Tracy is a senior physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal and sports injuries within a private hospital in Aberdeen. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and also a pilates course tutor for the APPI.
She previously worked with high level athletes for Scottish Hockey and within rugby, rowing, and triathlon. Tracy blogs about pilates, fitness and rehab on her website and creates videos for YouTube.
Outside of work she is a competitive ice skater, runner and can be found anywhere outdoors with her pug!
Articles by Tracy Ward
in Diagnose & Treat, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries
Tracy Ward examines the principles of standard hamstring rehabilitation, expands them to differentiate by anatomical location within the muscle group, and shows how this translates into more specific rehabilitation protocols. Hamstring injuries are the most common soft tissue injuries seen in team field sports and track. The very high rate of re-injury (as high as... MORE
in Improve, Sports psychology, Tools and technology
How soon can an athlete return to sport? Tracy Ward looks at the best-practice research and comes up with three guidelines for clinicians. Returning an athlete to sport following an injury requires clinicians to be part of a decision-making team. While they must ensure adequate rehabilitation, they must also weigh the negative consequences of keeping... MORE
Sports injuries continue to remain high and frequent across many sports and directly affect an athlete’s performance. Tracy Ward looks at the latest findings on injury prevention strategies and offers suggestions for implementation. Sports injuries impact an athlete’s performance, cause a reduction in participation time, affect team performance, impose a financial burden to both them and... MORE
in Diagnose & Treat, Prevent
Tracy Ward looks at what the science says on preparing the injured athlete for a full return to sport. The goal of rehabilitation following a sports injury is to bridge the gap from an injured state to full sports readiness. This requires extensive planning to ensure loading produces the appropriate tissue adaptation to withstand the imminent... MORE
in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries
Tracy Ward explores ice-skating injuries, which are common in athletes with rigorous training schedules. Which injuries are most common, and how can they be prevented? Figure skating injury rates have increased in recent years. This is perhaps not surprising; a sport that demands athletic, technical, and artistic excellence will inevitably place new challenges upon elite... MORE
in Prevent, Shoulder injuries, Strength
Tracy Ward explores the subject of shoulder instability; what preventative measures can athletes take to prevent its occurrence or worsening? Shoulder instability is the abnormal movement of the shoulder joint beyond normal physiological ranges, which can result in subluxation (partial displacement) or dislocation (full displacement) of the humeral head in the glenoid cavity (shoulder joint... MORE
in Anatomy, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries
Tracy Ward discusses pelvic floor dysfunction in athletes, outlines the implications for rehabilitation, and raises awareness with a view toward prevention. The impact of female pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a hot topic in women’s health but rarely discussed within the context of sport. This oft-ignored problem affects both men and women and impacts an... MORE
in Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries
When it comes to sporting injuries, the hip and groin area is one of the most complex regions, presenting a huge diagnostic challenge to clinicians. Tracy Ward dissects this fascinating structure into hip joint, adductor, and abdominal pathologies, and provides suggestions to diagnose and treat. The hip is a major weight-bearing joint, which transfers the... MORE
Although exercise is strongly encouraged throughout a normal pregnancy, high intensity training may pose risk to both mother and baby. With this in mind, Tracy Ward examines the current guidelines, and provides exercise suggestions for pregnant athletes seeking a rapid return to sport. Current guidelines on exercise strongly support continued physical activity throughout pregnancy. However, there... MORE
in Agility, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Sports psychology
Tracy Ward explores the basics of psychological readiness to return to sport, and identify some useful tools for clinicians with athletes in their care Following injury, athletes will experience different emotions, and their psychological responses will change as they progress through their rehabilitation. But when is an athlete psychologically ready to return to sport? This is... MORE