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Ready to Tackle Football Preseason? Here's Your Physio Guide!

Updated: Mar 5

Written by Brooke Burgoyne, Physiotherapist

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It's that exciting time of the year again – preseason is upon us! Whether you're a seasoned pro or gearing up for your first season, proper preparation is key. Our physiotherapy experts have some essential tips to help you hit the ground running and minimize the risk of injuries.

1️⃣ Gradual Build-Up: Avoid going full throttle from day one. Gradually increase the intensity of your training to allow your body to adapt and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.

2️⃣ Dynamic Warm-ups: Never underestimate the power of a thorough warm-up! Dynamic stretching helps improve flexibility, boosts blood flow, and primes your muscles for the demands of football training.

3️⃣ Strength is Crucial: A strong core and lower body provides stability and support, especially during rapid changes in direction. Incorporate core exercises into your routine to enhance performance and protect against injuries.

4️⃣ Balance Training: Enhance your proprioception and reduce the risk of sprains by incorporating balance exercises into your regimen. Single-leg stands and stability drills are game-changers!

5️⃣ Listen to Your Body: If something doesn't feel right, don't push through it. Consult with our physiotherapists to address any concerns and tailor your training program to your individual needs.

6️⃣ Recovery is Essential: Adequate rest and recovery are just as important as training itself. Prioritize sleep, consider ice baths, and use recovery techniques to ensure your body is ready for the next session.

Remember, injury prevention is a team effort! Our physiotherapy team is here to support you every step of the way. In Stride Health Clinic boasts an onsite rehab gym, clinical pilates studio and use of a hydro pool nearby to assist your rehabilitation and exercise prescription. Let's make this preseason your best one yet!

📞 Call us today to book your personalised assessment!


Brooke completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011 at LaTrobe University. Since then she has worked in private practice both in Melbourne and Ballarat treating numerous musculoskeletal injuries across a diverse range of clients including local sports teams. 


Brooke has also completed extra training in Pilates and Hydrotherapy. She also completed her training as a GLA:D Physiotherapist in 2018. Brooke is passionate about using a combination of hands-on techniques, exercise and education to achieve client outcomes. 


Brooke has a special interest in neck/back pain as well as sports injuries, women's health, and injury prevention. Her interest in women’s health has increased since becoming a mother in 2019.

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