Sports Injuries, 3DMAPS, & Sports Performance

Osteopath Nantwich


Our analysis of sports performance follows a unique blend of being authentic to a client’s chosen sport and an applied functional science methodology. The human body is a complicated system which does not only achieve performance through musculoskeletal (MSK) factors. In fact, the MSK system only follows the lead of other systems in the body such as the neurological and visual systems. It is for this reason that our methods on the analysis of sports performance are closely linked with coaches, sports vision specialists, sports doctors and sports psychologists.


Currently, we are suffering from a gap between effectively analysing a sportsperson for their chosen sport and determining the right training to help recover from or prevent injuries. As an example, footballers are still training on a quadriceps extension machine in one plane of motion. We know that when they are out on the pitch they turn, twist, jump, land, sprint and tackle. In these 'authentic movements’ the quadriceps function in a very different way.

At Back in Balance Osteopathy we are qualified in the use of 3DMAPS (Three Dimensional Movement Analysis & Performance System) and use a 3-step process of analysing and designing principles for training that are individual and unique to that client. One size does not fit all and so we do not have protocol exercises. Sporting individuals that we are able to help include those participating in football, rugby, golf, cycling, cricket, tennis, martial arts, running, power lifting, hockey, basketball, and many more.


3DMAPS offers an innovative, effective, and comprehensive approach to patient rehabilitation, leveraging movements that are authentic to everyday life by utilising all three planes of motion. It is a functional screening tool that address all 66 motions of the human body. With its unique outlook on functional movement it enables a sports performance analyst and the client to observe mobility and stability successes and dysfunctions throughout the entire body. We can then take a three-dimensional view of a client’s entire movement pattern and relate it to their particular sport, using slow motion cameras where necessary.

This information can be shared with coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and other therapists to create a unique, personalised programme for that individual to help either recover from injury, prevent future injury or take the next step of boosting performance. This system is unique and is currently taking root in some of the major NBA teams in the United States. The Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets have both implemented this system and seen great results.


We understand the biomechanics of human movement and therefore our therapy targets the specific areas of need that will assist in the most authentic, real-life and quick recovery of players back to the sport. We are not like any other osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor. Our approach is based on principles of movement, principles of real life and principles of the sport at hand. This section is required for any individual who is taking part in high intensity sport. It helps support the musculoskeletal system, drains the excess lymphatic fluid and assists in the slide and glide mechanisms of the musculature.


Back in Balance works with the trainers and coaches to design bespoke strength and conditioning training programmes based on the science of movement, the anatomy of the human body and the key areas that need to be kept healthy to prevent injury. This is our final section of rehabilitation, whereby an athlete can feel strong enough to return to sport and the coaches can drive them to ultimate performance. This circuit can easily be adapted to make functional and strength gains through strength and conditioning theories and applications.