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TASS Injury Prevention


Welcome to the University of Southampton TASS HUB. This information leaflet will provide you with an outline of what to expect from your Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning provision. It describes how these service providers are working together to do the best they can for you to prevent injuries occurring. What is Physiotherapy? Physiotherapy is usually thought of as a treatment for injuries but it is far more important to look to your physiotherapist to help prevent injury in the first place. By means of a multi-faceted assessment, your physiotherapist is able to provide you with a managed programme to maintain full fitness and prevent injury occurring. The physiotherapist will work closely with sports coaches and strength and conditioning coaches to optimise your performance. However if you are injured it is vital to see your physiotherapist as early as you can to ensure the injury is managed correctly, enabling you to return to your sport as soon as possible.

What is Strength and Conditioning?

photo: © Sportswise

Why Screening? In order for the TASS physiotherapists and the TASS strength and conditioning coaches to provide the best service to you, a screening session is carried out. In this screening session you will be asked to perform a series of functional movements, so that the physiotherapist and the strength and conditioning coach can observe any muscle imbalances and flexibility issues. Possible areas for concern can then be addressed in physiotherapy treatment sessions and/or strength and conditioning sessions, which can then prevent injuries.

Strength and conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance. One of the main roles of the strength and conditioning coach is to implement the scientific principles of sports analysis into practical periodised training programmes, enabling the athletes’ performance to be enhanced and to remain injury-free. The main aim of strength and conditioning is to improve sports performance by focusing on the entire physical development of the athlete. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance, core stability and strength training.

Working alongside the athletes’ sports coach and physiotherapist, the strength and conditioning coach aims to deliver the most effective, periodised programme that targets both strengths and weaknesses, based on a detailed needs analysis of the athletes’ sport and physiological makeup. As a result, the athlete becomes faster, stronger and more flexible, thus increasing in muscular If required, the screening session will endurance, providing a positive effect on the athletes’ sports be repeated, after a suitable period performance. of time, to check and confirm that everything is working well for you.


The Sports Training & Performance Centre at the Southampton HUB

Drugs in Sport Is the medication I am taking prohibited for my sport?

Physiotherapy Clinics Therapeutics | www.therapeutics-southampton.co.uk

Many athletes may be unaware that particular drugs are prohibited when competing and training for particular sports. These include general medicines that you might take for a cold or cough. If you are unsure about any medication, then it is vital that you check the following website www.globaldro.com. This website provides a database that can tell you if you are taking anything prohibited for your sport, or if you need to declare it prior to competition entry.

Trojans Sports Club | 023 8065 3707 Stoneham Ln, Eastleigh, so50 9ht

If you wish to contact an anti-doping advisor, this information is found on the following website www.ukad.org.uk.

BWT also has a clinic at Bournemouth University

Sportswise - The Sussex Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine www.sportswise.org.uk | 01323 745 970 The Welkin Building, Carlisle Road, University of Brighton Eastbourne, East Sussex, bn20 7sn BWT Physiotherapy Centre www.bwtphysio.co.uk | 01202 745 514 41 Church Road, Parkstone, Poole, bh14 onn


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Injury Prevention Leaflet