Sports Rehabilitation is the process of deciding when an injured player may safely return to practice or competition. Injuries can occur in any sporting activity, and sports injury rehabilitation is a very important part of the athletes sport life. All athletes over time, professional or not, are prone to injuries due to the excessive wear and tear associated with the demands of competitive sport. The right exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, empowering them to resume athletic activities.
The main goal is to return an injured player to training or competition without putting the individual or others at undue risk of injury or re-injury. Physical therapists are the professional capable of using a safe, evidence based and educated approach to this challenge.
Physical Therapy – The Right Choice
A physical therapist is a healthcare professional with extensive training in the musculoskeletal system. The therapist can 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. The physical therapist can evaluate, identify, and plan a sport-specific injury rehabilitation program.
As part of the treatment process, a therapist will prescribe an exercise program 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. The physical therapist will help you to balance rest and exercise to recover the best way from whatever sports injury you have.
This sports rehabilitation process is criteria driven (not time driven). You must achieve certain levels of physical ability, criteria, before you can progress through the stages. You will be treated according to the various Phase of the injury process you are in at the time of coming to clinic and your rehabilitation process will begin there.