What Is Athletic Therapy?
Athletes, unlike most of the general population, put a large amount of wear and tear on the body. Often having nagging injuries that they will just “play through”. Those nagging injuries may become actual injuries if not taken care of.
The body will always organize itself to compensate for pain, which doesn’t help with things like posture and that’s when things can get ugly. For example, changing the way you run to satisfy the pain can eventually cause serious injury.
You don’t even need to be an athlete to benefit from an athletic therapist. If you have an active lifestyle, even small injuries can occur with long-lasting effects.
Clients can discuss their current ailment or area for improvement as the practitioner completes a full assessment, developing an individualized plan for successful return-to-fitness.
Therapists help clients return to fitness through various manual therapies, modalities, exercise, and bracing and taping.
The Certified Athletic Therapists at Continuum are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. Therapists effectively treat musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries.
Sometimes the body requires more than just rest. As busy athletes go through the daily routine of team practices, individual post workouts, school, sometimes those nagging injuries take a back seat and get overlooked.
The body does a great job of telling athletes where the weak links are, and a good practitioner will diagnose and start the necessary therapy to begin the road to recovery.
At Continuum, we work with the coaches so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to a full assessment (so nobody is left in the dark).
Having a fully functioning athletic therapy system that brings in all counterparts will also aid in a quick road to recovery. A therapist’s eyes aren’t always on the client so the more people that understand what the athlete’s needs are, the better.
At Continuum, we work directly with Speed Mechanics in their facility to interact with coaches and perform therapies on site. Having a fully integrated support team is key to getting an athlete fully rehabilitated.
Athletic therapy puts an emphasis on health, rehabilitation, and performance and a good therapist makes it happen.
Originally published at https://continuumcentre.ca on March 3, 2022.