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Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

We could write a book on sports injuries but we will do our best to give an overview here of what we can do to help you.  You will find pages on some of the specific injuries and conditions that we treat.

Members of our team have worked at the highest levels of elite sport including the Olympic & Paralympic Games and for British Athletics. Our aim is to give everyone the very best of our elite level professional skills and our expertise getting you back to full health and fitness.​

Sport has become a way of life for many in the UK, with and our patients range from elite athletes to those who just want to keep fit. But what happens if and when you get an injury?

  • Participating in sports too often or too hard may result in an injury.

  • Failing to warm up properly beforehand, or warm down and stretch after exercise may also result in strains.

  • Using inappropriate equipment or wearing the wrong footwear may likewise, hinder your performance.

  • An unresolved injury, which might not even be related to sport, can make it difficult to even get started.


It is common to feel some minor discomfort after training, as the body takes a little time to recover and adapt to the demands of activities. Soreness often quickly resolves itself but occasionally, may persist for more than a few days or make it difficult for you to continue your normal activities or training. In these instances, you may want to seek advice from us.

Osteopathy First was established 23 years ago when Hannah Walder qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in London. Rob Hill qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine a few years later and joined Hannah at Osteopathy First. Since then, they have established the largest Osteopathic Clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with a focus on dealing with not only your presenting symptoms, but also the cause. They have both studied with the Physiotherapy department at the University of Hertfordshire in Functional Rehabilitation and Advanced Injury Prevention and Management. Hannah and Rob now lead a team of five Osteopaths, all extremely experienced and each with their own interests and specialism. You can visit us at either of our clinics, and be confident in the professionalism, honesty and integrity of everyone who is here to help you.

Osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient and so it varies depending on age, fitness levels and diagnosis but we use a wide range of hands-on techniques, focusing on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. These are used with exercise and rehabilitation instruction and advice, together on occasion and where appropriate, with strapping or taping, all of which are designed to relieve pain, help return to normal activity levels and maintain the best of health.


The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are active and have experience of following exercise routines may find they recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.

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