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Springing Back into Action: A Guide to Safe Return to Sport for Adults and Teens

As the holidays are drawn to an end, the anticipation for the upcoming sports season builds.

Whether you're an adult athlete or a teenager eager to hit the field, returning to sports after a break requires careful consideration to prevent injuries and optimise performance. At Whole Health Osteopathy, we understand the importance of a safe return to sport, and we're here to guide you through the process. Please read on for my guide to a safe return to sports for adults and teens.

Dr Nathans guide to safe return to sport


1. Easing into the Season: A Gradual Approach for Adults


For adults who may have taken a hiatus from their favourite activities, it's crucial to approach the return to sport with a gradual mindset. Osteopathy can play a vital role in this transition by addressing any musculoskeletal imbalances or restrictions that may have developed during the time away. Our experienced osteopaths can assess your posture, mobility, and overall biomechanics to create a personalised treatment plan that aims to enhance your body's resilience and reduce the risk of injuries.


2. Teen Athletes: Navigating Growth and Performance


Teens, too, must approach their return to sports thoughtfully. Rapid growth spurts, changes in muscle mass, and evolving coordination can make them more susceptible to injuries. Our clinic provides specialised care for teenagers, focusing on promoting proper alignment, flexibility, and strength. Osteopathic treatments aim to optimise musculoskeletal function, allowing young athletes to perform at their best while minimising the risk of injuries associated with their age group.


3. Comprehensive Pre-Season Planning: Beyond Osteopathy


In addition to osteopathic care, we emphasise the importance of a well-rounded approach to returning to sport. This includes proper warm-ups, mobility and strength conditioning exercises, and adopting good nutritional practices. Our team works collaboratively with athletes to develop comprehensive plans that encompass all aspects of their well-being.


4. Prioritising Health and Performance: The Whole Health Osteopathy Difference


As you gear up for the upcoming season, remember that a safe return to sport involves more than just dusting off your gear. Prioritise your body's health and performance by incorporating osteopathy into your pre-season routine. At Whole Health Osteopathy, we're dedicated to supporting adults and teenagers alike in achieving their athletic goals while minimising the risk of injuries. Let this season be a healthy, pain free and successful one!


 Dr Nathan wrote the blog "Springing Back into Action: A Guide to Safe Return to Sport for Adults and Teens" and he is a senior osteopath at Whole Health Osteopathy. Dr Nathan is available Mondays and Thursdays. You can book in for an appointment with Dr Nathan here.

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