Who hasn’t seen a Sportsperson on TV being taken off the field with an injury? It can be quite frustrating, and at times, debilitating for any person taking part in any form of sports, whether recreational or professional, to get back to field after sustaining a sports related injury.
Sports Rehabilitation encompasses all the three facets –
- Emphasis on injury prevention by employing adequate and appropriate techniques – Sports Fitness or Sports Specific Training;
- Physical and functional recovery from the sports injury;
- Reconditioning of body, identification of and management of any limitations, and judicious follow-up while the patient returns to the sports activity.
Sports fitness or sports specific training is a domain of sports rehabilitation incorporating core exercises in various formats, agility drills, medicine balls, resistance bands and balance and proprioception exercises, neuro-muscular training which specifically mimic certain sports specific tasks (e.g. throwing, punching, serving, etc.). The objective of fitness regime adopted now isn’t just raw power or speed – it is the transfer of that exercise to improved performance and yield results on the field; idea here is that instead of simply performing a squat with more weights or becoming a faster sprinter, the athlete will train in and master the specific activity of their sport during their gym workout, while simultaneously working with a physical therapist to fix any imbalances or weak points that they might have developed over time.
Sports-specific training also means perfecting the motor patterns and actual technical skill required on the field, which might mean working with a coach and a physical therapist to perfect one’s body mechanics during a golf swing or a serve in tennis for example. It’s not about just going through the motions, but rather performing those motions correctly to plug any biomechanical “force leaks” or prevent future injuries.
Participating in sports can often lead to severe trauma or chronic, long-term pain caused by stress on the joints. Either way, the injuries can result in lasting damage. Repetitive movement injuries (e.g. – hitting a tennis ball, swinging a golf club); stretched or torn ligaments and tendonsin the groin, shoulders, ankles, and knees – which might or might not be repaired surgically, back strain; and post-surgical rehabilitation are the four key areas where a Physical therapy is essential for appropriate, adequate and a faster recovery and return to sporting activity and a normal life. If casts or braces are used for an extended period of time, the limb is immobilized which can cause dramatic muscle loss, also some patients develop Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – Therapy can be effectively used to help the athlete regain their strength much faster and in a way that increases range of motion and improves flexibility.
At Physio Active, we have facilities like Alter – G (Anti-gravity treadmill), Wireless – Pro Functional muscle stimulation machine, latest Shockwave therapy, Dry- Needling and Kinesio-Taping specialists for comprehensive Sports Rehabilitation. Our consultants effectively evaluate and supervise sports fitnessregimens specific to the sports, and are well experienced and equipped to manage all kinds of sports injuries and rehabilitationprograms specific to them. Furthermore, we instill in our patients the need to train correctly for each kind of sports so as to bring out the best of performances without sustaining any injuries; the motto being “perfect practice makes you perfect.”
By – Dr. Prabhleen Khurana (P.T.)