What is Athlete Screening?

Here at Cardinia Physio & Fitness we pride ourselves in providing highest quality, evidence based care for all our clients. Recently we have established an athlete screening program. The screening program has been used extensively throughout the elite and sub-elite sporting levels. It is a great tool that gives the physiotherapist plenty of information about the individual athlete. The athlete screening program is designed to identify any risk factors that may contribute to injury. The screening tool uses assessment tests that have been scientifically proven to establish risk of injury. The information gained from the screening tests is collated to establish your personal injury risk.  We can then create a specific injury prevention program. While some athletes might not need a program at all as they are deemed a low injury risk, others might need an individualised specific program to help them reduce their risks or may need follow up physiotherapy.

Conditions that may be preventable

– Shin splints
– Achilles tendinopathies
– Calf strains
– Patella tendon tendinopathies
– Patello-femoral joint pain syndrome
– Hamstring strains
– Proximal and Distal Hamstring tendinopathies
– Rectus femoris (quadriceps) strains
– Psoas (hip-flexor) tendinopathies/strains
– Adductor tendinopathies/strains
– Low back pain
– Limit atraumatic shoulder dislocations
Please note that those conditions listed above are subject to the athlete’s previous injuries and personal factors such as biomechanics, age, sport participation history and medical history, hence why a thorough assessment would be needed.

Benefits of Athlete Screening

– Understanding of athlete’s specific risk factors
– List of potential injuries that might be sustained during a season of sport
– Obtaining an athlete specific program
– Communication of risks to coaching, fitness and medical staff for appropriate management during trainings and games
– Referrals to medical specialists or high performance coaches where needed

Benefits of a specific athlete program

– Increased muscle strength in specific muscle groups
– Increase muscle size
– Increase muscle power, endurance and work capacity
– Improve specific joint (hip) stability and control
– Improve landing awareness and quality of the movement
– Improve “core” stability
– Improve lower limb shock absorption
– Improve shoulder strength and stability

  • Physiotherapy

    injuries, rehabilitation

    With hands on techniques and extensive rehab knowledge our physios will treat your pain and injuries.
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  • Myotherapy

    massage, needling, cupping

    For aches & pain, stiffness, sports recovery and injury prevention. Myotherapy is a manual therapy treatment that incorporates the use of massage, dry needling, cupping, stretching and joint mobilisation.