Sports Injury

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NEW TREATMENTS provided by our in house therapist – Niamh O’Gorman – at the INDOOR SKI CENTRE:

  • Sports, Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage;
  • Soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) injury treatment;
  • Functional screening for imbalances or weaknesses;
  • Exercise prescription.

Available: Thursday, Friday & Saturday – Call (01) 293 0588 to book an appointment.

Niamh O’ Gorman has a Diploma in Leisure management and Fitness instruction and a Degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.After university she spent time travelling and working as a sports massage therapist in ski resorts in New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland. It was during this time that she learned the skill of deep tissue and relaxation massage.As a sports therapist Niamh can also assess joint or muscle injuries such as tendonitis, muscle strains, ligament damage and muscle damage or imbalance and help set you on the road to recovery.Niamh is a snowboarder, road and mountain runner and has a keen interest in strength and conditioning as part of a complete training programme.Massage and sports therapy are a perfect complement to skiing as therapy could help facilitate a greater progression in skiing by targeting specific areas that are restricted. Strength and conditioning can also play a big role in preparing you for skiing and have an impact on how you ski and how quickly you recover.

Are you worried about getting injured when you are skiing or snowboarding this winter?

Do you have any old injuries causing you concern?

According to a report published by Verbier ski resort 64% of those who had to be evacuated off the mountain in 1999 were foreign tourists.Modern ski equipment has reduced the incidence of injuries of the foot and ankle but doeslittle to protect the knee and the incidence of severe knee injuries involving the ACL and othersupporting ligaments has increased, while the most common recorded injuries for snowboarders are wrist injuries. Most recreational skiers are often under prepared so t hat by day three of the holiday thequadriceps have little strength or protective reaction. One of the recommendations is ‘effective preconditioning to improve strength, endurance, and reaction times’.By preparing yourself for the ski season with some prescribed exercised based around your specific areas of weakness you can help to reduce your chance of knee injury. This will also have other benefits such as slowing down the rate of fatigue in your muscles and allowing you better control in your skiing.

Regular massage treatments are importantto help maintain flexibility and mobility and can help in injury prevention. It is also important to address any pains or niggles before they develop and restrict your mobility, causing muscle imbalances and increasing your chances of getting injured whileskiing or snowboarding. By doing a few simple tests and following a tailored exercise programme you can help to prevent injuries during your ski holiday.

Get the most out of your trip and avoid spending two days with an icepack on your knee.

Treatments include:

  • Sports, Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage.
  • Soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) injury treatment.
  • Functional screening for imbalances or weaknesses.
  • Exercise prescription.

Please feel free to contact Niamh with any questions or bookings.
Phone: (01) 293 0588