The right exercise and training program can avoid sports injuries

Injuries can occur in any sporting activity. Professional athletes in particular, are prone to injuries due to the excessive wear and tear associated with the demands of competitive sport. But so too are recreational and student athletes. The right exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, empowering them to resume athletic activities.

Every injury is different and every person heals differently

Sports injuries, by definition, include injuries involving the musculoskeletal system that includes: bones, tissues, muscles, and cartilage. Every injury is different and every person heals differently. The purpose of rehabilitation is to help the injured tissues recover in a controlled and supervised manner. Our highly skilled physical therapists at Progressive Physical Therapy have extensive experience in designing safe and effective recovery programs specifically geared towards an individual’s abilities and goals. By identifying the cause of the injury we can create a treatment plan to prevent future injuries.

Some of the most common sports injuries include sprains, strains, shin splints and knee, back, shoulder, hip, and elbow injuries.

Physical therapy is the right choice for rehabilitation

With extensive training in the musculoskeletal system, we work closely with athletes to assess muscle imbalance, range of motion and functional requirements of that particular sport. For example, a baseball pitcher may need a shoulder stabilization program and a basketball player may need a speed and plyometric (explosive strength) training program. With a comprehensive evaluation, we can identify the root of the problem, and plan a sport-specific injury prevention program.

As part of the treatment process, an exercise program will be designed consisting of stretching (to improve mobility) and exercises (to improve strength). The goal of physical therapy is to reduce pain and improve function as quickly as possible. Along with exercise, rest is an important part of the recovery process. We will help you to balance rest and exercise to recovery in an optimal manner.

Don’t wait for an injury 

An injury is the last thing anyone wants. Without proper rehabilitation, the damage can get worse. In fact, did you know that physical therapy helps not only with treatment, but also with prevention of athletic injuries? Also, it doesn’t matter if you play professional sports or are a weekend warrior. Working with a physical therapist requires time and patience, but it’s worth the effort. It’s a great way to come back to the sport you love and enjoy, while minimizing the chances of re-injury.

If you or someone you know is an athlete, consider working with a physical therapist. In fact, you don’t have to wait till you are injured, because a physical therapist can help an individual improve athletic performance and minimize injury. A preventive, proactive approach is important. After all, prevention is better than cure. Don’t wait till someone gets injured because there is a lot that a physical therapist can do to save you from an injury. Schedule an evaluation with us, because we can design the right program and get you great results. It doesn’t matter if you are a recreational athlete or participate in competitive sports, we can help you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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