Your physio can perform injury screening to identify signs of an injury before it develops. We use specific tests based on your chosen sport to analyse your body’s movements to determine weakness, imbalances or a lack of joint range. Screening can also help to plan further training and enhance the effectiveness of sessions.
How does it work?
Screening looks at the body’s movements that may be required for particular sports and compares your capabilities in reference to where someone of your gender, age, size and shape should be. At Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic, our tests are derived by obtaining information from sporting institutes and national sporting leagues on their injury rates. We combine this with our experience in the field of sports physiotherapy to develop tests that are specific for your sport.
What tests are used?
• Palpation of areas of common injuries
• Strength tests
• Flexibility tests
• Muscle control tests
• Co-ordination tests
• Balance tests
Your physio then compares test results to norms in elite population for gender, age and size.
Why be screened?
Almost all elite sporting clubs now screen their players to detect injuries early and prevent them occurring. Physiotherapists at AFL football clubs are at the forefront of screening as they would often test their players before each training session. Other sports such as triathlon and other endurance sports screen every few months.
Screening is useful if you:
• are prone to injuries
• have an injury you haven’t been able to shake or fix completely
• have had surgery
• have sustained an injury that put you on crutches
• are in a sling
• have a growing body
Screening is conducted at Malvern Physiotherapy by a physio, however you will need to let the receptionist know if you are booking in for a screening session as additional time will be needed for this testing to be done. Please also let the receptionist know which sport you wish to be screened for, or if the screening is for general activity.