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Assessing Mata From The Physio's Table

The Soccer Laduma Deep Heat team is dedicated to helping the fans stay on top of the latest injury news in football around the world. Our expert biokineticist, Russell Looms, from the EPT Recovery Centre in Stellenbosch, gives us his advice on the details of injuries that are sustained by some of the biggest names in local football and abroad and advises us exactly what the consequences are of a particular injury and how to deal with it.


On the injured list this week: Juan Mata

Current club: Manchester United

Injury: Groin injury

Soccer Laduma injury brief: After undergoing surgery for a groin injury last month, Juan Mata hoped to return to full fitness before the end of the season, but Jose Mourinho has now confirmed that the Spaniard will only be fit by the end of May.

Attending Physio: Russell Looms BHMS Hons (Biokinetics), EPT Recovery Centre

The Physio says: A groin injury refers to either a strain or a tear resulting in pain to the muscles of the inner upper thigh. Groin injuries can range from very mild to very severe injuries that are completely debilitating. A symptom of an acute groin strain is a sudden sharp pain in the groin area, either in the belly of the muscle or higher up where the tendon attaches to the pelvic bone. It might be felt when sprinting or changing direction quickly. The athlete may or may not be able to play on, depending on how severe the injury is.

Recommended rehab exercise: Treatment for a groin strain can begin by applying cold therapy and compression to minimise bleeding and swelling. It is recommended to follow a full rehabilitation program, which includes stretching, strengthening and functional/sports specific exercises to restore the muscle back to full function.

Estimated time of recovery: Consult a professional for advice. Recovery depends on the severity of the strain/tear – generally, six to eight weeks.

How to prevent this injury from recurring: Use Deep Heat to assist you in warming up before playing or exercise. A thorough and comprehensive warm-up is vital. Do a range of motion and dynamic stretches during the warm-up. Follow a strength programme for the entire hip and leg.

Notable players who suffered this injury in the past:

• Arda Turan

• Lionel Messi

• Mpho Makola
• Mzikayise Mashaba


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