Sport has become a way of life for many in the UK, with participants ranging from elite athletes to those who just want to keep fit.

But what happens if you get an injury? And how can you try to avoid these?

Read on to find out:

  1. how you can help avoid of a sports injury
  2. how you can take care of a sports injury
  3. when to seek help
  4. how your osteopath can help

If you still have questions or concerns after consulting this page, please concat us!

The Tilsworth Clinic’s practice principle and osteopath, Marie has a special interest in this area.

Getting the best out of sport

Taking part in sport or keeping fit can be rewarding. It can also improve your health and reduce the risk of serious illnesses, such as heart problems, stroke or cancer. Moreover, it can help maintain your weight and improve your self-esteem.

Adults between the ages of 19 – 64 are advised to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week. This can include activities like brisk walking, cycling or aqua aerobics. It is also recommended that you perform exercises to strengthen all the main muscle groups (arms, legs and body) twice a week.

Even if you are regularly active, you should avoid continuously sitting for extended periods.

Sport injuries and risk

Participating in sports too often, or exercising in the wrong way or with excessive intensity, may result in an injury. Similarly, failing to warm up properly beforehand, or warm down and stretch after exercise may also result in strains.

Additionally, using inappropriate equipment or wearing the wrong footwear may hinder your performance and harm you. Lastly, an unresolved injury, which might not even be related to sport, can make it difficult to even get started.

The right advice from reliable health and sports professionals and resources can help you avoid or overcome these issues. If you want, you can also seek advice and support from your osteopath, who can help advise you on getting the most out of sports safely.

How can you help yourself?

  • Begin your activity slowly and build up intensity, especially after an injury.
  • Drink plenty of water when you are thirsty, especially if exercising.
  • Exercise regularly and try to vary the types of exercise you do, to ensure fitness for your entire body.
  • If you believe you have injured a limb, then rest, ice, compression and elevation may help. However, if an injury is worrying you, do seek advice.
  • Normal soft tissue healing time can be up to 12 weeks (if no other injuries occur). If you are worried about an injury in the short, medium or long term, it is worth seeking further advice.

Sport and Osteopathy

It is common to feel some minor discomfort after training, as the body takes a little time to recover and adapt to the demands of activities. Soreness often quickly resolves itself. However, it may occasionally persist for more than a few days, or make it difficult for you to continue your normal activities. In these instances, you may want to seek advice from an osteopath.

When it comes to sports injuries and sports-associated health risks, osteopaths can provide hands-on treatment, exercises prescription for rehabilitation and prevention of further injury and relapses.

How can your osteopath help?

Osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient. It therefore varies depending on age, fitness levels and diagnosis. Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques, focusing on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Your osteopath will often provide these, along with exercise and helpful advice, and suggest strapping or taping. This varied approach is designed to relieve pain, help you return to normal activity levels, and help you maintain the best of health. As well as treating injuries, osteopaths may offer advice about optimal nutrition or suggest a sport-specific diet.

The good news is that, although sports injuries are common, those who are active and have experience in following exercise routines may find they recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.

What to expect

Osteopaths are highly trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing health issues, including those that may require further investigation.

When you first visit an osteopath, you practitioner will ask you about your current symptoms and medical history. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with the standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), May 2018. For more information, you can visit out Terms & Policies page.

It is natural to worry about your symptoms and their cause(s). Your osteopath will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and discuss with you any further action that might be required.

After this examination, your osteopath will discuss your treatment options with you. You and your osteopaths will then jointly decide an appropriate and suitable treatment plan, and the likely associated costs. This plan may involve several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to another appropriate health care professional.

Your treatment may begin at your first appointment. You may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases, this will pass within 24 hours.


Some of the content on this page has been lifted from the ‘Get Active’ page of the Institute of Osteopathy website. Please visit the iO website for more information on this or other osteopathy topics.