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Most of us think of contacting a physiotherapist after an injury has occurred. But did you know that one of our primary goals at Energize Health is preventing injuries in the first place? Especially for kids!

It's natural to worry about your child's safety, especially when they're playing sports. Injuries are unfortunately a common occurrence in many physical activities. Thankfully, there are ways to help reduce the risk of your child getting hurt, and ways to help them recover if they do happen to get injured while participating in their favourite sport.

You can help your young athlete stay healthy and in the game by working with a physiotherapist. Here are 4 ways our Calgary physiotherpists can help your child athlete.


1. Injury Prevention

Pre-Season Physiotherapy Assessment

At the start of a sports season, your child's physiotherapist can perform an assessment to help identify any areas of weakness, tightness, or imbalance that could lead to injury. The goal of this initial assessment is to address any issues before they become more serious and interfere with your child's activity and comfort. Your child's physiotherapist will develop a fun, attainable and personalized injury prevention program. This program may includes stretching, strengthening, and conditioning exercises. We design these programs to help improve your child's overall physical fitness and reduce their risk of injuries. Many of our team members coach youth sports teams in their spare time and we are very accustomed to working with young athletes. Rest assured, your kiddo's injury prevention program will take into consideration your child's strengths and interests to ensure your child enjoys completing the program, and gains a healthy relationship with movement and activity.


2. Injury Management

Physiotherapy as an Aid in Recovery

If your child does sustain an injury while playing sports, our physiotherapists can help with their recovery. During their first appointment, your child's physiotherapist will conduct a thorough orthopedic assessment to determine the nature and extent of the injury. Your child's physiotherapist will then provide treatment to immediately reduce pain and swelling, speed up healing time, and restore function. They can also develop a customized, attainable rehabilitation program will help your child reduce pain and regain their strength and funtion. This will help your child get back to running, jumping, and playing their favourite games and sports as effectively and safely as possible, and prevent injury reoccurance.

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3. Education

Knowledge goes a long way!

Our expert physiotherapy team can provide your child with education on how to prevent injuries while playing sports. This can include proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, how to know when to their body needs a break, and how to use protective gear effectively.


4. Performance Enhancement

For competitive athletes, our physiotherapists can also help to enhance your child's performance in their sport. By improving their strength, flexibility, and coordination, they can become more efficient and effective athletes, which can also reduce the risk of injuries.

 dream big, young athlete!

At Energize Health, we absolutely LOVE helping kids develop a passion for physical activity and healthy lifestyles, while decreasing their risk of injury. If you're concerned about your child's safety, your child is struggling with continuous nagging pain or injuries, or your keen young athlete just wants to further progress in their sport, consider consulting with one of our physiotherapists to learn more about how they can help! 

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By Lana Finley, DMO

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What is Radial Shockwave Therapy (RST)?

Radial shockwave therapy (RST), also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or simply "shockwave", is a non-invasive treatment modality that utilizes high-energy acoustic waves to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Think of an opera singer who can break glass with their voice, or a sonic boom when a military jet flies by: these are more common examples of the power of acoustic wave. With shockwave therapy, specific frequency acoustic waves are delivered to targeted areas of the body, where they stimulate the body's natural healing processes and can help provide relief from chronic pain and discomfort.


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Work-related pain isn't just limited to construction and heavy manufacturing. Sitting at a desk in the same position all day, performing repetitive motions, can worsen and even cause musculoskeletal conditions, pain, and general discomfort. Take a few minutes and try some energizing, cost-effective and time-efficient exercises, right from the (dis)comfort of your desk. Get ready for a physical and mental reset: Physiotherapist Breanne Lyon's is here to help! Here's a quick video demo, and the descriptions and recommendations are below.

 

  1. One Arm Hug
    Take one arm across your chest, and place your hand on your opposite shoulder. Use the forearm of your other arm to cradle your elbow, and pull your elbow into your chest for a deeper stretch. Hold for 25 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times on each side.
  2. Reach for the Sky!
    Begin by sitting straight up in your chair with your feet flat on the ground. Link your hands together, push your palms out in front of you, and reach your arms above your head. Make sure to keep your shoulders relaxed. Hold for 15 seconds, repeat 5 times.
  3. Seated Lat Stretch
    Take one arm above your head, reach to your opposite side with the forearm facing the front. Use your other hand to grab your wrist and pull for a deeper stretch. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times per side.
  4. Seated Tricep Stretch
    Raise your arm and bend your elbow towards your back, reaching your palm as far down as you can. Use your other hand to push your elbow back for a deeper stretch. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times per side.
  5. Wrist Stretch
    Start with your palms together in front of your chest. Slowly lower your hands toward your waist, keeping your palms together, until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your wrists. Hold for 15 seconds. Next, push the backs of your hands together for a reverse stretch. Hold for another 15 seconds. Repeat 5 times on each side.
  6. Seated Spine Twist
    While sitting in your chair, cross one leg over the other. Twist your body toward the side with your leg on top. Use the arm of the chair to pull yourself into a deeper stretch. Hold for 15 seconds, repeat 3 times on each side.
  7. Hamstring Chair Stretch
    While sitting at the edge of your chair, with your heels on the ground and toes pointed up, reach your torso toward your legs. Keep your back straight. Hold for 25 seconds, repeat 3-5 times.
  8. Calf Raises
    Stand behind your chair, and place your hands on the back of the chair. Raise yourself onto the balls of your feet slowly, while tightening your calves, and keeping your back straight. Hold for a few seconds at the top, and roll your feet back down. Repeat 10 times.

Want help developing a customized, accessible, and attainable movement routine? Book an appointment with Breanne and get started today. Resolve discomfort and avoid pain and injury. Your body (and your boss!) will thank you.

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