DEF. 'The scientific
manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic
purposes, involving the restoration to normal functional activity
of the various structures of the body.'
Trained hands can explore the tissues, identify problem areas
and treat them accordingly. Such sports massage manipulation
will help to improve performance and endurance. It can also
go a long way to preventing the kind of injuries which cause
loss of joint mobility in potential trouble spots.
The purpose of rehabilitation is to treat injury and assist
in restoring fitness as quickly as possible. It is also important
for maintaining and improving general fitness throughout the
period of healing.
For many years, rehabilitation was considered to be the exclusive
domain of physiotherapists. In recent times however, views
on this have changed. It is now accepted that a professional
trained in exercise prescription, physiology, anatomy and
knowledge of common sporting injuries is perfectly qualified
to conduct many stages of a rehabilitation programme.
AIMS OF REHABILITATION
- Improve joint range of movement
- Improve flexibility
- Progressively improve strength
- Improve proprioception (balance, co-ordination and dexterity)
- Improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness
- Improve confidence