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Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: An Introduction

First in a series of articles designed to educate parents on the ins and outs of the physical therapy process and decrease parental anxiety, some of which results from a fear of the unknown and/or frustration about not knowing what physical therapy is all about.

If Your Teen Has Back Pain That Won't Go Away, See A Doctor!


As we head into the last month of the school year (at least for some of us), parents start asking each other, "Hey, what is your kid doing this summer? ("Translation for non-Texans: "What sports is your child playing this summer?")

As lots of sports parents know, summer does not always mean fun and hanging out by the swimming pool anymore. In this deeply sports-obsessed state, there is no off-season. Ever! Middle school football running back breaking tackle

When her 13-year-old son came home each day from track practice complaining of back pain, a Texas mom thought the pain wasn't anything to worry about. Turns out the pain was a red flag about a serious injury.

Youth Volleyball: Back Pain Common But Preventable

Young volleyball players are prone to lower back pain and injuries.  A physical therapist lists the warning signs of a potentially serious back problem and offers tips for keeping players on the court and back-pain free. 

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Joint Mobility vs. Stability

Finding the optimal balance between mobility and stability is crucial during the rehabilitation process.   Restoring normal joint mobility and stability before an athlete returns to play is important for performance and in reducing the risk of future injury. 

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Restoring Range of Motion Critical

Restoring full range of motion to a joint should be achieved early in physical therapy as playing sports with restricted range of motion increases injury risk and negatively effects athletic performance.

Physical Therapy for The Injured Athlete: Each Session Has Five Parts

Every physical therapy sessiont can be broken down into five basic parts: subjective, objective, treatments, assessment, and plan

Screening By Physical Therapist Particularly Important For Athletes After Growth Spurt

While all athletes over age 7 playing competitive sports can reduce the risk of injury through regular screening by a physical therapist, seeing a PT is particularly important for athletes after a growth spurt, says physical therapist Patricia Ladis.

Sports Injury Prevention: Regular Screening By Physical Therapist Recommended

Taking a holistic approach to sports injury prevention, including regular screening by a physical therapist to identify muscle imbalances and/or biomechanical flaws, and prescribe corrective exercises, is critically important to the success of elite athletes, says physical therapist Patricia Ladis.

Physical Therapy: More than Just Treating Injuries

Physical therapy is far more than about treating injuries. The real trick is preventing an injury from happening again. Here are some things that you might not know about physical therapy.

Return to Play After ACL Surgery: How Parents Can Help

The period between the end of physical therapy and the start of sports-specific conditioning is a critical time frame for young athletes after an an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear or rupture, reconstructive surgery, and months of rehabilitation.
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