabinteely won. I enjoyed working with the team. Several months later I joined Ballaghadereen FC as 1st Team Sports therapist and Roscommon & District League Oscar Traynor Cup Team for a season.

 

“Aidan works with us on the Irish Diabetic Football team. I had a knee issue recently and Aidan was excellent in diagnosing the problem and providing the right treatment. .”

“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.”

"Very knowledgeable and supportive!"

"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."

Sam Ferguson

KINESIOLOGY TAPING FOR THE ATHLETE

It was a weekend course on taping techniques for various injuries. Kinesiology tape gives support, assists in recovery, pain relief and improved circulation

LEVEL 4 CUSTOMER SERVICE

A 3 day course on all aspects of customer Service. Certified by QQI Awards
As per a previous Blog

CIVIL DEFENCE

I mentioned I was a member of the Roscommon Civil Defence and the level and quality of training are very high. All qualifications are certified by PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council). To date my qualifications are as Follows:

Occupational First Aid

-.Cardiac First Response Level 5

– Field Search Skills
– CPR
– Manual Handling
– First Aid Responder
– Radio Communications U.H.F Net Operator
– Emergency First Response (currently study)

ACL INJURY PREVENTION

I went to the Sports Surgery Clinic Sports Medicine Conference in 2013 which was held at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry. The conference also covered Orthopaedics, Sports Injury, Sports Medicine and Specialist Services.

SPORTS MASSAGE

SAFEGUARDING 1 CHILD WELFARE & PROTECTION BASIC AWARENESS WORKSHOP
The course Certified by the FAI and Sport Ireland. The course also includes Garda Vetting.

 

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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
Certified by the FAI

MIDLANDS SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE
I was team Sports Therapist for the Midlands Schoolboys League. I was with them for the 5 weeks leaving up to the Kennedy Cup as well as the Kennedy Cup itself which took place over a week in June. The Tournament took place in Limerick University we won the Kennedy Cup Bowl

NEUROSTRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

MYSKELETAL UPPER CROSSED SYNDROME

 

I am a member of The Irish Massage Therapists Association and FICTA

Other teams I worked with are Boyle Celtic. We got to the FAI Junior Cup Semi Final where we were Defeated by Evergreen FC from Kilkenny. The game was in the Showgrounds,home of Sligo Rovers.

I was Team Sports Therapist for Athlone side St Peters FC we won The League, the Cup and the League Cup

I was Team Sports Therapist for the Ireland Senior 6 aside football squad. We went to Kiev to represent Ireland in the European Minifootball Championships.

For 2 seasons I have been 1st team Sports Therapist for Manor Utd FC.
1 season with the Ireland Diabetic Futsal Squad. We travelled to Kiev for the European DiaEuro Futsal Championships. We finished 7th out of 9 teams. It was the first Ireland team to play in the tourney

I was Team Sports Therapist for the Bohemiens girls u17s we were Runners up in the U17 WOMENS National league Shield Final. I am still at the club.

 

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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Plantar Heel Pain (PHP)

Plantar Heel Pain (PHP)

Plantar Heel Pain – PLANTAAR FASCITIIS – More Common Than You Would Expect

Plantar Heel Pain or Plantaar Fascitis is a more common injury in sport than people think.

It can be caused by the different surfaces that players and athletes train or play on like indoor or futsal surface which is wooden, as well as AstroTurf pitches etc.

There are other causes too.

I have treated a number of players and athletes with Plantaar Fascitis but most recently a player from the Ireland Diabetic Futsal squad that I work with.

It can the treated by either applying kinesiology tape or getting a rolling pin and glass bottle and rolling it along the sole of the foot or a combination of both.

The player recovered well and was happy with the treatment 

Plantar Heel Pain – PLANTER FASCIITIS – In Medical Terms

Plantar fasciitis also known as Plantar Heel Pain (PHP) is a painful inflammatory  process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue or ligament on the sole of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia, increases in activities, weight or age. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly.  Longstanding cases of plantar fasciitis often demonstrate more degenerative changes than inflammatory changes, in which case they are termedplantar fasciosis. The suffix “osis” implies a pathology of chronic degeneration without inflammatory.

DIAGNOSIS: The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is usually made by clinical examination alone.  The clinical examination may include checking the patient’s feet and watching the patient stand and walk. The clinical examination will take under consideration a patient’s medical history, physical activity, foot pain symptoms and more. The doctor may decide to use imaging studies like X-ray, diagnostic ultrasound and MRI.

Heel bone with heel spur An incidental finding associated with this condition is a jheel spur, a small bony calcification on the calcans heel bone, in which case it is the underlying plantar fasciitis that produces the pain, and not the spur itself. The condition is responsible for the creation of the spur; the plantar fasciitis is not caused by the spur.  Sometimes ball-of-foot pain is mistakenly assumed to be derived from plantar fasciitis. A dull pain or numbness in the metatarsal region of the foot could instead be metatarsalgia, also called capsulitis. Some current studies suggest that plantar fasciitis is not actually inflamed plantar fascia, but merely an inflamed flexor digitorum brevis muscle (FDB) belly. Ultrasound evidence illustrates fluid within the FDB muscle belly, not the plantar fascia.

 

 

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