Why seeking out a good rehab & performance professional can be your secret weapon!
I often have conversations with athletes about the importance of working with a professional for things like rehabilitation, strength & conditioning, recovery, and even just routine maintenance. Sure, I am biased because that's what I do and I see the value in it.
But beyond my personal biases, there are is tremendous value in undergoing a good orthopedic evaluation, a good review of all systems, an a solid movement screening to identify potential weaknesses or find the root cause of an injury. There is also tremendous value in having a strength & conditioning program that is created for YOU, based on your sport and your individual needs, and then having that program monitored and refined on a regular basis based on your performance and the state of your system on any given day.
Doing it all on your own...
Self-treating an injury only gets you so far. Sure, I hear it all the time from athletes who say 'Yeah, I didn't need any PT or rehab, I just iced, rested, and then got back to it and I made a full recovery.' Then you evaluate them and see the underlying weaknesses and compensations which they are relying on to get them through. They don't always realize the residual mobility & stability limitations they have because their body has compensated for it, until they get into a situation in training or competition where the compensation can't function.
Best example of this that comes to mind would be a competition in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or MMA. Say athlete A had a past shoulder injury, has no pain and has been training but does have a loss of glenohumeral mobility which is compensated for by thoracic extension, ie their arm moves into external rotation and they extend their thoracic spine to make up for the slight loss of external rotation at end range. Now imagine athlete A finds themselves on their back with their opponents weight on top of them and their opponent gains arm control and puts them into an Americana. It is likely that their mobility deficit will be a significant factor in their inability to tolerate or get out of the position, because being on their back under the weight of their opponent will not allow their thoracic spine to extend, and the glenohumeral joint will be stressed to its maximum. At that point it is likely that athlete A will either tap out, or re-injure the shoulder, or both.
Oh, and if you're not sure what the Americana looks like -- her you go:
(and yes, it feels 100x worse than it looks!)
Curious on where to start? Well, in the scenario above, it is easy to see that we would start with an evaluation that will expose these limitations in mobility or stability that may not be evident to the athlete. Then we can create a rehab-based program to correct them, and then look at the athlete's strength & conditioning program and see what we need to add or revise.
Contact Athletes Physiotherapy and setup a free 15 minute phone all to discuss what your needs are and answer any questions you may have.
Not sure how to choose a PT clinic, check out this article which nicely reviews what to look for and what to avoid.
~ K. Bosch
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, 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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