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Sports Injuries are becoming more and more common as we continue to lead fit and healthy lifestyles, with the London 2012 Olympics  round the corner, we at The Sherwood Clinic in Stanmore, are here to help get all you athletes and sports lovers back on track.

Running is a common sport, which has many benefits to one’s health.  Who would have thought that the repetitive action of running could cause many injuries from head to toe! Some common running injuries are shin splints, tendonitis  and stress fractures which are due to overuse… they can be avoided.

Common causes of these injuries include:
* Inappropriate training timetables
* Sudden change of speed, direction or distance.
* Incorrect choice of footwear

Tips to help reduce risk of injury:
* Follow a structured training program.
* Warm up and stretch muscles before and after each run
* Gradually increase speed and distance
* Include rest days in your schedule

Footwear is the key to avoiding injury. At our  Stanmore clinic, the physiotherapist can recommend insoles and refer to our podiatrist who can advice and assess any alterations in the biomechanics of your feet.  They will also provide you with an individually tailored exercise program and use a variety of pain relieving methods.  If you experience pain, do not run through it. Always seek medical attention if pain persists.

Tennis is a popular summer sport, becoming more and more favoured by young children.  Common injuries a tennis player will experience are at the wrist, elbow and shoulder; these include tennis elbow, wrist tendonitis, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff bursitis.

Some factors increase the likelihood of injury:

Failure to warm and stretch muscles.

Incorrect technique

Overuse- playing for too long, too many times a week.

Incorrect equipment.

Unsuitable environment.

To avoid injuries:

Warm up and stretch main muscle groups.

Ensure you have learnt the correct technique to play tennis.

Ensure you have rest days and time your sessions effectively.

Make sure your racquet is measured to suit you height and appropriate footwear is worn.

Try not to play on windy or wet days.


If injury occurs, stop playing immediately to prevent further damage and seek medical advice.  At Sherwood the physiotherapy team will be able to treat and relieve pain, and other members of the team will be on hand to provide their services.

The repetitive action of swinging a golf club may not seem like it could do much damage, but golf leads to many overuse injuries.  Analyzing a golfer’s swing, one can appreciate the power required and the number of muscle groups being affected by the process. Common Golf Injuries include golfer’s elbow,  tendonitis, frozen shoulder and blisters.


Common Causes of  golf related injuries

Incorrect footwear

Incorrect or lack of hand protection

Poor posture and technique

Exerting a strain


Methods of Reducing Risk of Injuries

When starting out be sure that your technique is not flawed. It is advised to seek help from a coach to get the basics correct

Warm up and stretch thoroughly before start and stretch after.

Do not dismiss twinges and strains in the body and continue playing, seek a medical opinion

Wear the appropriate footwear and glove to prevent blisters


Our chartered physiotherapists  at our Stanmore clinic, specialize  in sports injuries and will be able to provide you with a tailored treatment program to get you back to your peak and back on the course.