Sports therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on preparing athletes for maximum performance both during training and on their respective fields as well as treating athletes who have become injured. It is a type of sports medicine that helps people recover from sprains, tears, and broken bones and also helps condition the body to perform better and prevent future injuries.
The Benefits of Sports Therapy
Sports therapy is not only beneficial for athletes, but for anyone performing regular physical activity. Perhaps you are training for a marathon or are involved in a sport that requires intense cardio. Sports therapy can help you improve your cardiovascular capacity in order to keep your momentum and endurance up throughout the event. Are certain injuries common with the sport you are involved in? Your sports therapist will integrate an individualized injury prevention plan in order to keep you strong and healthy.
If you have sustained an injury, physical therapy will become an important part of your recovery. It can help prevent the build-up of scar tissue that has formed after an injury or surgery, which can cause pain and tightness. Stretching and other techniques are used in the prevention of scar tissue build-up to help ensure that it does not interfere with rehabilitation.
Physical therapy can also help address underlying issues associated with injury or chronic pain. Your physical therapist can help you make corrections to fix faulty movement patterns and relieve the pain you are experiencing.
Common injuries for which athletes seek therapy services may include:
Fractures and breaks
Torn ligaments and tendons
Repetitive sports injuries
Many athletes seek therapy due to fractured and/or broken bones caused by falls or collisions in their respective sports. While the injury is typically treated in the hospital, sports therapy may be deemed necessary if the injured party is required to wear a cast or crutches for an extended period of time. Sports therapy can help strengthen the weakened muscles.
Torn and snapped ligaments and tendons can occur as a result of sudden, sharp movements, which often occur in sports and exercise. Repetitive motion is another common culprit of sports injuries, such as tennis elbow, in which joints become stressed from overuse.
At Peak Physical Therapy, some of our treatment techniques include strength and conditioning, power training, joint mobilizations, aquatic therapy, agility exercises, and more.
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