Physical Therapy for...Performance?
There is a significant misconception out there right now that physical therapy is just for when you get injured.
Honestly, it’s because the field has sadly become very reactive. It has settled into just work things after they have happened.
But that is NOT good enough. And it's time for a change.
As physical therapists, we have the knowledge to help athletes optimize their bodies! To help them move better, take steps to reduce the risk of sport injuries, and (yes when needed) to recover from injury. Movement is the base for all sport performance. If you build an athlete from these foundations up, you can make significant improvements in their performance. Top that off with less potential time off dealing with injuries and - #crushedit!
So, how can we do this?
1| Movement screening. This takes a look at foundational movements and movement patterns to ensure that you are moving optimally before you add load. Adding load to a dysfunctional movement pattern is something that puts you at increased risk for injury or pain.
2| Maintenance sessions. If you are someone who is consistently active (competitive sports players, climbers, runners, multi-sport athletes, avid gym-goers/Crossfitters) it can be difficult to be consistent enough in your self-care routine to keep your body functioning optimally. If the balance between the load you put on your body is consistently greater than your recovery, you are, again, at risk of injury or developing pain. That’s where these “tune-up” sessions come in! If you are doing something consistently every day, I recommend coming in every 2 weeks or so. If you are more a weekend warrior, then once a month is usually plenty to keep you going strong.
3| Capacity screening. This tests to see if you have the postural stability, control and power development to perform at your best. If there are imbalances or deficits, those can be improved with specific exercises. We will work out a plan to add them into your current training plan so you can take your performance to the next level.
4| Performance programming. This is where this specialized hybrid-PT role really comes into play. These programs are tailored to you as an individual athlete - taking into consideration everything from your movement competency, your capacity, your injury history, your sport, and your goals. All this combined to give you your best shot for success!
So, if you are serious about taking your performance to the next level or in keeping yourself active for as long as possible, it’s time to look into utilizing performance physio.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out!