My name is Remmert Hinlopen, my family and I have lived in Chilliwack for almost 28 years. During our time here in Chilliwack I have been an active coach with Chilliwack FC and, like you, have spent many a wet, windy, cold night on the fields! I am also a Physiotherapist in the community and enjoy focusing on soccer related injuries and the prevention of.
I am happy to offer my knowledge and my services to Chilliwack FC regarding the education and prevention of injuries commonly sustained by our young players.
To serve Chilliwack FC I am partnering with Paul Nicholls of Club XO. Together we want to develop a program that effectively addresses the athletic development of our players. We will address such aspects as proper warm ups that focus on injury prevention as well as game preparation, speed, power and agility drills that contribute to building a top athlete. One of our roles will be to educate and support our club’s team coaches in implementing the right approach to all of these important aspects.
We will make ourselves available to players, coaches and parents to answer any concerns or questions you have in these areas. We will be establishing a link to the Chilliwack FC website called Your Physio Fix that will provide a direct link to myself or Paul so that we can provide you answers and guidance to the correct treatment and rehabilitation of our players should they sustain an injury. The goal being to get them back on the field as quickly as possible, but only when they are ready.
Paul and I would like to encourage an effective line of communication between players, coaches, parents and ourselves so that we can start to address injury issues immediately as the goal will always be to return the player to the field ready to compete again as the earliest possible time…..but only when they are ready!
Wishing everyone a fun and healthy soccer season!
Remmert Hinlopen – B. P.T.
Paul Nicholls – CHC, FMSC.
As discussed at the SAQ meeting last week, the fit of your players footwear can go a long way to preventing injury. To achieve maximum support, particularly the ankles, their footwear should fit snug to their foot. The laces must be tied tightly. I see many players out there with very loose fitting footwear. This can contribute to injuries such as rolled ankles due to a lack of support in that area.
To achieve maximum traction make sure their sole has sufficient length studs for the surface they are playing on. When playing on turf fields extra long studs or blade types studs are NOT recommended. They can grip too well and result in knee injuries as the boot grips the turf too tightly when the player is changing direction quickly. Turf boots are recommended for turf fields as they have a short stud and a wider sole unit, particularly in the heel. This offers better stability.
Soccer shoes are renowned for not offering much in the way of arch support. For players with higher arches I fully recommend using Superfeet insoles (info link below) Simply replace the original shoe insole with these to provide important support in the arch.
Remmert Hinlopen, Physiotherapist.
Chilliwack FC – Physio Consultant
At our SAQ presentation recently we discussed Concussion awareness. I want to make you aware of two FREE Apps for your mobile devices that relate to Concussion testing. I outlined these briefly at the presentation. Either one of these apps is a must for all of you and can be really useful on the sidelines when dealing with suspected concussion situations.
Please check both out as they can be very helpful for you to feel comfortable dealing with concussions.
Make sure to give yourself time to become familiar with signs of concussion and the questions to ask. Just recently a CFC player visited my clinic with significant concussion symptoms caused at a game. Apparently after suffering a collision injury on the field, the coach did not perform any form of a test and after a short break, the player re entered the game. This only made things worse. This should not happen anymore with the improved awareness and knowledge that these apps can provide for you on the sidelines during the game.
Please feel free to offer any feedback to me on this article.
Remmert Hinlopen, Physiotherapist.
Chilliwack FC – Physio Consultant.
For any questions on these topics you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org