A special issue on Physiotherapy in Sports

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you this special issue on Sports Physiotherapy. With the recent edition of IPL taking the nation by storm for it is on the field entertainment and off the field drama and the preparation in full swing for the 2010 commonwealth games to be held in New Delhi, India is at the forefront of a sporting revolution. Not only physical strength, power and satisfaction but also a strong alternative of recreation; sports in India have paved a long way towards the road of success and have made themselves a hallmark in the world of sports.

In such a scenario, most young boys and girls have dreams of "making it big". All they really want is to prove to those around them that they could achieve something. This is so very true of aspiring sportsmen and women. However, there are times, when their sporting dreams are crushed with an injury that they think is the end of their sporting career. Be it Sachin Tendulkar or David Beckham, injuries in sports has spared no one. Physiotherapy plays an integral part in the management of sports injuries. However, a multidisciplinary team approach is ideal as cross-referral may take place in order to rehabilitate the 'whole' person and not just the injured part. The aim of physiotherapy is to treat and fully rehabilitate the athlete post-injury, post-operatively, to prevent further injury and to return the athlete to sport in the shortest possible time. It is obvious that “Prevention is better than cure and the physiotherapist must advise the patient on how to prevent recurrence of the injury on return to sport. We are sure that this Special Issue on Sports Physiotherapy will reiterate the significant role played by Physiotherapists in the prevention, treatment & management of sports injuries. 


COVER STORY: Physiotherapy In Sports-Prospects & Challenge In The Indian Context - A. G. SINHA

What is sports physiotherapy?- Sports physiotherapy can be described as the skilful selection and application of various techniques of physiotherapy on sports persons with the aim of enhancing and prolonging the quality length of career in the sports.

 The role of physiotherapy in the sports has expanded over the years. A sports physiotherapist is  involved with sports persons in various settings such as in   clinics, with training and touring team, and during co... Read More

REVIEW ARTICLE: Sports And Exercise Emergencies: An Emphasis On The Role Of Physiotherapists - DR.M. RAMPRASAD

One of the most critical components of being a sports physiotherapist is the ability to provide appropriate care to a suddenly injured or unwell athlete. Emergency situations may arise at anytime during sport events. Expedient action must be taken in order to provide the best possible care to the sport participant of emergency and/or life threatening conditions.

Need of sports emergencies in sports physiotherapy curriculum

Medical emergencies associated with sport and exer... Read More

PHYSIO SPEAKS: Role Of Physiotherapists In Cricket - DR. ALI IRANI

Q. Physiotherapy and Cricket. How old has been the association? Were Physios present right from the time cricket existed or this was introduced much later in India?

I was associated with the Indian Cricket team since 1987 from the Reliance World Cup till the end of 1997. Prior to that  we had orthopaedic/general surgeons going with the team. I was the first Physiotherapist to be a Physio of any sports team in India.

Q: What is the major role played by a Physio on the ... Read More

HEALING HANDS: Manual Therapy Treatment For Piriformis Syndrome - PROF.UMASANKAR MOHANTY

Anatomy of Piriformis Muscle- Piriformis is a Latin word meaning "pear shaped”. The piriformis is a flat muscle, pyramidal in shape, lying almost parallel with the posterior margin of the gluteus medius.It is situated partly within the pelvis against its posterior wall, and partly at the back of the hip-joint.It arises from the front of the sacrum by three fleshy digitations, attached to the portions of bone between the first, second, third, and fourth anterior sacral foramina, and... Read More


Millions of people, all ages and abilities around the world, suffer from various orthopedic ailments that may benefit from physical rehabilitation.  Meanwhile several million are investing in Wii Fit, the home fitness tool used with the hugely popular Nintendo Wii gaming system.  Now Wii fitness and rehab can be combined.  Wii-habilitation or better known as wii-hab, is the medical application of interactive video gaming devices to augment therapies of physical, cognitive, beha... Read More

GUEST COLUMN: Physiotherapy In Cricket - DR.DILEEP SINGH

Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that is first documented as being played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, cricket had developed to the point where it had become the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. Today, the game's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has 104 member countries. With ... Read More


Anterior knee pain (AKP) is a common clinical problem in patients of all ages and activity levels. The AKP could be defined as involving pain, inflammation, muscle imbalance and/or instability of any component of the extensor mechanism of the knee. This disturbance of the extensor mechanism of the knee has been regarded as one of the commonest disorders of the knee affecting between 5-15% of all patients reporting for treatment. These patients frequently present with pain of activities such a... Read More

GUEST COLUMN: Role Of Physiotherapy In Rehabilitation and Training Of Footballers - MR.TARUN AMALNERKAR

Application of physiotherapy techniques in sports injury and rehabilitation is known from a long very time. In substantial milieu, physiotherapy plays colossal role in preparing and rehabilitating the player for the event. Especially designed treatment protocols and management techniques can help the football players. The team physiotherapist plays an important role not only in injury care and rehabilitation, but increasingly the role focuses on injury prevention and training. With great adva... Read More

PHYSIO YOGA: The Sun Salutation Cycle & Sports Fitness - DR.NILIMA PATEL

MY OUTLOOK: Qualities of Self Reliance, Self Esteem and Independence are achieved by Emotional Maturity (Yoga), through awakening of the hidden Potential Energy within one’s own body.( Mind-Body Concept )

Biomechanics & its Principles apply to economy of effort of the human potential energy but there is Energy consumption.

Yoga & its Principles apply to channelization of the human potential energy for creative & constructional dimensions in life with the ... Read More

PHYSIO PILATES: Pilates For Sports Performance And Rehab - DR.K.GANESAN

Developed in the 1920's by the legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. The basic concept of Pilates conditioning is to increase awareness of the body as a single integrated unit, to improve alignment and breathing, and to increase efficiency of movement. The exercises are based on the principle that by developing a strong and flexible torso with a stabiliz... Read More

MFR: MFR Technique In Sports - DR.R.ARUNMOZHI

Introduction: Myofascial release is used to evaluate and treat restrictions in the body's contractile connective tissues (muscles) and non-contractile supportive connective tissues (fascia) by the application of gentle traction, pressures and positioning.

Myofascial release is a close relative to massage. They both involve manual contact with the patient, and they both use the sense of touch to evaluate the problem and the effectiveness of the treatment. They also both include t... Read More


The biggest reason why people don’t take fitness in the right sense, is the lack of correct awareness of it. It is high time that people of our country understand that an early morning stroll in the nearest garden discussing the latest soap, or brisking around the corridor with eyes stuck on the cover page breaking news of the morning daily is actually not enough for fitness.

Another great reason for this is, the huge amount of quackery in the profession unfortunately prevalen... Read More




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