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How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Sports Performance

How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Sports Performance

If you play sports, it’s likely you’ll suffer an injury at some point. These may be acute incidents, like an ankle sprain, or due to overuse, like tendinitis. Physical therapy can help you reduce pain after injury and return to the game quickly, but its benefits to sports performance don’t end there. Physical therapy can improve mobility and prevent injuries from happening in the first place. 

Physical therapy treats disease, injury, or dysfunction with physical methods like massage, heat treatment, and exercise. Physical therapy favors functional improvement over medication to treat pain and discomfort. 

Here’s how the team at Active Rehab Clinics can help you be your best in practice and during games.

Rehabilitate from injury

Physical therapy is a natural step if you’ve suffered an injury or undergone surgery. Sports injuries range from the immediate ones caused by falls or tackles to the chronic ones caused by repetitive movement. 

Our physical therapists create a treatment plan to help you restore function after your injury. The plan also focuses on weak points to improve overall performance and help prevent future incidents. 

Increase mobility

Even if you’re healthy, mobility issues in your joints can negatively impact all aspects of play and increase the chance of future injury. Mobility issues often affect the shoulder, back, neck, ankles, and hips. 

Dedicated physical therapy works on proper form so you’re a more fluid athlete overall.

Enhance flexibility

We here at Active Rehab Clinics assess your flexibility and help mobilize it to improve performance and reduce your risk of injury. Inadequate warmups, a lack of stretching, and repetitive movement patterns cause inflexibility. 

We provide you with the flexibility training that’s an essential part of your body’s maintenance and ability to do your best in every game.

Eliminate pain

Even after you’ve recovered from an injury, pain can persist. Your physical therapist can help you learn how to manage pain, know when to work through it, and know when to give your body a break. Understanding your personal pain threshold is an essential part of your ability to play long-term. 

Increase strength

Most people have muscle imbalances that put them at risk for injuries. Our physical therapists can find these weak points and help you increase strength in just the right places so you avoid injury. 

Your muscles work together to provide the force needed to run, swing a bat, or throw a ball. If you have muscles in the chain that are weaker than others, your body compensates and eventually experiences injury. 

Prevent injury

A lot of sports injuries, especially chronic injuries, result from repeatedly moving in an inefficient manner. You may succeed in your sport using inefficient movements for a while, but over time, you create irritation and inflammation. The result is pain and diminished performance.

Physical therapy helps optimize movement in your joints, nerves, and spine so your body works efficiently. This makes every movement on the field, track, pitch, or court more precise and effective. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete on a club team, at a college, or part of a professional organization. You need and deserve help when it comes to taking care of your body. Contact Active Rehab Clinics at our offices in Park Ridge and Bucktown, Chicago, Illinois to learn how our experienced team can help you perform at your best.

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