Aidan Raftery on Shoulder Sprain Injury

Aidan Raftery is a Sports Therapist and Massage therapist based in Roscommon in the west of Ireland. He works with sports teams clubs as well as individual athletes and players. He is Registered with the Irish Massage Therapists Association and he is a volunteer with the Roscommon Civil Defence and undergoes regular training with Roscommon Civil Defence and updates skills regularly. 

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If you are a member of Irish life health insurance you will be able to claim a percentage of your money back. For full information about his clinic AR Sports Therapy Clinic, go onto the website www.arsportsinjuriesclinicireland.com you will find social media links on the website. If you have any further questions you can email arsportstherapyclinic@outlook.ie or call, text or WhatsApp 0894304496 Aidan does zoom, Skype and WhatsApp video consultations


This week’s injury that I am covering is a shoulder sprain injury and a case study involving Gerry a good friend of mine. A shoulder sprain usually occurs because of a bad or awkward fall or a hard shoulder to shoulder. A shoulder sprain is also common in Rugby, Gaelic Football and Hurling.

The result of the aforementioned is where the ligaments become overstretched or either partially or fully torn. Ligaments attach bone to bone and is a strong elastic tissue and are found at joint such as the shoulder and knees to name 2 joints.

I have been mates with Gerry since my days as 1st team Sports Therapist with Ballaghadereen FC and then with the Ireland Senior 6aside Football squad and now he has signed for Manor Utd 1st team this season. I am the 1st team Sports Therapist for the team.

However, in the course of a game, he suffered a shoulder sprain.

On Examining Gerry, asking questions and doing tests on the arm it was clear it was a shoulder sprain but due to the impact to the shoulder in the fall I wanted to rule in or out further damage to the shoulder I sent him to A&E and they x-rayed the shoulder and that confirmed my Diagnosis as being a shoulder sprain.

I recommended to Gerry to rest the arm for 7 to 14 days, no heavy lifting, compression, take pain relief and not to put pressure on the shoulder for that initial rest period.

Due to Covid 19, all the clubs’ fixtures were suspended until further notice so this means that Gerry Did not have to worry about missing matches due to the injury so this means he can fully focus on recovery. When he had rested for the 7 to 14 days

I then prescribed an exercise plan for the shoulder depending on the extent of the damage to the shoulder, it can take anything up to 8 weeks to recover from a shoulder sprain but if there is more damage is done it could be longer.

The next injury up from that is a dislocated shoulder but that is another injury that will be covered in a future blog post.


Should you have any further question on a shoulder sprain or strain feel or if you have an injury you would like me to cover in an upcoming blog or in an upcoming AR Sports Therapy Update Podcast feel free to contact me by calling or texting or WhatsApp message on 0894304496, email arsportstherapyclinic@outlook.ie, video call (let me know what app you use) or more information is available on the website www.arsportsinjuriesclinicireland.com.

You can find the weekly Podcast AR Sports Therapy Update on your Podcast player just search AR SPORTS THERAPY UPDATE. If you can’t find it then contact me and I will send you the links for the podcasts.

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