Have you ever watched a circus entertainer and remark on their anatomy, flexibility and strength. With these athletes brings an unusual role of a sports physio to keep these athletes who may be super strong, hyper mobile or super athletic at their best and keep them injury free.

Like with a lot of things prevention is better then cure. Screening plays a big role with this line of work to develop programs where athletes can be cleared of injury but also have risk factors identified.

Circus injuries can be twisting turning injuries which can rupture ligaments or cause fractures with a mis timed leap or jump but commonly there are a huge amount of over use injuries die to the extreme and intense nature of the training.

A lot of circus performers are gymnasts and a lot have problems associated with that intense training like pars defects of the spine which require specific management and knowledge.

These jobs aren’t what you expect when you graduate from the school of physiotherapy but they sure are a varied and interesting part of the physiotherapy profession.

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  1. Kim OLeary
    Kim OLeary says:

    The circus performances like the high ropes and other gymnastic routines can mean supreme flexibility which can be benefited by flexible joints that can stretch beyond the usual range of other peoples joints. This can however cause problems in the future where the cartilage surfaces and in particular the labrum of the shoulder and the hip joint can be a source of pain. The key muscle groups to work on to prevent this from being hurt is the rotator cuff for the shoulder as well as the scapula stabilisers and the intrinsic gluteals for the hip joint. Contact your local Physio Pro for exercise advice and guidance.


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