SQUASH PERFORMANCE AND INJURY MANAGEMENT
Squash Ontario has teamed up with Endeavour Rehab as our Official Therapy Provider, giving our members access to the most cutting-edge injury treatment options available today. In addition to treating your injuries, Endeavour has also committed to providing educational material for our athletes, encouraging squash players to take care of their bodies so they can work towards their competition goals or simply to stay in the game longer. See below for short videos on suggested warm ups and squash-specific exercises.
Endeavour Rehab: Physical Rehabilitation is changing.
Rehabilitation used to consist of a combination of stretching and massage, electrical machines, “corrective” exercises, and joint mobilizations. Some people improved while others didn’t. If this conservative approach failed, patients often underwent procedures or surgeries to correct the structure that seemed likely to be symptomatic. Once again, some people improved while others didn’t.
Over the last 20 years there have been huge strides in our knowledge of the physiology of movement and pain. This has allowed well-studied practitioners to better understand how and why symptoms and movement dysfunction arise and persist far beyond any inciting event. As a result, these practitioners have gained the skills to select the most effective treatment modalities and develop new techniques to address the underlying issues.
At Endeavour Sports Performance and Rehabilitation, we are those practitioners. We are forward-thinking, evidence-based therapists who incorporate a current understanding of physiology with progressive treatment techniques to produce outstanding results. Our team is dedicated to not only providing the best care, but to redefining what the best care can be.
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Book an Assessment today!
Squash Ontario members get exclusive discounts for their first visit to Endeavour rehab:
Adult members: 30% off their first visit
Juniors members: FREE first visit
Book your assessment with the Endeavour Rehab team today at one of our two locations:
BAYVIEW CLINIC: 1820 Bayview Ave, Toronto
GLENDON CLINIC: Glendon Athletic Club Proctor Building; 2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-546-9454 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Endeavour Rehab was present at Squash Ontario’s most recent Under 15 Talent Identification Camps, administering Injury Assessments and Functional Movement Screens to some of the province’s best junior squash players. The team at Endeavour Rehab has extensive experience working with young athletes and believes in the importance of early detection and management of both injuries and poor movement patterns. These screens are designed to accomplish this, providing the athlete with valuable information about how they move and what areas of their body they need to focus on to stay healthy and at the top of their game. If you or the athletes you coach are interested in a service that will help you learn about your body’s movement patterns with the goal of preventing future injuries contact our clinic to find out more.
KEEPING OUR KIDS HEALTHY: HOW A PROACTIVE APPROACH CAN KEEP THEM IN THE GAME
Children are extraordinarily resilient when it comes to their physical health, whether they have suffered a little scrape or a broken bone. Our young athletes are back to full activity following injury in a fraction of the time that it would take their parents to recover. At the same time, small, seemingly insignificant injuries that occur during periods of growth and development often make them more vulnerable to related injuries in the future. Armed with an understanding of the impact of these previous injuries and a proactive mindset, you are better equipped to keep your kids healthy and excelling at the activities they love.
The body has an incredible ability to heal itself, learn new skills, and modify its tissues based on the demands we put upon it. Kids are highly adaptable; they are a malleable clay that will be shaped by their activities and habits over time. This allows the young baseball player to improve their hand-eye coordination and the gymnast to gain flexibility. High adaptability also means that children will naturally find compensatory movement patterns in the presence of injury. These patterns often persist long after the damaged area has healed and increase the likelihood of future injury.
Let’s look at an example using the most common injury in young athletes: the ankle sprain. The symptoms from mild ankle sprains often subside within a few days, while more severe sprains may take several weeks. However, due to changes in the nervous system and connective tissues, many people end up with altered range of motion, strength, and balance. This explains why subsequent ankle sprains occur so frequently. These changes can also result in slightly altered running mechanics, which start to accumulate extra stress on the knee, hip, and back during activity. These adaptations can manifest as new symptoms or injuries in the short term or many years later. Many of my adult patients with “weak ankles” or “bad knees” likely started with minor lower body injuries and altered movement patterns that accumulated over time.
The good news is that kids are highly adaptable! Even in the absence of symptoms, we can identify changes in joint function, strength, and movement patterning, and they are extremely responsive to our interventions. Manual techniques, acupuncture, education, and movement re-training are all extremely effective when the therapist thoroughly examines all of the contributing factors.
All of this hinges on listening to our young athletes when they repeatedly complain about pain or injury, and acting on it by getting them to the experts who can effectively assess and treat them. Ideally, it also means identifying altered movement patterns before symptoms arise by screening our athletes regularly. Through a proactive approach, we can keep kids healthy and active well into their adult lives and prevent small, seemingly insignificant issues from becoming worse and impacting day to day activities we often take for granted.