Sports Physical Therapy in Fort Worth
Sports physical therapy is basically what it sounds like. It’s a branch of physical therapy that is specifically designed to help athletes get back into their game, whatever it may be.
For example, if an athlete comes to Trinity Rehab with a basketball injury, we are going to focus on getting them back onto the court by designing exercises and a rehab protocol that mimic a lot of the demands that the sport would put on that athlete. With either football or basketball players, we would work on jumping and strength whereas with gymnastics, we would tailor the exercises to focus on flexibility and balance.
Does Physical Therapy Really Help Sports Injuries?
Sports physical therapy definitely helps with treating and preventing sports injuries. After a thorough evaluation, we are able to assess where the deficits are for a particular athlete. An athlete that uses the lower back a lot might have a problem with the hamstrings that is causing their pain while a baseball player with a shoulder injury might be causing the pain by overusing a certain group of muscles.
Once the cause of the pain is determined, a physical therapist can educate the patient, letting them know where their deficits lie and what they can do to regain and maintain functionality in their sport.
Additional benefits of sports physical therapy include:
Improving Mobility and Motion
No matter what area is injured, sports physical therapy has a proven track record of helping athletes improve their game by allowing them to move freely without pain or discomfort.
Reducing Risk of Injury
Exercise is good for the body and your overall health, but it puts a lot of stress and strain on the body. With sports physical therapy, the athlete can learn techniques for reducing risk of injury and avoid a number of injuries that can occur in sports or even everyday life.
Improving Balance & Preventing Falls
Sports physical therapy can teach the athlete exercises that will strengthen the muscles around the knee, ankle, and hip as well as improve their vestibular system, which controls balance.
Following a plan developed by a physical therapist will help you reduce and manage your pain without resorting to invasive surgery. In many cases, a physical therapist can help you relieve and manage your pain without expensive prescriptions or procedures.
Physical therapy can help you avoid surgeries that are painful, invasive, and expensive in many situations. Our physical therapists can design a treatment plan that will keep you in the game instead of recovering in a bed.