At Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Vigen used deep tissue manipulation, electrical stim, low level laser treatment and ultrasound. Home exercises were also prescribed to increase range of motion and flexibility along with quad and abdominal strengthening.
“Even though Abe came back, his injury wasn’t as severe as it could have been,” Vigen said. “I was very impressed with how his flexibility had increased, but he still has a way to go. Being around professional athletes, Abe has an appreciation for what they go through and is learning first hand the rigors involved with working at such a high level.”
As part of his rehab and conditioning program focus was put on his core and hip abductors. A warm up and cool down routine was designed to prevent further injury. This is often an overlooked step when exercising, but it helps maximize the workout and prevent injury, especially as people get older.
“Athletes whether they are professional, elite or recreational all have a few things in common,” she added. “They need to listen to their bodies, because overtraining can have negative consequences and can diminish any gains made. Flexibility is also important. Learning how to stretch properly along with warming up and cooling down are just as important as the actual activity or exercise. People often underestimate these crucial elements that can set someone up for failure.”