We understand that children and adolescents are not small adults, with bodies that are growing and not fully developed. We treat children as young as six at Progressive Physical Therapy.
Student athletes and their growing bodies require a different approach, whether it is injury prevention, sport conditioning and performance or rehabilitation as a result of overuse, injury, accident or surgical procedure. We take into account both lifestyle and the unique, developing musculoskeletal system and changing hormones to design customized treatment programs.
The old adage “No pain, no gain” may be a catchy phrase, but it is bad advice. Parents may want to start considering the wisdom of “Slow but sure.” In fact, a key factor in helping children and student athletes heal correctly is involvement and oversight by the parent. Younger children and eager adolescents don’t have the reasoning capabilities of an adult. It is, therefore, important for parents to monitor and take a pro-active stance in limiting activity during the rehabilitation process until clearance has been given to increase activity or return to sport. This will avoid re-injury, delayed rehabilitation, or potentially life-long problems.
The best offense is a good defense and we are here to help. While it is true that technological advances have improved sports equipment and reduced injury, there are still a lot of factors that can contribute to an injury, primarily of the soft tissue that account for a majority of the problems.
Evaluating a student athlete can help identify deficiency and prevent injury. These include:
- Training Program
- Muscle Flexibility
- Posture and Balance
- Strength, Speed, and Agility
While injury prevention is important, unfortunately, it isn’t full proof. Twisting and turning, stopping quickly, along with overuse can lead to strains, sprains, tears, and instability of the muscles, tendons and joints.
A comprehensive rehabilitation program, that is appropriate for a growing body with hormonal changes, will help reduce pain, restore movement and strength, and correct functional deficits
Whether your goal is prevention, sports performance, or sports injury rehabilitation we can develop age specific programs based on evidenced-based treatments that will get you back in the game or take it to a new level.