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Assessing Gimenez 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, advises us exactly what the consequences are of a particular injury and how to deal with it.


On the injured list this week: Jose Gimenez

Current club: Atletico Madrid

Injury: Adductor muscle injury

Soccer Laduma injury brief: Atletico Madrid defender, Jose Gimenez, was injured during Atletico's 5-0 win over Las Palmas after a challenge with Kevin-Prince Boateng in the 25th minute. The club confirmed he will now be out for some time.

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


The Physio says: An adductor injury is common among individuals who are physically active, especially in competitive sports. The most common sports that put athletes at risk for this type of injury are soccer, rugby, hockey, basketball and tennis, to mention a few. Hip adductor injuries occur when there is a forced push-off during side-to-side motion. Basically, when the athlete must shift direction suddenly into the opposite direction.

Recommended rehab exercise: The initial management of an adductor injury should include protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Avoid painful activities.

Estimated time of recovery: Minor adductor injuries take 3 to 4 weeks. Severe injuries take 6 to 8 weeks and sometimes up to 12 weeks.

How to prevent this injury from recurring: Use Deep Heat to assist in warming up. Strengthening abdominal, upper thigh and hip flexor muscles is an essential part of the rehabilitation of adductor injuries. Balancing exercises, as well as gentle stretching, are recommended.

Notable players who suffered this injury in the past:

• Bacary Sagna

• Daine Klate

• Thabo Rakhale

• Nani


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