Go England!

Jul 7, 2021

If you enjoy either playing football or watching football, you’ll know there are many different types of injuries yourself or a player can sustain along the way… some worse than others. In this year’s Euros we have seen a lot of players suffer with their fair share of injuries which has no doubt affected certain games and possibly who will end up in the final this coming Sunday.

Due to it being football season were seeing a lot of patients suffering from football related injuries, similar to that of the ones we are also seeing professional players go through. This is because at ALO we are proud to be the leading TECAR centre in London, and many of our patients depend upon TECAR therapy. We see great success treating injuries such as quad tears, hamstring tears and ankle injuries with TECAR therapy, and given the nature of football – most injuries fit these criteria of lower limb.

Sadly, there have been many pro-players in the Euros this year that have injured themselves to the point of not being able to play again! A particular sadness for us when our very own Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool right back sustained a quad tear after a friendly against Austria in the beginning of June and has been out for the duration of the tournament. We’re hoping for an injury-free game for England tonight that takes us through the upcoming final!

Here is a list of the most common injuries you can expect to see or have already seen during the Euros so far.


Players, especially tricky attacking ones, will twist and turn and move themselves around to bamboozle opposition defences. This trickery can result in an ankle being sprained, not least because the moves happen at such a pace that the legs cannot always keep up with what the head is asking them to do. A ‘sprained ankle’ typically tends to mean soft tissue damage, mainly of the ligaments, around the ankle itself.

Knee Cartilage Tear

This injury is not as common as you might think, typically accounting for around 12% of top-level injuries. It perhaps just feels like it happens quite often because it can be quite serious and can reduce a player’s playing time. The knee has two menisci within it that are made up of strong fibrocartilage. If the knee bends or twists incorrectly whilst bearing the weight of the upper body this cartilage can tear, especially if it gets caught between the thigh and shin bones. A seriously knee injury can end a player’s career. Joe Gomez, Liverpool centre back has been out since November with a tendon injury to his left knee.


Footballers ask their bodies to do a lot in general, but they ask a huge amount of their groins. The groin region tends to lead the movement of a player, with hips twisting and turn and legs running. Kicking, sprinting, and stretching are all activities that put pressure on the pelvic region. If a player gets a hernia, then they might be able to carry on playing to begin with, but the injury will start to take its toll until they can no longer function properly. Many of our patients who we treat for football related injuries, will continue to see us after their treatment. This is because we offer Clinic Pilates, which is great for core strengthening and aiding in injury prevention. An essential for any sports person who knows that an injury can be a huge set back when you’ve got upcoming tournaments and may mean missing out altogether.


This is the injury that we frequently see in our clinic and that most people associate with footballers because it has gained notoriety in recent years. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is found deep in the knee and is the ligament that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone. It is there to stop the shin from moving too far past the thigh and to limit the knee’s ability to rotate too much. An over-extension of the knee, perhaps when landing on it from a jump, can cause damage to the ACL.

If you believe you may be suffering from a football related injury and could benefit from TECAR Therapy or Clinical Pilates, why not book a FREE 15-minute discovery visit?

In this complimentary visit you will have a chance to speak to a physio about your needs/and or condition/concerns and he will let you know if physio is right for you.

To book an appointment or a discovery visit, call us on: 0207 636 8845


Since seeing Louise (following an Achilles rupture repair), I have:

- Made it back onto tennis / squash courts to (tentatively!) celebrate 1 year anniversary of my surgery 
- Ran my fastest 10k at 43.57! 
- Ran 5k in 21:30 (vs pre-surgery PB of 20:18) 
- I increased my single leg calf lift to 59 kg (vs ~18 kg initially a few months ago) 
- I had a final appt with my consultant, who discharged me while congratulating me on a wonderful recovery

All the above is to illustrate that I'm absolutely delighted with the progress I have made since last summer when I couldn't do anything and the outlook seemed bleak. I'll be forever grateful for Louise’s guidance and support as I've navigated the long road back from my injury, and I appreciate the continued advice to help me prepare for more dynamic activity. Louise has been really fantastic and I couldn't have asked for better care.

Recovering from a full Achilles rupture. Started my work with Nina in feb and my progress has only been positive and upwards and I am almost at full speed again. Nina put me back together again almost from scratch. She is the best physio I have ever worked with and will again. Very knowledgable and very hard working. Can’t recommend enough.


What a great find! My orthopaedic surgeon recommended them and I can't rate Luigi, Gloria and the team more highly. Excellent service and very effective treatment- recovering nicely!


I am 84 years old, and have always been fit and healthy and exercised regularly. 3 years ago I underwent emergency surgery for peritonitis, and had a colonoscopy bag for 6 months and straight after surgery to reversal of the stoma. After this surgery I felt my legs very weak. To complete my drama, during the last summer I developed an abdominal hernia and had surgery for hernia repair. This made me even weaker specially at my legs. I have recovered but felt weak. I started my sessions at ALO Physiotherapy at the beginning of January, with the Vibra Machine combined with specific exercises. I have now recovered my body strength, particularly in the legs. I am now walking normally and without pain. I am delighted!


Great clinic with great people! I was so lucky to find this clinic and even more when I met Andre. He's a very talented therapist and a wonderful person who makes you feel comfortable every time. He helped me to resolve my back problems in few appointments and I will be always grateful to him! From my experience is the best clinic in London and I highly recommend them without any doubts!


One of the best physiotherapy centres in the world! The professionalism and knowledge of this centre amazed me.


I am so glad I found this clinic. Luigi has been amazing. After my 1st session I felt an improvement and now have ALOT more movement and significant reduction in pain. I couldn’t recommend this clinic & Luigi enough. So helpful and flexible whenever I have needed to amend appointments. Every one is fantastic. I will continue to come here for as long as I need.


Andre is the best physiotherapist I came across. As a dedicated martial arts practitioner, I regularly use his services. He has always managed to fix my various back and leg injuries. I would recommend Alo Physiotherapy to anyone who suffers from body pain.


Where do I begin? The journey has been too long with Andre Oliveira and ALO Clinic , as he helped me both physically and mentally to overcome an injury I had in both of my knees. A small injury , after following wrong treatment became chronic and I found myself unable to walk/stand/run and do the simplest things- the mental impact was worse. I was introduced to Andre by Eleftherios Pavlidis who runs Laertion in Athens. lefteris with his team were the first to accommodate the problem and told me what I need to do. As a Londoner, I was introduced to Andre and ALO Clinic, and the rest is history. Since February 2017 when I had the first session with Andre and he identified the biomechanic nature of the problem, along with the use of Tecar the results were visible after one month. Since then, along with personal effort and strengthening I did always guided by Andre, I the problem is restored and the pain is gone. I highly recommend ALO Physiotherapy Clinic , and Andre Oliveira for anyone who suffers from sport injuries , amateurs or professional top athletes.


Very professional staff and friendly environment. I felt a lot better after very first session. Appointment are easily available. I would definitely recommend this place


The care I received from ALO Physiotherapy was outstanding from the first session to the last. Sessions with Louise were informative as well as practical, allowing me to understand the context/logic behind treatment as well as tips to prevent future injuries. Louise was always readily available to answer my questions and the treatment process was collaborative rather than being prescriptive. Beyond the expertise of the team the quality of the equipment and facilities was incredibly high and aided my recovery significantly. I would recommend ALO Physiotherapy to anyone who requires physiotherapy treatment in the Marylebone area.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

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