Physical therapists (PT's) apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree - either a master's degree or a clinical doctorate - from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions.
Physical therapists can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life. If you are looking for a possible alternative to surgery and/or pain medication, consider a physical therapist. Physical therapists are your partners throughout your journey to restoring and maintaining motion so you can function at your personal best.
A sports physical therapist is a highly trained health care professional. Sports therapists are qualified to work with patients who have suffered debilitating injuries from sporting activities. Contact sports are not the only activities that lead to serious injury. Other sports like golf, swimming, bowling and all types of extreme sports can also produce major health problems. Sports physical therapists specialize in sports medicine and techniques that will help athletes with the rehabilitation of their injuries.
Physical therapists must work to evaluate various components of movement with their patients. Sports injuries can lead to restricted movement. Muscle strains, broken bones and other types of injuries can bring an athlete to the sidelines. PT's are trained to evaluate strength, range of motion, balance, posture, flexibility, mechanics, coordination, endurance and overall mobility. They then use the information obtained to create an individualized rehabilitation plan for each patient.
Different injuries require different combinations of therapy. Key components in any rehabilitation plan include education about the cause of the problem, exercise to improve function and full participation on the part of the patient. A sports physical therapist will use a variety of treatments to help a patient. Exercises are key in most cases. Activities are designed to improve range of motion, muscle strength, balance, endurance and coordination.