Your personal brand is how you choose to project yourself in public, and it is therefore how you are perceived. Whether you have considered this previously or not, we all have a personal brand. Defining and developing your personal brand can be a difficult process which requires thought and reflection, both of which will start here.
This post continues down the same theme as the article I wrote regarding return to play assessment for upper limb injuries. If you have not read this yet, I strongly recommend you read it first. Along the same vein, this article loosely outlines my sideline assessment for a lower limb injury. The process guides my decision making about an athlete’s ability to return to play. Of course, it also gives me information as to the likely quality of the performance the athlete will give upon return, which can help the coaching staff decide whether they will risk an “injured player”.
When to allow an injured player to return to play is a dubious subject. Whilst the level of risk will vary, any time an injured player takes the field there is a clear and present danger of further damage. In the case of acute soft tissue injuries logic suggests that the principles of RICE and No HARM must be implemented and thus no further exercise that day. However, try telling the athlete and coaching staff that. There are times when the sports physiotherapist will stretch their boundaries when it comes to return to play, discussed here. Therefore, it is important to have an objective, clear and structured assessment to implement on the acutely injured player to assess their ability to return to play (RTP).
As a sports physiotherapist it is absolutely essential that you have the tools required to complete your trade. This means that you must be (over) organised with your on-field sports kit, or you will risk being unprepared for an injury. As many of you know, injuries happen fast, and the game officials expect an injury resolution even faster – so you do not want to be left messing around in your large sideline kit looking for something you should already have. Below I discuss the 8 essential items you need in your ‘On-Field’ sports physiotherapy kit.
Recently, more than ever, the importance of establishing a clinical network has become apparent to me. By clinical network I mean a group of health professionals with which you have established relationships and maintain regular professional contact with. Whilst many sports physiotherapists would be acutely aware of the benefits of such a network, some may not realise the effect that it can have.
Want to know how important a clinical network can be? Read on.
Thanks for staying tuned, as I discuss the final 3 reasons why I feel sports physiotherapists love working with athletes.
In my experience in the ‘sports physiotherapy’ arena I have developed high levels of rapport with athletes. Whilst I’m sure we would all agree that as physiotherapists (or physical therapists) we have the high level communication skills necessary to develop rapport with patients from all walks of life. However, I’ve often found developing rapport with athletes a complete no-brainer. There are a few easy explanations to why this is.
WHY DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR WORKING WITH ATHLETES?
This should be easy to answer, shouldn’t it? If you are reading this post then you must have some interest in sports physiotherapy.
Well, when I decided to write a blog post about why I love working with athletes I went to the “think-tank”. At a social event (going to watch the rugby) where I was surrounded by physiotherapists with experience working with athletes from various sports, I asked them what are the perceived benefits of working with athletes. The intelligent and insightful responses that followed seem to fall under seven categories, which are discussed below.
Do you want to become an invaluable, and more importantly irreplaceable, member of your sporting teams organisation? As a sports physiotherapist, sports or athletic trainer, or even simply “team strapper” I would assume that your answer is a resounding yes. Read on to discover five ways to make yourself an invaluable member of your sporting team.
HOW TO TELL AN ATHLETE THEIR SEASON IS OVER
Let me set the scene for you. You are the sports physiotherapist on the sidelines of your local sporting ground, it is a beautiful sunny day and you are enjoying the match in front of you. Then you watch on as one of your athletes attempts to step off their right foot when their knee gives way and they hit the ground….