Gaelic games, including Gaelic football and hurling, involve high levels of physical contact and intense physical exertion.
What We Treat
Players are therefore more vulnerable to different injuries: here at Achieve we work with a lot of Gaelic players so are a great kit to help with your performance. The following are a few frequent injuries that Gaelic athletes may experience:
One of the most frequent injuries in Gaelic sports is ankle sprain. They happen when unexpected changes in direction, uneven playing surfaces, or collisions with other players cause the ligaments around the ankle joint to stretch or tear. Our clinicians can ensure a return to play through hands on treatment, strengthening and rehabilitation. Ankle sprains are commonly reoccurring unless treated and rehabbed properly.
Knee injuries common in Gaelic games include patellar tendinitis, meniscus tears, and ligament tears (ACL, MCL). These accidents can happen as a result of abrupt stops, turns, or direct blows to the knee joint. We can help with recovery but also reduce the risk of some injurues through strength, mobility, gait and biomechanical assessment
Hamstring and Groin Strains:
Strains and tears in the hamstrings or groin (adductors) can occur as a result of the quick acceleration and deceleration and turning, necessary for Gaelic games. Pain and function can vary from mild to severe and finding it difficult to walk. Treatment can speed up healing and reduce pain and rehabilitation following treatment is key to reduce risk of re-injury and speed up return to play
Gaelic athletes are susceptible to shoulder injuries like as dislocations, separations, and rotator cuff tears. Falls, collisions, or repetitive overhead movements used in throwing or tackling can all result in these injuries. We have a lot of experience with shoulder injuries such as:
Collisions, falls, impacts with the ball or other players, as well as concussions, can happen during a game of Gaelic football. Concussion management and evaluation must be done correctly for player safety.
Hand and Finger Injuries:
Gaelic players frequently suffer from finger and hand injuries such fractures, dislocations, or ligament sprains. These wounds may develop as a result of falls, collisions with opponents, or ball contact. Surprisingly we can help with all of these – and speed up return to play.
Gaelic games entail physical contact, which makes participants vulnerable to bruising and contusions on many regions of the body. Even these injuries Achieve Health can help with – remove pain, swelling and stiffness quicker – and reduce the risk these injuries have been proven to have on later injuries.
In the treatment and recovery of these injuries in Gaelic athletes, physiotherapy is crucial. Pain management, healing promotion, function restoration, and injury prevention are among the main goals of physiotherapy.
Treatment options include:
• Pain and inflammation can be reduced with pain management methods including heat, rolling or shockwave.
• Manual/hands on therapy, such as deep soft tissue massage and manipulation, to increase soft tissue healing, flexibility, and joint mobility.
• Programs of progressive exercise help increase stability, strengthen the afflicted area, and restore functional movement patterns needed in Gaelic games.
• Biomechanical assessment and gait analysis.
• Training in balance and proprioception and plyometrics can improve coordination and stop injuries from happening again.
• Drills and movement retraining that are specific to the sport are used to safely reintegrate participants into hockey activities.
How We Can Help!
The nature and extent of the damage will determine the length of the treatment and its details – do contact us for more information.
For a safe and effective comeback to the sport, Gaelic players must work closely with a physiotherapist and also if they’re interested in prevention of injuries or increased strength. We aren’t just here for when something has already gone wrong: we are also about making you the best athlete possible!