When an athlete becomes injured, he or she may require a period of rehabilitation before competing again.
The objective is for the athlete to recover as quickly and safely as possible with the best outcome. Sports physical therapists specialize in applying proper exercises and therapeutic modalities to achieve the athlete's goals. Many sports physical therapists have additional certification and training in working with athletes.
A Sports Physical Therapist will be working with the following goals in mind.
It’s important that an athlete is trained in a manner that simulates his or her sport towards the end of therapy. For example, a football player with a torn ACL requires a much different recovery plan compared to a baseball player with a torn rotator cuff.
Applied knowledge of sport-specific rehabilitation and exercises enables sports PTs to help their clients achieve a level of physical ability that will allow both a safe and optimal return to competition.