Here’s a small example of what Physical Therapy has to offer for sports injuries

Injury prevention

Running/Hiking:

Hip and core stability are essential for injury prevention. Evidence has shown that gluteal weakness is one of the primary underlying causes for many overuse injuries.

Balance: poor single leg balance is one of the leading evidence based risk factors to injury.

How to appropriately ramp up mileage.

Evaluation of shoe wear – what is appropriate for your foot? For your distance?

Golf:

Adequate hip and trunk rotation is vital for prevention of low back pain and will improve your swing.

 Poor flexibility is a key risk factor for injury. Learn stretching/warm up for golf.

Racquet sports:

Rotator cuff strength and scapular stability will reduce risk of rotator cuff impingement and tears.

 Stretches/strengthening to prevent tennis elbow.

 Appropriate warm up and stretches to avoid muscle strain

Swimming:

Shoulder injuries are the most common injury in swimming.

Joint laxity may lead to chronic rotator cuff issues.

Overuse injuries are preventable with proper training.

Baseball/softball:

Like racquet sports, you need good rotator cuff and scapular strength to prevent cuff tears and chronic tendonitis.

 Thoracic rotation is important to get power without overusing your shoulders.

 Dynamic hamstring stretching and agility training to allow sprinting without injury.

 Gymnastics:

Core strength and thoracic mobility is critical to prevent lumbar strain and hyperextension injuries.

Hip and glut strengthening for protection for knee and ankle injuries.

Martial Arts:

Hip strength and flexibility for power during kicking.

Single limb balance and intrinsic foot strength.

Good postural awareness and core strength.