Sports Specific Rehab
Sports Rehab is for the injured athlete looking to return to their maximal capacity of function. Our therapists’ knowledge of sports biomechanics and specificity of training, will allow our patient-athletes to return prepared for their sport.
The process of restoring an injured person to the level of physical fitness enjoyed before the injury. In the past, rehabilitation usually followed the treatment of an injury, but now treatment and rehabilitation tend to take place simultaneously. The aim of rehabilitation is to restore athletes to full fitness safely and in the shortest possible time so that they can train and compete at a standard as high as, or even higher than, before the injury. Speedy rehabilitation is particularly important to ageing athletes because the longer they are unable to train properly, the harder they must work to regain full, competitive fitness. It takes about twice as long for an athlete aged 60 to recover from an injury as someone aged 20.
A rehabilitation program should include all aspects of physical fitness, especially flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, muscle coordination, agility, and skill. In this respect, it is similar to a conditioning program. However, in every phase of rehabilitation recovery from injury must have prime consideration and additional stress to the injured area must be avoided. If an athlete returns to competition before complete rehabilitation, there is a high risk of recurrence of the injury or development of a new one.
An acronym for a simple and effective primary treatment for many sports-related musculoskeletal injuries:
- R = rest the injured part (this may require either absolute or relative rest, depending on the severity of the injury)
- I = apply ice (see ice treatment)
- C = apply compression
- E = elevate the injured extremity above the level of the heart to facilitate venous return
RICE is the cornerstone for treating many sports injuries. For soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, RICE should begin as soon as the injury occurs, or as soon as symptoms are felt. RICE helps reduce swelling, restricts bruising, and accelerates the healing process.