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Rugby & Football

Fed up with trying to find a physio specialist in rugby or football? Look no further, our Physiotherapists have experience in national and international Rugby, Football and Australian Rules Football players.

We have Physiotherapists and Osteopaths who are specialists in Rugby, Football and Australian Rule Football. They have worked with international and national professional teams and some still do!

They have headed up performance, injury prevention and rehab programmes within these sports and are experts at diagnosing and treating rugby and football injuries both pitch side through to strength and conditioning at end stage rehab.

Our clinicians have post graduate qualifications in sports medicine and use hands on techniques, high level rehab and the latest screening to get their patients back on the pitch as soon as safely possible.

“Since working with Tom his dedication and high standard of care has been integral in maintaining the health and well-being of not only myself but the rest of the squad at Irish.” Ben Franks, 2001 and 2015 winner of Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks

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    Common Injuries

  • ITB Friction Syndrome (pain at side of knee)

    Please read how the knee works before reading the following. ITB friction syndrome causes pain at the outside of the knee and may be accompanied by stiffness, giving way or a clicking sensation and is commonly worse when running, going downhill or down stairs and tender to touch. The ITB...

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  • Knee Fat Pad Irritation

    The knee fat pad sits just behind and to the sides of the patella (knee cap) tendon, below the patella. The fat pad can be tender to touch and can be enlarged, puffy or inflamed.It can be irritated by sudden or uncontrolled extension, i.e. straightening of the knee and if...

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  • Achilles tendinopathy (previously called tendinitis)

    If the pain comes on gradually then it is probably an Achilles tendinopathy. It used to be referred to as an Achilles tendinitis but advances in research then showed that it was not an inflammatory condition, which is what the itis part of the word refers to. It is caused...

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  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

    This is often painful through the middle of the range of movement as you take your arm out to the side and then up to above your head. Try this test – stop as soon as you feel pain: stand with your arms out in front of you as if...

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  • Stiff Thoracic Spine

    The thoracic spine – middle and upper part of the back - is the stiffest part of the spine due to the ribs attaching here, but it commonly becomes too stiff as a result of poor postures. Please click here to learn correct sitting posture. Thoracic spine stiffness puts more...

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  • Patello-Femoral Joint Pain (knee cap pain)

    Patello-femoral pain syndrome is sometimes referred to as Anterior knee Pain. Anterior is the medical word for the front of, which is why the term anterior knee pain in itself is not a diagnosis. It is in fact an umbrella term that covers a number of diagnoses, one of which...

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  • Eccentric calf strengthening

    Please click here to read how the foot and ankle works and click here to read Achilles pain before reading the following. Make sure you have your heel pain diagnosed properly by a physio, osteo or sport doctor to ensure that heel drops are appropriate. There are some types of...

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  • Hip and groin: biomechanical optimisation, exercises, post-op rehab

    The following advice is designed for you to work through with your physiotherapist so it is important that you DO NOT try and do it alone. Hence why there is some juicy physiotherapy lingo in there!

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  • Glut/ VMO/ leg alignment exercise

    Please click here to read 'how the knee works' before reading the following. This exercise trains the lateral glute muscle fibres, lower limb alignment, VMO (the inside part of the quads muscle) and stretches the calf so is a big hitter – if you can get it right! You will...

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  • ITB and TFL release

    Please click here to read how the knee works before reading the following.

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  • Foot and ankle exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your feet and ankles including: 1) Foot self-massage exercise 2) Eccentric calf strengthening 3) Foot muscles strengthening 4) Concentric calf strength and ankle instability exercise

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  • Correct your neck posture

    Please read how the neck works before reading the following. The effect of gravity on the head is that it moves down and forwards, away from the body. As a result of the head being lowered it then has to be rotated upwards in order to look straight forwards not...

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