One of Penrith’s most loved sports is Netball and the season is just about to kick off. Those early Saturday morning starts and netball gala days are just upon us. Netball as a sport is considered relatively fast paced, high intensity and involves rapid change of direction, jumping and landing movements.
This is why it’s common for regular players of netball to see a physiotherapist on a regular basis. This helps to keep them injury free and on top of their game, all season long.
Although Netball is considered a ‘non-contact sport’, it actually provides a great deal of high-risk injuries to players especially related to knees and ankles.
Knee Injuries –
The most common knee injuries that we regularly see come through the doors at Progressive are:
- Knee bursitis
- Ligament damage including ACL injuries
- Inflammation of the joint/surrounding joints
- Dislocated kneecap
- Arthritis in the knee
Ankle injuries –
Ankle injuries are very common especially in Netball as players are constantly on their feet and changing directions. If you have a weak ankle or have suffered a minor sprain (rolled ankle) or have fractured your ankle, all rehabilitation journeys are different and require a specific list of exercises prescribed by physiotherapists to get you back into the game faster! Some of the most common ankle injuries we see are:
- Rolled ankle
- Severe ankle sprains
- Broken or fractured ankle
For those prone to ankle injuries or who experience ongoing ankle niggles, it’s highly recommended to invest in an ankle brace to protect yourself from a classic, yet potentially dangerous ankle roll during a game.
At Progressive, our netballer clients benefit from the use of the high-end Game Ready Med 4 Elite system that offers more benefits than traditional, passive RICE applications, working dynamically to help netballers recover sooner from injuries. The revolutionary Med4 Elite System incorporates four proven therapeutic modalities to help people return to their best as soon as possible after injury.
If you have suffered a netball injury or play netball regularly, we recommend regular visits to a professional Physiotherapist to keep you going strong all season.