Placement week 1

Week commencing on the 14/10/2019:

Tuesday the 15th:

Training session for the club so I get to the club at 6PM and I stay for the first bit of training to make sure the lads are okay to train. By getting to the club early it allows players needing treatment time to discuss their concerns before training and for treatment to take place.

There are players with a few “niggles” carrying over from playing the previous Saturday with stiffness of the legs, should discomfort and a problematic calf.

Used MET stretching techniques to help ease of the tightness of the legs and allow for ROM which the player said helped and “felt 100xs better” afterwards. The calf was similar with using MET but also showing certain stretches the player can carry out at home to help prevent this reoccurring. I offered STM to help release any tension in the shoulder by going over the Traps, Lev Scap and Rhomboids. Also gave the player advice on releasing tension in the neck/shoulder area.

Thursday the 17th:

One player came in with history of tight hamstrings and calf due to an old ACL injury the player needs help stretching before any activity to prevent any injury. MET was used for both the hamstrings and calfs with added over pressure to ensure the muscle was stretched out. Another player just wanted their writs taping as they have previously broken their thumb and tape it up before training and games.

Saturday the 19th Game day:

On game days, I meet the players at 1PM for any taping, strapping, stretching needs. I am present throughout the warmup and giving advice on how the players can stretch effectively leading the stretching part of the warmup. Once the game is underway, I follow the flow of the game keeping close eye on contact areas, rucks, mauls, tackles and especially scums as that’s where the players are prone to injuries.

The first player went down with an ankle injury resulting in a sprain/strain of the Deltoid Ligament as the pain was on the medial side of the foot and struggled to weight bare. Treatment was holding an ice pack in the affected area to and reduce the amount of swelling and advice was giving to seek further medical advice if pain was still present after 24hrs.

Play was stopped to clean up some blood from a player with a bloody nose and then play continued as it was just a case of wiping away the blood and no blood continuing to flow.

Play was stopped for a head injury, the player went in for a tackle and took an elbow to the chin which was the concern as the play remained conscious, no pain other than jaw ache and they knew simple questions like the date, what day, month and where we were.

The last injury for the game was when a player broke out of a tackle but had an arm wrapped around his knee and due to their previous injury (ruptured PCL) the player was experiencing discomfort but could still walk and weight bare.

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