Injury Treatment

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.

Advice to Parents: Empower, Don't Baby Injured Athlete During Rehabilitation Process

A growing body of evidence suggests that psychological factors play an important role in determining whether an athlete makes a successful return to sport following injury. Physical therapist Keith Cronin, DPT, OCS, CSCS, says it is important for parents to support an injured athlete but to empower, not coddle them during the rehabilitation process.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: What Sports Parents Should Know

In recent years, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections have been used to treat a variety of sports injuries, ranging from severe tendonitis to muscle tears, but there is an ongoing debate among sports medicine doctors as to its effectiveness, especially given its cost. We explore both sides of the controversy.

Patellofemoral Instability: Is Surgery the Answer?

Many young athletes, particularly females, suffer from chronic knee pain. Pain becomes common with running, jumping, and, with later progression, even a flight of stairs. Sometimes this condition is associated with Patellar Instability, a combination of structural abnormalities and maltraking of the kneecap. Sometimes, surgery may be necessary.

Knee Pain in Young Athletes Could Be Patellofemoral Syndrome

The most important way to reduce the short- and long-term affects of poorly positioned kneecaps (patellofemoral dysfunction) is early intervention: physical therapy to strengthen the quad, teach stretching exercises, and guide appropriate biomechanics. Allowing knee pain to persist only decreases the potential for return to pain free sport.

Returning to Sports After ACL Surgery: Performance On Single Leg Hopping Tests A Good Yardstick

While physical therapists assess readiness of an athlete to return to sports after ACL reconstructive surgery in a variety of ways, research suggests that performance on a series of single leg hopping tests is a good yardstick.

Knee Pain: Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy can help reduce debilitating knee pain from Patellofemoral Syndrome, a condition most commonly seen in female athletes.

Keith Cronin (Physical Therapist): Personal Injury History Prompted Career Choice


In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam has asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear from Keith Cronin, a physical therapist at SSM-Select Physical Therapy in St. Louis, Missouri, and a MomsTeam expert.

By Keith Cronin, DPT, CSCS

A physical therapist explains how his own long history of sports injuries prompted his career choice and helps him relate to injured athletes, especially those who stubbornly resist a PT's advice, as he had done.

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Swelling

Swelling is common after many types of sports injuries, and is actually one of the ways the body protects an injured area against further damage in the immediate aftermath of an injury. The combination of restricted motion, pain, and generally ill feeling will likely take an athlete off the playing field, and, sometimes, on to a physical therapist's treatment table.

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Rehabilitation

There are significant differences between post-surgical and non surgical rehabilitation after a sports injury.
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