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Sports Injuries - We treat athletes who require specific considerations - from juvenile to ultra endurance athletes.

At Carmen Andrews Physiotherapy we participate in sporting activities ourselves and therefore understand how to

  • protect your injury while minimising loss of fitness.
  • provide technique advice.
  • guide your rehabilitation.
  • reduce the risk of injury recurrence or compensatory injuries.
  • We work with a wide range of athletes from gym goers to Comrades, AfricanX, Ironman, Roof of Africa and Epic competitors. Samantha and Carmen work closely with sports physicians, biokineticists, podiatrists, dieticians and sports massage therapists to ensure optimal care is taken of your injury, getting you back into training safer and faster.

    Juvenile athletes

    Kids are not mini adults and sustain different injuries to adults. Skeletal maturity is reached at very different ages and in some males can be as late as the early twenties.

    Very important factors to consider with kids:

    The little ones - physical activity allows kids to learn movement skills and build strength. This solid base set them up for developing better cognitive skills, self confidence and the enjoyment of participating in sport.

    Growth spurts - these are the stages in which bones grow in length. Muscles, nerves and other soft tissues take time to catch up to the rapid bone growth. The brain has to learn new skills or adapt existing movement skills to the now longer limbs – challenging stuff that results in clumsiness until all the bits have learned to work together efficiently again!

    Early specialisation - this has been shown time and again to be detrimental to injury occurrence and the longevity of participation. The absolute best foundation a kid can have to enjoy sport, maybe excel at one sport later, is a broad skill set.

    Example 1: running is a skill. If a mini cricketer only plays cricket and maybe swims, they will lose out on learning how to sprint efficiently and run longer distances efficiently. Both these are such helpful foundations to enjoying sports make resuming running as an adult easier.

    Example 2: Once you can ride a bike you can always ride a bike. Skills learnt as a kid playing around on your bike for hours on gravel, grass, sand, learning to jump pavements fills a massive skill gap that people who learn to mountain bike in adulthood miss out on. Serious time has to be spent on skill training to make up for these instinctive/reflex responses you would have learnt as a kid.

    Mature athletes and active people

    Be Persistent – no matter how old, try to get an injury treated and make the necessary adaptations to resume and maintain a level of activity.

    Be Consistent – a few months of inactivity will not undo what decades of activity have achieved, but a few years might prove to be the mountain too difficult to overcome.

    Keep the mindset of expecting to never have to give up. Aside from 91 year old South Africans swimming the Midmar Mile and setting 100m sprint world records, cardiac, stroke and other dreaded disease patients always do better when adhering to their physician’s and physiotherapist’s exercise guidelines.

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