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Most Palmdale Physical Therapist will tell you that the importance of physical therapy in sports can never be under-looked.

Sports physical therapy is a specialized practice which mainly focuses on prevention, evaluation, treatment/rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of the physically-active individual.

Here are three of the drastic benefits of physical therapy.

SPORTS INJURY REHABILITATION

Most Palmdale Physical Therapist will tell you that patients are often fearful that after suffering their injury they can never regain 100% of their functional status.

In some cases that may be factual. However, it has been shown that with a properly designed/carried out physical therapy program, it is absolutely possible to come back 100%.

A high percentage athletic physical therapy program consists of strengthening the body and reversing the effect of the injury. Areas of deficiency and flexibility, muscular strength and endurance are outlined in a specific training regiment.

That is generally the foundation of physical therapy — restoring the body to its original status prior to injury or as close to it as possible.

Physical therapists undergo vigorous training including undergraduate and graduate schooling in accredited U.S. universities taking up to six or seven years to complete.

They then have to pass the state board licensure exam. A licensed physical therapist knows how to create and carry out the necessary program to help the body heal in the proper manner.

Patients who hope their injuries heal effectively on their own are taking a b risk. Attempts to perform self-rehabilitation without a trained physical therapist typically don’t deliver the right results.

SPORTS SPECIFIC INJURY PREVENTION

If an injury does occur, the previously completed injury prevention training minimizes the extent of the injury and recovery time. Because of this, the preventive benefit of physical therapy should not be overlooked.

SPORTS PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

A majority of athletes come go to physical therapist with goals of improving their performance. The foundation for this training regiment is provided by an in depth evaluation.

This evaluation provides us with neuromuscular strengths and weaknesses and helps us create an individual athlete’s physical profile. This profile can then be matched to the individual’s specific sport.

Areas of deficiency in flexibility, muscular strength and endurance can then be targeted by a distinct training routine.

The above listed benefits display what can be gained from physical therapy and its huge importance in injury recovery and athletic performance.