Experts estimate that 90% of all world class athletes use physical therapy to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. Athletic performance is affected by a combination of strength, flexibility, speed and coordination. Participating in sports is encouraged because of the many benefits. Not only is a person getting exercise when playing but they are also developing fine motor skills, learning about teamwork and fair play and of course building friendship, but their bodies are also taking impacts no matter what sport they are playing.
Athletes can experience many different benefits from receiving physical therapy and spinal adjustments help treating injuries that result from:

  • Lack of flexibility
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Faulty biomechanics
  • Instability
  • Structural misalignment

As well as common sport injuries like:
Hyperextended knee
A hyperextension occurs when the knee is forced backwards past its normal range of motion which may tear one of the knee ligaments. It is common in basketball, volleyball and gymnastics. Imbalanced muscle strength can make this injury more common.
Ankle sprain
Ankle sprain occurs when ankle ligaments stretch or tear beyond their normal range of motion. It is common in football, basketball and soccer. Individuals with improper alignment may be more prone to ankle sprains.
Hip flexor strain
It ranges from mild to severe stretching or tearing off the hip flexor muscles. It is common in soccer, sprinting and cycling. Lack of flexibility and weaknesses in other muscles increase the risk of this injury.
Rotator cuff tendonitis
It is an inflammation of a group of muscles in the shoulder together with an inflammation of the lubrication mechanism called the Bursa. Occur in the sports where the arm is repeatedly used in an overhead motion. It is common in swimming, tennis, and baseball. Shoulder issues sometimes originate with instability in muscles in the neck and upper back.
Concussion-traumatic brain injury
It occurs when the brain is jolted within the skull. It is common in contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer. Depending on the severity a concussion can lead to a variety of symptoms, including headaches and loss of consciousness. A previous concussion increases the risk of having another concussion.

How physical therapy can help?

Many studies have shown that physical therapy help athletes recover from injuries without the need for painkillers or invasive surgery. It addresses whole body wellness instead of one specific area. Physical therapy not only focuses on the area of injury, but also on the relationship of the injury to the rest of the body.

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