It’s coming home!

Jun 30, 2021

We’re now more than half way through the UEFA Euros and with so many dark horses rising, the question of who will be taking it home this year is on everyone’s lips. We’re hoping that England pulls through this year instead of just pulling muscles like last year!

Speaking of pulled muscles… for many of us passionate football fans, both pro or amateur, the beginning of the Euros was our ‘go ahead’ to put our skills to the test and get back on the pitch. However, after spending some time ‘off’ without playing any group or organised sport due to the restrictions, we may have become a little rusty! This is why we’re currently seeing a large amount of football related pains and injuries in our clinic at the moment. While we love the enthusiasm of our football fans… we also want to remind you to be careful and ensure you’re taking precaution not to become injured. However, should you unfortunately still suffer an injury – you know where to get the correct support to have you back on the mend and playing again in no time.

That is why we’re thrilled to announce that we have a new Physio in our clinic who has an extensive football injury background and is well equipped to deal with all of the injuries, aches and pains that are becoming increasingly common at the moment with the football season.

Luigi is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist, with a vast history of working with elite athletes and weekend warriors. In addition, he has a BSc in Sports Science from Brunel University. Luigi is competent in managing all musculoskeletal injuries, but his speciality is the management of lower limb injuries. Luigi also personally has a keen interest in football and has significant experience working with adult and paediatric athletes, both male and female, spanning from The English Football League Championship, The FA Women’s Championship to the National League. However, Luigi has a proven track record of treating any and all patients with excellent results. Luigi applies a holistic approach to each of his clients, ensuring they are educated on their injury implementing the most appropriate evidence-based treatment plan to achieve the patients set goals.

In our clinic we treat a mixture of sports people, ranging from both pro and amateur footballers, all the way to Great Britain athletes and even tennis stars! We have a set team of dedicated physios who, no matter what sport you may play, and however professional or amateur you may be – will get you on the road to recovery. As football is the main cause of injury we are seeing at the moment, here are 6 top tips to help you avoid football injuries this football season:

1). Strengthen your lower limbs

Away from the pitch, do some lower limb strengthening exercises such as calf raises, squats, lunges and deadlifts to ensure your major muscle groups are adequately prepared to cope with the demand of a football game.

2). Warm up

Taking just a few minutes to warm up properly before football will prepare your body for exercise and reduce your risk of injury. Do some dynamic stretching (stretching whilst moving such as leg swings and knees up) alongside some jogging to increase blood flow to your muscles. Add in some ball drills involving some changing direction and speed. Rememberyou must only do dynamic stretching as apposed to regular stretching which can lead to a decreased performance as mentioned in our previous blog post all about stretching.

3). Cool down

Spending a bit of time after the game cooling down will also help to reduce your risk of injury. Spend around 10 minutes doing some low-intensity cardiovascular exercise and stretch all your lower limbs thoroughly.

4). Wear the right gear

Protect your body by wearing the right type of clothing. It’s worth getting fitted with some good boots and wearing shin guards too. If you’re training outdoors, protect your skin from the sun and use a sunscreen with SPF30 and a star rating of 5.

5). Eat a healthy diet

Staying hydrated and eating the right foods will help to fuel your body during exercise and to recover afterwards. Take a look at our sports nutrition plan to find out more.

6). Get enough rest

Be sure to get plenty of rest in between training and matches and give your body the time it needs to repair. If you’re feeling any pain or are unsure if you’ve hurt yourself, listen to your body and take a bit of time out to recuperate. Better to miss one match than to end up injured and on the bench for the rest of the season.

If you believe you may be suffering from a football related injury or any kind of pain/condition, why not book a FREE 15-minute discovery visit with Luigi?

In this complimentary visit you will have a chance to speak to Luigi 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, callus 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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