By Ehren Allen, PT/Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
What is Sports Rehab?
Physical therapy for injuries related to sports is Sports Rehabilitation or Sports Rehab. For instance, an ankle sprain may occur while running to kick a ball during a soccer game. The injury may occur during a practice, game, or conditioning training.
Sports therapy may occur in a formal physical therapy setting or it may occur with an athletic trainer at a school or training room.
Sports Therapy is used to treat numerous types of issues including:
- Ankle sprains
- Knee sprains
- ACL tears
- Meniscus Tears
- Hip pointers
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder strains
- Rotator cuff tears
- Labrum tears
To learn more about the treatment of shin splints, please go to Shin Splints.
What does a Sport Therapist do?
A sports physical therapist or certified athletic trainer can evaluate and treat sports related injuries. They may set up a Plan of Care to progress an athlete back to the sports of choice. They may help to determine whether a referral to a physician or surgeon is necessary.
A Plan of Care may include the following treatment options:
- Strength training
- Endurance training
- Balance training
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Joint mobilization
- Electrical Stimulation
- Laser Therapy
- Alter G Treadmill (Anti-Gravity)
- Biodex Isokinetic Testing and Training
A Certified Athletic Trainer may be on the sideline at a game or practice to assess an injury immediately. The Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute is the sports medicine partner of professional, collegiate, and high School athletic departments in the Jacksonville area. JOI provides Certified Athletic Trainers at many sporting events in the Northeast Florida area.
JOI also provides physicians at many local sporting events in support of our Sports Medicine Partners.
Is there Sports Rehab for Running?
If you’re a runner, you’ve probably had an injury. Sports therapy is very helpful for treating running injuries. Even if you’re not injured, a Running Analysis may be helpful to assess technique and address issues with stride and posture. Exercises may be prescribed as the sports physical therapist or athletic trainer finds appropriate.
If there are foot position issues, then custom orthotics may be ordered. An example of an issue with foot position would be over pronation of the foot or ankle.
Can Sports Rehab help even if I am not Injured?
JOI offers biomechanical analysis services to help with sports performance. This is available even if there is no injury. A detailed technical analysis may help identify areas which may be improved with training to enhance performance.
Biomechanical Analysis is available for:
- Baseball throwing
The Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute offers expert insight and is the area’s most respected and experienced Sports Medicine and Sports Rehab Provider.
What can Sports Rehab do for Concussions?
A concussion is a mild brain injury which can occur with a blow to the head during a sporting activity. Common sports where concussions may occur include Football, Soccer, and Lacrosse, though they are possible with all sports.
At the time of the injury, an athletic trainer may assess immediately to determine whether they are safe to stay in game or practice. JOI performs baseline memory and problem solving tests on athletes before sport seasons for comparison if a concussion occurs. This helps to determine the severity or presence of a Concussion.
JOI has a Concussion Specialist of staff. Dr. Michael Yorio is an Internal Medicine Doctor with a specialty in Sports Medicine and Concussions. He is the Team Internist for the Jacksonville Jaguars and assesses and manages Concussion Injuries. If an athlete sustains a blow to the head, JOI athletic trainers can refer patients directly to Dr. Yorio for a thorough evaluation.
If there are balance issues or dizziness after a Concussion, then there may be a referral for physical therapy to treat the dizziness and balance issues.
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