Sports Injury2023-04-27T21:58:56+00:00

Sports Injury

Get over that sports injury and back on the pitch

Having a sports injury can be frustrating, daunting and may feel very lonely, especially when you have to stop doing what you enjoy.

Some of these injuries can be acute/traumatic or can be aggravated over a longer period of time. A lot of the time these are recurring injuries and you may feel like you are stuck in a vicious cycle of resting, gradually returning back to sports and suddenly re-injuring. At Head2Toe our priority is finding the root cause of your pain and guiding you in your recovery with specific, individualised rehabilitation!

What type of sports injury do you have?

Over the years we have seen plenty of acute and chronic, sports injuries. Whether it’s people coming down from the gym, out of the pool or hobbling off the 5-a-side football courts. We see strained and torn muscles, rolled ankles and even, sadly, a few snapped Achilles tendon. What injury have you picked up?

Head2Toe-Sports Injury Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Shin splints causes pain in the shinbone after overloading or overusing your muscles, tendon or shin bone itself. It is most common in runners or gymnasts.

Head2Toe-Sports Injury Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy

Any damage to a tendon is referred to as a tendinopathy. The Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscles to your heelbone and any overuse or chronic stress can cause a tendinopathy

Head2Toe-Sports Injury Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments supporting your ankle are overstretched. This is very common in sports where quick changes in direction are needed.


Patella Issues

Pain, popping or grinding in your knee can be a sign of patella tracking issues. Any major stress placed on the knee when twisting or changing in direction can cause aggravation.

Head2Toe-Sports Injury Golfers Elbow

Tennis / Golfers Elbow

Tennis and Golfers elbow are both caused by an overuse to the tendon that originate at the elbow joint, with tennis elbow to the lateral aspect and Golfers elbow to the medial aspect. This can cause pain when gripping and can be painful to touch.

Treatments we recommend for a sports injury

Your Head2Toe Physio will carry out a thorough assessment, looking at what you can do, what you can’t do and whether there’s anything that should be of greater concern. Most sports injuries will resolve if dealt with sensibly. A combination of exercise therapy and manual therapy often proves helpful. Combined with a little education on what’s happening and why, things can often improve pretty quickly.

Our frequently asked questions about a sports injury?

What are the most common Sports Injuries?2023-04-27T21:23:57+00:00

At Head2Toe Physiotherapy, we see hundreds of sports injuries every month. The most common sports injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and overuse injuries such as tendinitis and bursitis.

We see amateur netball, football and hockey players to national swimmers and international athletes. We treat patients of every age, and who have sustained injuries in just about every sport you can think of. From sore knees fencing, knee pain showjumping, broken collar bones mountain biking, hip pain scuba diving to back injuries sustained on a trampoline. We’ve even seen a patient with an elbow injury throwing darts!

How do you diagnose a sports injury?2023-04-27T21:27:41+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio, our physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment. They will take a medical history and listen to what your problem is, how long it’s been there and what makes it better and worse. They’ll perform a  physical examination.

For sporting patients, they might examine any videos or pictures of your sporting technique. For those with pain on running, they will likely watch you running to see if anything in your gait pattern might be contributing to your pain.

For those with diagnostic imaging (such as X-rays or MRIs), we will go through your scan reports with you and try to determine the underlying cause of your sports injury.

What causes sports injuries?2023-04-27T21:25:25+00:00

Sports injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Overuse
  • Poor technique
  • Lack of warm-up
  • Fatigue
  • Equipment failure
  • Accidents
What are the treatments for a sports injury?2023-04-27T21:30:40+00:00

Our Head2Toe Physios have a range of treatment options for sports injuries, that may include manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, education on posture and ergonomics, and modalities such as ultrasound or TENS.

We will work with you, and if you have one, your sports coach, to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.

Should I rest or continue to exercise with my sports injury?2023-04-27T21:32:50+00:00

It really depends on the type and severity of your sports injury. Some injuries may require rest to heal initially, while others may benefit from gentle exercise or rehabilitation straight away.

Our physiotherapists will help develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.

How can I stay active while recovering from my sports injury?2023-04-27T21:34:14+00:00

Our Head2Toe physiotherapists will provide guidance on safe and appropriate exercises that can help you maintain your fitness while you recover. We may also recommend modifications to your workout routine or suggest alternative activities that are less likely to aggravate your injury.

Which clinics do you treat sports injuries at?2023-04-27T22:14:48+00:00

You’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your sports injury treated at any of our 3 clinics in Surrey and West Sussex.

At Dorking and Leatherhead, our clinics are based in sports centres with fantastic access to gym facilities and ample room to get you back up to full fitness. At Crawley, we have a modern physio clinic with our own rehab studio, all set to return you to your chosen sport as quickly and effectively as possible.

Get help from Head2Toe Physio

Sports Injury, whether it’s mild or severe, acute or chronic, can have a major impact on your life. At Head2Toe Physio, our team is committed to helping you find relief and prevent further issues. To find out how we can help you, contact us today!

Steve Wells

I have known and worked with Sam Bowden for almost 20 years and I have the utmost respect for his and his colleagues’ knowledge and expertise.

Steve Wells, Director, Epsom Footcare

John Kelting

I have seen a number of physio’s and other medical professionals for sports injuries over many years, and have found Sam to be at the very top in terms of quality. Accurate diagnosis, excellent treatment, and a clear path back to fitness which has enabled me to resume activity quickly without causing any setback in recovery time. Given my positive experience, I have referred my daughter and sister at different times to Sam for different problems, and they have been delighted with how they have been treated. I would strongly recommend him as a leading professional in his field.

John Kelting, Managing Director Barclays Bank

Jean-Pierre Blazek

When referring my clients, I want to make sure they’re getting the best service possible and with Head2Toe Physio I know they’re in very good hands. I have referred to Sam Bowden and his team in Dorking since 2009 and I find them to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are an extremely valuable resource for me and we work well together in improving clients throughout the rehabilitation phase, helping them to get back to being injury and pain free

Jean-Pierre Blazek, Personal Trainer, Fitness by JP

Dawn H

I would like everyone to know how amazing Mel’s treatment at Head2Toe Physio has been for me.  I suffer from really bad migraines and doctors were unable to help.  With Mel’s treatment I’ve gone from having them every week, to one in every two months. When I had one before it could last a week, they were unbearable. Hopefully this will get less as time goes on with the exercises and treatments.

Dawn H

Sophia Warner

I have been working with Sam and the clinic for a number of years. As a Paralympic athlete with high expectations and lots of complications, it has always been critical that I find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I introduced Sam to British Athletics who then approved him to work with me in the lead up to 2012. It was great to have such expertise on my doorstep and they were so flexible, always fitting me in when I had an ache or a pain.

Sophia Warner, Commercial Director, UK Athletics and T35 100, 200m Paralympian

Sophie Roberts

I have worked with Head2Toe Physio for many years now and I have been impressed with the excellent clinical skills and professional way they manage my patients

Sophie Roberts, Director The Gaitlab

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