Physical therapy can provide many benefits. Athletes, performers, weekend warriors, and people who work in physically demanding jobs, as well as older individuals, can all benefit from the expertise of a physical therapist.
In this blog we are focusing on 3 ways physical therapist help active people to stay that way.
1. Injury Treatment
Active people can get hurt. Physical therapists have the knowledge and skills to help people recover from injuries faster. In addition to helping them to recover, physical therapists will look for the root cause of the injury and address that as well, to help keep the injury from coming back. If the injury is severe or requires surgery, a physical therapist will guide the recovery and make sure the person gets back to their activity. But in some cases, a physical therapist can help an injured person avoid surgery in the first place.
2. Injury Prevention
Surgery isn’t the only thing physical therapists can help people avoid. A physical therapist can also help with injury prevention too. A thorough assessment of an athlete’s strength, mobility, balance, and coordination helps to identify issues that could lead to injury. A PT can then design a program to improve the problem areas before they lead to injury. A PT can also assess an existing training plan and help to identify areas that may lead to sprains, strains, or overtraining.
3. Improve Performance
In addition to helping people improve areas in which they are weak, therapists can help people get better in areas of strength. A physical therapist can create a program to improve strength, flexibility, coordination, agility or speed. Physical therapists are movement experts. They can break down the requirements of a specific physical task like lifting or throwing, then design a training program that will help people meet those demands.
Physical Therapy is more than just a way to get back on your feet after an injury - it can also help you stay at the top of your game. Whether you're an athlete, a dancer, or someone who wants to stay in shape, physical therapy can help you reach your performance goals. With the right exercises and treatments, physical therapists can help you improve strength, flexibility, and endurance so that you can perform at your best and lower your risk of injury.
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- Research (peer-reviewed)
- What we currently do for sports - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31077961/
- Sports injury prevention - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35421834/
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