sport demands peak performance. If you are performing at your peak you will
enjoy your sport more and will be far less likely to get injured in the course
of a game or a training session.
carry the risk of injury. Most athletes stop playing a particular sport because
of injury. If your body is stiff, weak
or unfit it is wise to use caution in the selection of the sport you play and
the intensity with which you play. The
more intentional body contact between players in a sport the higher the risk of
sports, as rugby, there is a 20% chance of sustaining a sports injury during each
game. If you are stiff or playing an
injury when you go into a game the likeliness of aggravating an injury that has
not completely healed or sustaining a new injury jumps to 80%. The moral of the
story is, “get fit and get your sports injuries adequately treated before you
get back into your game”.
body a chance to regain flexibility, strength and endurance in a pre-season
training program before the season starts. If you get injured during the season
give your body a chance to heal before the next game. This may mean that you
have to miss a game or a few and to get some treatment. All professional
athletes get their injuries treated and have down time when needed. They also
let their coach and health care providers help determine when they are ready to
get back into their next competition.
So how do
you choose your sports physicians? Yes, many athletes need the care of a team
of practitioners to help them through a long and healthy sporting life. Do not
be afraid to seek the care of more than one practitioner. No practitioner has
all the truth. Everyone has their own area of expertise. Look for someone that
is willing to work in conjunction with other health care practitioners. Ask
other athletes and coaches where they go for care.
looking for help with your sports injuries look for a practitioner that has
played or is very familiar with your sport and one that has sports medicine
training. Dr. Patrick Shwaluk became
a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in 1994. He has played and coached
ice hockey, soccer, baseball and beach volley ball. He has experience with
treating rugby league, touch footy, cricket, beach volleyball, soccer, tennis,
softball and dance athletes. He has worked with athletes that have represented
the state of Queensland and the country of Australia. He
knows the pain of injury and the pain of missing games due to injury.
works out in a gym and dances Argentinean Tango to maintain strength, balance
and general fitness. He can help you obtain peak performance, return you to
your game and play your best.