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

  • Facet Joint Problems

    Facet joint pain is normally localized: centrally over your spine or to one side. It may feel like a "catching pain" during certain movements like bending backwards, or turning. It is associated with poor posture, repetitive strain (e.g. horse riding) or injury (e.g. snowboarding falls)The common factors that contribute to...

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  • 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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  • Golfer’s Elbow

    This is very similar to tennis elbow except that it affects the other side of the elbow. The pathology and treatment are very similar, just directed at these tendons rather than the ones involved in tennis.

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  • Clicking ankles or feet

    Clicking or crunching in the ankles or feet can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe...

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  • Cervical disc injury

    Cervical disc problems include degeneration, disc bulges or disc prolapses.If the discs in the neck become damaged they can bulge out and irritate or pinch the nerves coming out of the neck or the spinal cord itself. This clearly has serious implications, however can often be treated successfully with physiotherapy...

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  • Clicking Knees

    Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have clicking in the knees, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and weight bearing has been very restricted. If this is you, please...

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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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  • Proprioception exercise

    Please click here to learn about lateral ligament strains before reading the following. Proprioception is the body's positional sense. In other words it is what enables your brain to know where your arms and legs are positioned without needing to look at them. If there is a significant difference in...

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  • Stretching

      A note on static stretching v dynamic stretching I bet you can't remember the last time you saw elite athletes doing a static stretches pitch-, track- or court side pre-performance. That is because research now shows that static stretching is not advisable before exercise. This is because it slows...

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  • Resisted Static Hip Flexion in Sitting

    [sg_popup id="1" event="onload"][/sg_popup]   Hip flexor muscle exercise and tendon loading can be brilliant for hip flexor tendon pain but must only be done under the guidance of your Physiotherapist. Please email reception@octopusclinic.com to book now. https://youtu.be/f9wYTHV2g7s

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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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  • Ankle stability, alignment and strength exercise

    Please click here to read how the foot and ankle works before reading the following. Make sure you have your pain diagnosed properly by a physio, osteo or sports doctor to ensure that this exercise is appropriate.

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