Sports medicine involves a comprehensive team of health care professionals trained in a variety of backgrounds to include physicians, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. Sports physical therapy emphasizes the prevention, identification, assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and disability associated with injuries sustained in athletic activities and problems that affect sport performance. The goal of treatment is to maximize participation and performance.
A physical therapist may use a variety of interventions to prevent and treat sports related injuries, which include but are not limited to: pre-participation screening, cardiovascular, resistance, endurance and neuromuscular re-education exercise programs, taping and bracing, sports specific ergonomic and training regimens, and orthopedic manual therapy. In addition to prevention and recovery, intervention to maximum performance includes a focus on improving speed, agility, explosiveness, balance and coordination.
Who Will Benefit?
Although football and basketball athletes immediately come to mind and are frequently seen, many other types of athletes also benefit tremendously. Some of these athletes that are less commonly thought of include golfers, tennis players, bikers and performing artists (music and dance), and soccer. In fact, whether it is gardening, running or golf, we can help you get to the top of your game!
Where to Go?
At Physical Therapy Specialists we offer programs to people of all ages and fitness levels. From pre-participation screening, individualized one-on-one training or rehabilitation, or performing a biomechanical analysis of your athletic activity, we can meet the needs of any individual or group trying to improve their fitness level or athletic performance.