We spent some time with Mark Harrison from Elite Physiotherapy Services to discuss shoulder & back injuries, and how Exosuit might help those suffering. Check out the video below, or read on for full details of Mark’s thoughts on Exosuit.
WHAT IS YOUR PHYSIOTHERAPY BACKGROUND?
My name is Mark Harrison, I’m a Clinical Director of Elite Physiotherapy Services. I’m also the Lead & an Extended Scope Physiotherapist with East London NHS Foundation Trust. I have a background in elite sport, having spent 5 years as a physiotherapist with West Ham United Football Club within the academy.
HOW COMMON ARE SHOULDER & BACK INJURIES IN ATHLETES?
We know that shoulder & back injuries are common in the sporting population. We also know that injury is more common both with increasing age and the increasing demand of competition. As physiotherapists we know that athletes will always continue to play through an injury which adversely affects their performance. Our job as physiotherapists is to minimise this effect.
HOW DO YOU AS IN PHYSIOTHERAPY CURRENTLY TREAT THESE KINDS OF INJURY?
Of course there are lots of different types of injuries and pathologies that can occur around the shoulder & back region. With any non-resolving injury or pain, it’s important that you seek an expert medical opinion or assessment. From a rehabilitation perspective, the most important aspects usually considered are:
- Range of movement
- Strengthening exercise
- Control or proprioception
- Activity modification
Prevention is always better than cure. Along with this are many other adjuncts that assist with the progression towards complete recovery.
HOW DOES AN EXOSUIT TOP WORK?
The Exosuit is designed to provide support and enhanced posture, with the aim to improve power and function. The flexible internal structure provides the support, while the silicone panels provide a proprioceptive input. The Exosuit may also promote a quicker recovery post-exercise.
HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING LIKE EXOSUIT BEFORE?
I’ve not seen anything like Exosuit on the market before. I believe it shows innovative design; not only does it fit with the aims to maximise performance, improve recovery time, and offer postural support, but the proprioceptive element could form an integral part of any management & rehabilitation program.
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