Young boy doing exercises with physical therapist

The Importance of Recovery

From recreational jogging to competitive weightlifting, nearly all types of athletics carry a risk of injury. Sports injuries such as muscle strains, ligament tears, and dislocations have caused athletes to be sidelined for several games or even the rest of their career. Competitive gymnastics is no different. When sports injuries occur, athletes are often referred to physical therapists for rehabilitation to help their bodies recover so they can continue playing the sport they love.

Physical therapy isn’t just for hardcore athletes. In fact, physical therapy helps millions of people to recover from injuries every year. By creating a specialized recovery program for their patients, physical therapists help target and strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and enhance recovery. If you have a sports-related injury, Gold Medal Gyms suggests you see a physical therapist.

What Types of Sports Injuries Can Be Helped By Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy can help boost recovery from a wide range of injuries, including:

  • ACL Tears
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Knee Meniscus Tears
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Shin Splints

Rehabilitation

If you’ve received a sports-related injury, physical therapists are trained to identify deficiencies in the biomechanics of the body. Physical therapists can point out the weak areas in an athlete’s body and help relieve physical stress and pain. They can suggest specific procedures and treatment goals tailored to your body.

Stretching Tight Muscles and Joints

In order to have a good range of motion and flexibility, stretching is vital. If your muscles are tight, normal activities may become hard to perform such as reaching up high or climbing stairs. A physical therapist will help you stretch these problem areas in a way that will preserve normal functions.

Strengthening

If you’re seeing a physical therapist, they’ll most likely ask you to perform some strengthening exercises to improve your muscle function. The goal of these exercises is to improve strength, increase endurance, and improve your overall range of motion. Unless instructed otherwise, do not perform these exercises without the guidance of your physical therapist.

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