Competitive youth athletic programs and sports specializations are occurring at younger ages than ever. As a result, we have seen a steady increase in injuries among young people. The injuries are acute, chronic, contact, and non-contact. All injuries are detrimental to the success of your youth athlete, but those resulting from overuse or requiring surgery will sideline your child for an extended period. An excellent course of action to avoid an extensive break from participating in athletics and set your child up for long-term success would be to see a physical therapist.
Recognizing a problem before it becomes an injury is a sure-fire way to stay ahead of the game. It is well-known that young girls are at an increased risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and have benefited from participating in knee injury prevention programs. There also exists ample evidence that all youth athletes would benefit from specific conditioning programs.
By assessing overall strength and range of motion specific to requirements of your child’s preferred sport, our physical therapy team can tailor an exercise regimen to address deficits and improve sport-specific mechanics. This approach will not only benefit your child by improving their performance immediately, but it will also provide an excellent foundation for injury prevention now and in the future.
Parents are continually searching for new ways to give their children a competitive advantage. The staff at Edge Physical Therapy can help your child break ahead of the pack. They are trained to notice inconsistencies within movements, inefficient mechanics, and muscle imbalances. By correcting these issues and providing an exercise routine to continue at home, your child will increase his or her chances of success at advanced levels of competition.
If, however, an injury does occur, seeing a physical therapist will help your child recover faster and decrease the likelihood of re-injury. Left to heal on its own, even the most minor injury leaves an individual susceptible to sustaining another injury. Further damage could occur because of adaptations made to compensate for the injury (i.e., limping) or because the area is weaker than pre-injury and more likely to be hurt again. Healing injured tissue and strengthening the surrounding area will get your child back out on the playing field quicker, stronger, and with more confidence.
Talk to your child’s physician and request a referral for physical therapy. Then contact us and give your child an opportunity to get (and stay) ahead of the game.