Having a good understanding of sports rehabilitation means breaking down the biomechanics of the sport. Sports injuries can be managed conservatively while some require surgery. Many sports injuries are a result of overuse. The goal is to rehabilitate the athlete to his or her optimal level following an injury.
Our physical therapists and athletic trainers have the proper education and tools to rehabilitate athletes with sport specific exercises to speed recovery and return to competition. Their experience as cyclists, skiers, runners, swimmers, hikers strengthen their ability to relate to athletes and their desire to return to competition quickly.
Athletic taping is commonly used as a means to give stability to parts of the body that are overstressed from poor posture or muscle tightness. The proprioceptive feedback of taping can allow athletes to be more efficient in their movement patterns. Providing tactile feedback improves positioning allowing the athlete move efficiently.
Kinesiology tape is used to facilitate motion by inhibiting or enhancing muscles. Its flexible material allows joint and muscle skeletal movement improving lymph transport and increases circulation. It is thought to improve the interaction between skin and the underlying structures to help reset the circuitry of this part of the nervous system resulting in improved muscular activation and performance. Other benefits include:
- Pain management
- Support and stability
- Swelling management
- Scar tissue management
McConnell taping involves a technique to correct altered patellofemoral kinematics. It can reduce symptoms associated with PFPS by dramatically re-aligning the patella to improve patella femoral tracking.