“You are the sports therapist of the New York Red Bulls soccer team. Your star player Clint Mathis has sprained his ankle (grade2) during pre-season training. Your goal is to get him to return to fitness to make an appearance at the final pre season game in six weeks time.
Here is a 6 week rehabilitation programme which Clint Mathis should consider doing, the treatment will last 45 minutes and will be weekly. I will also identify further treatment that he could require i.e. stretching, and other strengthening exercises, which he will need to include into his rehab training.
When Clint comes in for his weekly massage I would make sure that he has static stretches included into his rehabilitation program, the static stretches should be help to the onset of discomfort and never should the athlete be in pain, the stretches need to be applied for short frequent periods during the day, however when stretching the injured area should be warm as possible so I recommend using heat sprays of thermal packs to warm the recommended area.
The massage should consist of effleurage and petrissage to warm up the surrounding muscles on the injured area, once the surrounding areas and muscles are warm I would consider using a frictions massage as these are small movements over a localised area using the pads of fingers or thumbs, I would also consider using a deep stroking technique on the calf’s.
The advice which I would give to Clint in this stage would be to RICE the injury rest, ice, compression and elevation. he should follow the RICE method as this will help with the start of the recovery program, after the first 48 hours the athlete should then part in movement of the foot for example toe circles, flextion and extension of the foot, although if the athlete feels in pain he should discontinue the exercise, he should also not participate in any exercise the aim of this stage is to reduce the swelling and protect from any...