Filling In the Gaps -- How we can help you improve your game!
When talking with athletes or new clients, I often get a series of questions surrounding what exactly it is I do, and why do I feel that a Sports Physical Therapist is an integral part of training for an athlete?
Sure, I have my biases. But titles and professional affiliations aside, here are a few thoughts on the subject:
1. As the title suggests, we work to identify and then fill in 'The Gaps.' These 'gaps' can be things missing in your current strength & conditioning routine, deficits in mobility or stability which may be effect mechanics, impede your ability to get your body into proper position for an exercise or your particular sport, or decrease your ability to maximally generate force.
There may be residual issues from old injury that still limits the system, but are not deemed as 'problems' by the athlete because they are not painful or have not stopped them from training and competing.
'Gaps' can also exist in training loads & intensities, training cycles, nutrition, & recovery -- particularly in our younger athletes who are trying to do it on their own.
2. As a Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer I have the skills to effectively evaluate from both a medical and performance perspectives, and have the license to couple manual therapies and exercise to maximize your training time and improve recovery. Soft tissue quality, joint mobility, neuromuscular control, and how the various joints of the body impact one another are all important to address and maintain in order to maximize training, prevent injury, and recover quickly if an injury does occur. Recovery between training sessions or following competition is also important, and can be facilitated with proper planning and intervention.
3. 'It Takes a Village', as they say. Many athletes that start with us have been training on their own. In some cases coaches run their athletes through their version of what training is -- mostly running and sprint style conditioning. Often patients come to us after trying to self-manage their injury, or after a course of treatment that did not make much change. At some point there is a realization that something is missing, and another set of eyes is needed to get the outcome desired.
A team approach is generally most effective. One of our current goals is to work more with coaches, whether it is a Crossfit coach, a Boxing coach, a Jiujitsu or Wrestling coach, a Triathlon, Football, Tennis, or Gymnastics coach. The ability to give feedback and dialogue on what each person is seeing is extremely helpful on both sides. A coach often sees what skills are deficient, where the athlete is slow or not generating enough power, where their heavy on their feet or cheating their technique, etc. As a Physical Therapist, I am not your skills coach. I am not your technique coach. I am not going to change your golf swing, change your fight stance, or address your front crawl stroke. What I am going to do is put you through a evaluation & assessment process to find out where are the restrictions in mobility, where is stability lacking, and identify the energy leaks. Then, we are going to intervene to correct them. The physical therapist can also assist the coach with scaling load and giving parameters for return after injury that allows the coach to best tailor their practice sessions to get the most out of their time and efforts.
If you are an athlete or coach curious about how Athletes Physiotherapy can help you get out of pain, get over an injury, maximize your training, and improve your performance, then get in touch by calling 702-930-8155, email to email@example.com, or schedule your initial visit here: BOOK MY SESSION
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Thank you for stopping by the Athletes Physiotherapy Blog! Kristopher Bosch founded Athletes Physiotherapy in Las Vegas, NV. He is a Father, physical therapist, athletic trainer, pilates teacher, & perpetual student!
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