St. George, MO

St. George, MO

Sports therapy for your unique needs as an athlete

St. George, MO Sports Therapy

Physical activity is an essential part of your life. 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 here for all of your sports therapy needs in St. George, MO. The team at Axes Physical Therapy is the leader in St. George, MO sports therapy and sports injury rehabilitation. Our St. Louis area local physical therapy and athletic training team is equipped to return you to the game. We work closely with each of our patients to align your treatment plan with your goals for returning to your active lifestyle. With your active participation in your treatment and the guidance, education, and treatments of your sports therapist, sports therapy will return you to the active lifestyle you value. To begin your return to optimal strength, health, and recovery, schedule your first St. George, 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 physical therapy sub-speciality 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 works closely with the athlete to return the patient to their normal level of peformance to return safely to their sport. Patients participating in St. George, MO sports therapy usually do so 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 sports therapists who apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities in evidence-based therapeutic practices to treat athletes. These professionals have trained and worked extensively in treating athletes, both amateur and professional, and are experts in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Sports therapy places a focus on rehabilitation, treatment, prevention, and education.

Receiving St. George, MO Sports Therapy

When you enter a St. George, 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
  • Build a personalized treatment plan by consulting and discussing with you, your medical team, and sports experts
  • 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 hands-on mobilization therapies specific to your condition
  • Advise you on the best ways to 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. You will work very closely with one of our highly-regarded sports therapists, who will play the roles of physical therapist, performance coach, advisor, and occasional drill sergeant. You and your therapist will work as a team to design 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 air of sports.

Patients receive a number of different treatment techniques in St. George, MO sports therapy, some of which include:

Our seasoned top-level sports therapists and support team are attuned to the unique needs you have as an athlete in recovery. Regardless of whether you are a young athlete just beginning your introduction to sports, a casual athlete who simply enjoys being active, or are involved in the highest level of competition available, 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. A skilled sports therapist and a positive, encouraging healing environment is all you need to work through these psychological challenges and overcome any obstacle you face, 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. Anyone who desires to remain physically active and injury-free or seeks to safely recover from an injury or surgery can and should receive sports therapy in St. George, 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 St. George, 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 risk of injuries like those listed above when one engages in physical activity. However, the risk increases for those who are not in good physical shape or anyone who participates in physical activity without simple precautions. You can reduce the risk of injury by adequately preparing before playing. Prior to engaging in strenuous physical activity or playing a sport, always stretch and warm-up. Ongoing strength and flexibility training also helps you avoid getting hurt. 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.

Despite all precautions, 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. Often, the best thing to do is to stop playing. Do not try to play through it, no matter how minor you think it might be. Most of the time, 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, make sure you consider the most appropriate medical treatment 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 suffering an unexpected injury or having to receive 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 St. George, 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.

When you are an athlete who needs to recover from an injury or surgery, time is of the essence. For a swift and successful recovery, begin St. George, MO sports therapy as soon as you can. 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.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Certified Wellness Coaching

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brian Wahlig
Front Office Supervisor
Sarah Schroeder
MOTR/L, CHT, Astym Cert
Ryan Knuckles
PT, DPT, Astym Cert., Dry Needling Cert.
Mandy Carter
MSPT, CMPT, ATC, CWC
Ray Bauer
MSPT, CMPT

Locations

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Injuries and pain shouldn’t keep you from moving and doing the things you love.