Why is there a Physiotherapy team at the EIS?
Elite athletes undertake substantial and highly intensive training programmes and demanding competition schedules in order to maximise performance gains. The challenge of maintaining athlete health in the context of intense physical, physiological and psychological stress is a critical determinant in elite sport. Highly trained physiotherapists at the EIS are embedded within the performance environment, working closely with athletes and coaches to minimise the threat of sustaining injury and optimise athlete recovery.
Physiotherapy can be accessed by all athletes on World Class Performance Programmes.
How does Physiotherapy have a performance impact?
The key components of performance impacting EIS physiotherapy are:
- Injury Management and Rehabilitation
When injuries do occur, the physiotherapy team responds rapidly to assess and diagnose the problem, identify the cause and establish the impact of the injury on the athlete. Practitioners are responsible for leading a cohesive and integrated management/evidence based rehabilitation strategy to ensure that the athlete is able to return to full fitness as effectively and as safely as possible. Physiotherapists are integral to the team, working closely to re-establish physical qualities, address modifiable factors associated with injury causation and develop a comprehensive, progressive plan to re-integrate the athlete into the sporting environment.
- Performance Threat Management
The physiotherapy team facilitates the identification of athletes who may be predisposed to injury and works collaboratively with the athlete, coach and interdisciplinary team to mitigate the risk of sustaining injury during training and competition.
- Performance Enhancement
Reducing the risk of each sports’ most prevalent injuries alongside optimal injury management, maximises the availability of athletes to train and perform. Working collaboratively with the coach and athlete support team, physiotherapists also identify and deliver technical performance indicators aligned to ‘what it takes to win’ through targeted projects and prehabilitation/rehabilitation strategies.