Roscommon physio bracing for a significant rise in injuries

One prominent local physiotherapist is anticipating a substantial surge in hat she refers to as “preventable, non-contact, soft tissue injuries” as footballers, hurlers and camogie gamers all across the county all of a sudden prepare to return into club champion action less than two months from now.

June 29 has been allocated as the date that training can recommence “for all adult and juvenile teams, in small groups only” which will leave a month for players to prepare for the action getting underway on the August bank vacation weekend.

Sarah O’Doherty is the physio for the Roscommon camogie group in 2020, having previously worked with the Roscommon senior footballers (2017 and 2018) and the Roscommon U-20’s (2020) and she says that a lot will depend on what players have actually been able to do while on lockdown.

“Intercounty teams and club groups with excellent strength and conditioning support will have had the ability to give great standards to their gamers for what to do while in lockdown, but as you go down to some other club teams and underage groups, the quality of assistance might not have been as excellent” she informed the Roscommon Herald.

“Then there’s the concern of what players will have had access to while the lockdown was in force. Some might have been able to get to some gym devices and weights, some will have had turf areas for running and motion, and others might have had had neither of these. Now you have to consider putting all these gamers back together in a group, and there’s a big danger of injuries that physios would think about to be avoidable in typical situations for high-performance athletes”.

“Hamstring and groin strains are typical of the kind of injuries that you really shouldn’t see if everything is being done correctly in regards to gamer work, but you ‘d have to expect that there will be a huge rise in those type of injuries now” she continued.

Sarah, who presently resides in Tulsk and deals with the Tulsk Lord Edwards club as well as Karol Collins’ camógs, says that how management and gamers deal with the situation will be vital.

“Firstly, I believe individuals have to manage their expectations. Everybody begins at a particular base level and you try to construct that up slowly, to slowly get gamers to their ceiling. You can just do so much weekly but here time is brief so you can’t expect gamers to be at their finest”.

“Then, when we do return into action, there will be a lot of games in a really brief area of time, and in that environment all you can do is go from video game to video game and encourage healing, you simply can’t attempt to construct gamers up even more if the video games are coming thick and fast. Once you get to your first game, you are what you are at that stage, you’ll have really little scope to build”.

“For players who are playing various sports, or maybe more youthful gamers who are dipping into different age groups, this will be much more of an issue”.

“Supervisors can’t depend upon star gamers to bring them through, supervisors are going to need to take a look at resting players at crucial times, using your full panel, and gamers themselves require to acknowledge how they’re feeling and communicate that”.

She anticipates that hurlers and camogie gamers will find it much easier to get back near to their peak level as the sport earns less of a physical and aerobic need on professional athletes, with skill levels and ball work far more important.

“Then there’s the issue of the absence of contact training. Certain contact injuries will happen regardless, but contact in itself is something you need to be prepped for, hits in training can prime a player”.

“I’m looking forward to it, no different to gamers who have actually missed out on being out on the field, however I anticipate to be very busy in video games, no matter how well-prepared players seek their time in isolation” she concluded.