Performance enhancement refers to improving the way you are currently performing mentally. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing something wrong; rather, it shows that you want to know more about how to do things correctly. This effort lowers the chance of injuries while also improving performance skills.
Performance Enhancement Improves:
The road to reaching your full performance potential should begin with a physical therapy evaluation. This will be the first initial encounter with a physical therapist. Your physical therapist will gather all the information during the examination to treat you properly. This evaluation will become a part of your medical records and notes for future visits. These records will help other therapists, physicians, and the patient’s healthcare insurance company may reference them in the future.
Injury Assessment, Treatment, Education, & Prevention
Unfortunately, injuries are very common when participating in sports. However, physical therapy is available to assist you to help with treatment after sustaining an injury, as well as educate you on how to prevent future injuries. Our physical therapists are highly educated and are known to positively impact an individual’s health-related quality of life.
Sports Medicine Physical Therapist Treat Injuries Such As:
- Stress fractures
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
How To Reduce the Risk of Injuries:
- Take time off
- Wear the right gear
- Strengthen your muscles
- Increase flexibility
- Play safe
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You don’t have to wait until you get hurt to see a physical therapist. They work with individuals in a variety of settings such as schools, education and research centers, outpatient clinics, private practices, hospitals, work settings, fitness facilities, and nursing homes. Seeing a physical therapist can assist you in preventing an injury before it occurs. The first step in preventing an injury is learning the proper exercises from a physical therapist to execute.
Our physical therapists can design a specialized program tailored to the athlete that integrates physical therapy and sports medicine and focuses on enhancing techniques to prevent injuries as well as improve performance. They will go through the progression that moves through range of motion, flexibility, muscle contractility, strength, endurance, power, speed, eligibility, and finally the unplanned movement patterns that can occur in sports. As a result, the physical therapist will make sure the athlete has built the appropriate foundation to play sports again safely.
Goals of Physical Therapy for Athletes:
- stabilize joint mobility and range of motion
- rebuild muscle strength and endurance
- restore coordination, speed, and agility
- aid in the healing process and reduce swelling
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Schedule an appointment at one of our eight clinics, with one of our physical therapists, to get assistance with enhancing techniques on ways to avoid injuries. Let us help you reach your full potential to ensure you are ready to play safe this sports season!