How Can Athletes Physiotherapy Help You Optimize Your MMA Training?
Here is a practical approach for athletes in Las Vegas to optimize your training on a budget:
In talking with athletes and potential clients around Las Vegas and Henderson, I often come across the same few objections or concerns. There tends to be:
1) Concern about cost,
2) Concern about not having enough time, and
3) Lack of understand of what it is we actually do as a Performance Coach & Physical Therapist.
So, here's a quick explanation to help put these concerns to rest:
1.) The Money: Let's just go ahead and hit it head on! The biggest perceived barrier is cost. Many of the people I talk to initially feel that they do not have the money or resources that working with a Physical Therapist or Performance Coach would require. The kicker for me is that most have made this assumption without ever having seen or discussed what the numbers actually are!
Certainly everything is a business and of course there will be cost, unless there is a sponsorship arrangement that has been made, but we have worked to make our services affordable both in cost and implementation. There two ways to view cost: there is the direct cost of the services that you are seeking out to make sure you are in peak form for your fight, and there is the opportunity cost which goes along with winning (or losing) the event you're preparing for, or in not being able to even participate in the fight due to injury -- something that is becoming all too familiar in the UFC these days. To minimize cost to the athlete, we offer individual sessions in 1/2 Hour or Full Hour time slots, as well as small group training (limited to 2-4 athletes per group), as well as package rates.
2. The Time: The second most common concern among athletes I talk to is having the time to work with a Physical Therapist or Performance Coach. If they are an amateur or just working up the ranks, then they usually are working a full time job, or working as a trainer so they can also train in the gym without cost, they may have a family, and they may already be working out and taking skill development training (jiu jitsu, boxing, muay thai, judo, grappling, etc) a few days a week, and they are not sure how to fit more training days or rehab sessions into the mix.
This is totally understandable. Most often it's not a matter of adding more, it's a matter of focusing and restructuring the training sessions already in the schedule to achieve specific time-based goals.
Many fighters are already working out regularly in the weight room as well as in their MMA and skills classes. Our goal is not to superimpose another training regimen on top of what you are already doing. Rather, the goal is to objectively evaluate and assess where the athlete stands with certain performance measures, and fill in the gaps to allow them to train smarter and optimize their training time to ensure they are in peak shape for their event. One of the first things we do is a needs assessment, and your current schedule and commitments are factored into the picture. Ultimately it depends on the athlete's goals, time line, and whether they're dealing with an active injury or not. If they are dealing with an injury, we have the ability to do short, effective hands on rehab treatments and adjust the training program to allow the athlete to keep training and working toward their goals. We then need to make sure that there are adequate strength & conditioning sessions in the schedule to get the desired training effect. If the athlete is training 5 or 6 days a week, with 2-3 days in the weight room and 2-4 days of skills work, it's an easy fix. If the athlete only has 1 day a week in the weight room and 1-2 days of skills work (which may be the case for the more recreational athlete or fighter), then some very specific goal setting and an adjusted training routine may be necessary.
3.) What Can A Physical Therapist Even Do To Help Me, Anyway? What we do at Athletes Physiotherapy is often the one question that athletes are afraid to ask, either because they feel like it should be self explanatory and they don't want to look silly by asking, or because they have a perception of what physical therapy traditionally is -- and it's not for them.
This practice is not a Big-Box, multiple patients at the same, hand you off to a Tech clinic. While there is the option for small group training, most of our rehab & performance training services are done on a one-on-one basis. That is, you work one-on-one with a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has extensive knowledge & experience in Sports Medicine and is seasoned in working with high caliber athletes and performers.
Our focus is simple:
A) Get you out of pain and deal with any injuries or restrictions that may be limiting your performance.
B) Create a simple, yet effective corrective program to address any limitations and asymmetries found during the Examination and Assessment process.
C) Create effective programming, grounded in the most current science, that will allow you to meet all of your performance goals and peak at the time of your fight or event.
Working with Athletes Physiotherapy gives you access to many skill sets under one roof. Your have access to injury rehabilitation, strength & conditioning, performance enhancement, and recovery/regeneration. You have access to modalities such as soft tissue mobilization, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, systemic dry needling, cupping, corrective exercise, weight training, endurance training, speed/agility/reaction training, Rocktape's Fascial Movement Taping, traditional athletic taping, Neurokinetic Therapy™, and access to some of the best nutritional supplements on the market.
If you are an athlete that is curious as to how Athletes Physiotherapy can help optimize your training, get you past a nagging injury, or get your ready for your next fight, then contact us today at (702) 907-5107, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.athletespt.com
Keep an eye on our website & FACEBOOK page, as we will be launching the Combat Athlete Section in the coming weeks. This section will have more information on services, workshops, and educational tools for combat athletes.
Here's to helping you perform at your best, and to helping you reach the podium or win the belt!
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
Sports Physical Therapy, Performance Enhancement, and Athlete Development for Las Vegas & Henderson, Nevada
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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