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Don't let your season be over before it even begins

Jacqueline Outred

It's that time of year again - the transition between Summer and Winter, which ushers in the new season of all your favourite Winter sports.  

While it's healthy to have a rest in the off-season, getting back to normal training in the right way can be a bit tricky. Without realising it, most of us (especially kids and teens) put ourselves at risk of developing an injury from overuse.  

When we've given our bodies some time off, it's important to remember that we need to allow time to ease back into intense training. Going too hard, too fast, can do damage to our bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons, which will only set us back and could prevent us from playing during the season.  

Some common overuse injuries to watch out for include: 

Achilles Tendonitis

If you're experiencing pain in the back of your heel or along the heel cord when you walk or run, you could be suffering from Achilles tendonitis (inflammation of the Achilles tendon).  

This tendon is part of the calf muscle so it's used a lot when walking and running. If the tendon becomes mechanically stressed or fatigued then it can become inflamed and, hence, painful.  

Shin Splints

Characterised as deep pain on the front or inside aspect of your legs during walking and running, shin splints can often be so bad that they prevent you from participating in these activities. The pain is often due to inflammation of the soft tissue attachment of your leg muscles to the adjoining bone. They're often caused by over-exercising or trying to exercise beyond your fitness level, putting extra strain on your muscles, tendons and joints. 

Sever's Disease

This is one for the kids. Also called calcaneal apophysitis, Sever's Disease is a painful bone disorder that results from inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. The growth plate is the area at the end of a developing bone where cartilage is changing into bone as the child grows. 

It's a pretty common cause of heel pain in growing kids, especially those who are physically active because the bone is growing faster than the surrounding soft tissue, leading to tightness and injuries if not managed correctly. 

All of these injuries can be avoided and successfully managed with an appropriate, personalised preventative treatment plan.

Call us on 9250 1676 for more information about how we can help you prevent overuse injuries.