As athletes, we often push our bodies to the limit to achieve our goals and reach new heights in our sports.
However, in doing so, we may also experience injuries that can set us back and hinder our performance.
While it's important to seek treatment for these injuries, it's equally important to properly rehab them to avoid long-term complications.
The Key to Athletic Success:
Properly Treating Old Injuries
If you’ve experienced an injury in the past and haven’t properly rehabbed it, it’s never too late to start. In fact, old injuries that were not properly rehabbed should be taken care of to address current compensation issues and to avoid compensation issues in the future. This is especially important for athletes who are prone to ankle sprains, for example, because of a bad one they had when they were younger.
By addressing chronic injuries, athletes can improve their performance and reduce the risk of future injuries.
Stuck In A Rut
One common misconception athletes have is that they can’t do anything about chronic injuries. They may feel “stuck” with a past injury that continues to affect their athletic abilities. However, with proper care and attention, even chronic injuries can be treated and rehabbed. For example, ankle sprains can be addressed through a combination of strengthening exercises, balance training, manual therapy and Chiropractic adjustments.
One & Done
Another common issue athletes face is not continuing with maintenance exercises after they have completed their physical therapy. Athletes may think that once their injury is healed, they no longer need to do exercises to maintain their progress. However, this is far from the truth. Maintenance care exercises are critical for preventing future injuries and maintaining the progress made during physical therapy. Athletes should consult with their healthcare provider on what exercises to perform, when to apply them, when to progress them, and when to change them.