Berkeley, MO Sports Therapy
Physical activity something you value immensely. Whether it’s through playing ball with friends from work, practicing catch with your youngest child, going for a morning jog, competing for scholarships and recruitment, or are a professional athlete by trade, you love to move. When your body sustains an injury of any kind, it can be devastating as an athlete. It’s important for any kind of injury or surgery to seek a safe, complete recovery that prepares you to get back to the physical activities you love. Thus, you need the professional treatment and guidance of a sports therapist.
Axes Physical Therapy is commited to providing all of your sports therapy needs in Berkeley, MO. The team at Axes Physical Therapy comprises the area’s leading group of Berkeley, MO sports therapy professionals, from certified therapists to support staff. Our team of of physical therapists and athletic trainers are equipped to return you to the game. We work closely with each of our patients to build a treatment plan that helps you acheive your primary objective of returning to an physical lifestyle. With your active participation in your treatment and the guidance, education, and treatments of your sports therapist, sports therapy can return you to the active lifestyle you value. To begin your return to optimal strength, health, and recovery, schedule your first Berkeley, MO sports therapy appointment today or get more information about what we do by sending us a message or requesting an appointment now.
What is Sports Therapy?
Sports therapy is a specialized field within phsycial therapy built around the objective of preventing injuries, acheiving optimal athletic performance, and returning athletes back to health following an acute or chronic injury. A sports therapist helps athletes work back up to their peak performance level to return safely to their sport. Patients participating in Berkeley, MO a sports therapy program typically begin after experiencing an acute injury, after receiving surgery, or when suffering from overuse injuries that limit their ability to participate in activities or cause pain.
Sports therapy aims to optimize movement, improve athletic performance, and recover from injury, and does so by applying the studies of sport and exercise science. It is practiced and administered by physical therapists and certified strength and conditioning specialists who apply evidence-based therapeutic practices to treat athletes. These professionals have trained and worked extensively in treating athletes, both amateur and professional, and are authorities in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Sports therapy places a focus on rehabilitation, treatment, prevention, and education.
Receiving Berkeley, MO Sports Therapy
When you enter a Berkeley, MO sports therapy program, your certified sports therapist will:
- Take an extensive medical history and investigate your goals for recovery
- Assess and diagnose any injuries
- Discuss and consult with you and your physician to develop a personalized treatment plan
- Prescribe and implement an effective rehabilitation program
- Provide the necessary education in on-going strategies for pain reduction, injury prevention, chronic injury management, and performace optimization
- Administer appropriate hands-on mobilization therapies
- Make recommendations to help you maintain your ideal fitness level
- Refer you to additional medical specialists, when appropriate
Your sports therapy program will be personalized – singular to your own unique personal needs and goals as an athlete. Our highly-skilled sports therapists will work closely with you, assuming the roles of physical therapist, performance coach, advisor, and occasional drill sergeant. You and your therapist will work as a team to craft your sports therapy program using a combination of specialized treatments and exercises that will most effectively and safely assist in your recovery from an injury, return you to your ideal level of physical performance, and mentally prepare you to return to the competitive atmosphere of sports.
Patients receive a number of different treatment techniques in Berkeley, MO sports therapy, some of which include:
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Deep tissue and sports massages
- Kinesio taping
- Muscle energy techniques
- Spinal and joint mobilizations
- Trigger point release
- Dry needling
- Blood flow restriction training
- Ultrasound therapy
Our experienced top-level sports therapists and support team are familiar with your specific needs and challenges as an athlete in recovery. Whether you are a professional athlete, a student member of an elite sports team, a recreational athlete, or someone who enjoys a daily morning jog or other physical activity, we understand how an injury can affect your life. The struggle of physical pain, discomfort, and restricted mobility is also incredibly psychologically painful, and is compounded by the mental and emotional turmoil that a naturally active, driven individual grapples with when suffering an injury. It is natural to experience such feelings as frustration with the limiting nature of your injury and fear, doubt, or anxiety about returning to your previous ability level. With the support of a good sports therapist a positive, fun, supportive healing environment, you can work through any challenges you face in your recovery, both physical and mental.
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Who Can Benefit From Sports Therapy?
Sports therapy commonly occurs court-side or in a competitive sports setting, that is not always the case. Sports therapy is for anybody who wants to remain physically active and injury-free. If you would like to improve your physical performance or properly recover for an injury or surgery, you will benefit from sports therapy in Berkeley, MO. It will prepare you for a strong, safe, and quick return to the sports or physical activities that are so important to you.
We treat Berkeley, MO sports therapy patients for many different reasons. The most common sports-related injuries, according to the National Institute of Health are:
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Swollen muscles
- Sort tissue injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Shin splints and shin pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Broken bones (simple and compound fractures)
- Joint dislocations
There is always a possibility of getting hurt when one engages in physical activity. However, the risk increases for someone who is not in good physical shape or anyone who participates in physical activity without simple precautions. The risk of injury is dramatically less when you properly prepare before playing. Adequate preparation includes a proper active warm-up and ongoing and regular strength and flexibility training. Additionally, using the proper technique and appropriate safety equipment for any sport reduces the chances of serious injury. Even the world’s top athletes are prone to injury when they push themselves too far, playing without the proper rest or before allowing their current injuries the necessary recovery time.
Still, sometimes injuries happen even in the most careful situations. When this happens, reacting to the injury correctly is key in reducing the impact of the injury and managing its effect. It’s important to know what to do immediately after an acute injury. Usually, the best thing to do is to stop playing. Do not try to play through it, even if you believe the injury to be minor. For many kinds of injuries, the first step in treatment is the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It will alleviate pain, minimize swelling, and speed up the healing process. Most importantly, the best action is accessing the medical resources to help you manage your condition. After you become injured, receive medical care right away and contact Axes Physical Therapy to begin sports therapy.
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We know that you value your active lifestyle, and returning to the sports you love is one of your top concerns after you’ve been injured or have had to undergo surgery. Proper rehabilitation and sports therapy is the solution for those seeking and a complete and lasting recovery. When you work with Axes for your Berkeley, MO sports therapy needs, we will ensure that you heal correctly and completely according to evidence-based guidelines and that you receive the proper therapeutic interventions, and we are committed to working with you to prevent further injury. Let us share our extensive knowledge and years of experience with you to help you get back to the physical activity you love. As a locally owned and operated physical therapy practice, we center our practice on the needs of our patients and clients. You will receive individualized care from sports therapists who know what it means to be an athlete. Don’t take our word for it; see our five-star Google reviews from previous patients.
For an active individual who has been injured or recently received surgery, time is of the essence. A good Berkeley, MO sports therapy practice will guide you in the timely and complete recovery you seek. For more information on our sports therapy program and other services, contact us online, visit our locations page for the office nearest you, or select your area from the list below.