Should FEDERER have not played with an injury lurking?

03/02/2020

 

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RIGHT OR WRONG...
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On Thursday, Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2020. Speaking after the game, the Swiss legend admitted that he had considered retiring from the match on numerous occasions.

In case you did not know, Federer had suffered from groin and lower back injury as he played through the Australian Open 2020 quarter-finals clash against Sandgren. He then opted to skip practice on Wednesday, in a bid to recover as quickly as possible ahead of the matchup against Djokovic.

RIGHT OR WRONG ... should you continue playing sport if you have an injury present?? 

When it comes to sports injuries, the old days of "just suck it up" or "play through the pain" are over. Doctors, trainers, and most coaches now know that playing through a sports injury can cause damage that keeps you on the bench longer. Playing through an injury may even end your sports career entirely.

But, in addition to worsening an existing injury, playing when you're already injured means you also can get hurt someplace else. That's because you may be playing in a way that's not natural for your body — it protects the injured area but puts other areas at risk.

Here is our tip:

If you have a injury or pain lurking before a competition/training event, you could

  • Stop playing as soon as you notice an injury and talk to your coach and physiotherapist. Then keep resting and seeing your physiotherapist until you are fully healed and your health team gives the go ahead

  • Sports medicine experts recommend training and conditioning as a way to prevent injuries from happening in the first place. For an evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, talk to your physiotherapist.

This information can be used to gain a better understanding of playing with injury. To find out more about how we can help your pain, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

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Written by Michael

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