Equestrian sports are fortunately emerging from the dark ages and there is a building appreciation of the benefit of a sports physiotherapist as part of the equestrian athlete's team.
However, the following is still an all too common scenario: The four-legged athlete receives regular Physio and veterinary care, a new set of shoes every 5-6 weeks (at approx. $170 a pop), a nutrient rich fully balanced diet, a training routine with workloads closely monitored, rugs and equipment for all conditions etc. Meanwhile, the two legged athlete (who certainly doesn't regard themselves as an athlete!), has multiple injuries and pains that have never been assessed by a Physio or doctor, lives on unhealthy nutrient poor food, and hasn't considered that their physical capacity and poor fitness is a big factor that is limiting their and their horses progress.
When you consider the findings of scientific research that has investigated large numbers of riders, it is clear to see that a Physio is a vital part of the rider's team:
A Physio that understands the requirements of the sport can assist in the following ways:
Please do not hesitate to contact a Physiotherapist if you have any questions, you can call us on 9783 9990 or book online.