Physical Therapy

Using Physical Therapy to Enhance Performance

It’s important for athletes to realize that everyone has an athletic “ceiling.” That is, a maximum potential you can push your athletic performance to before increasing the risk of injury. Physical therapy regimens can be greatly beneficial to runners, athletes, and those who are generally physically active. Building a strong foundation and developing routine patterns are essential to top performance in all means of physical activity. It is ideal to incorporate strengthening and stabilizing exercises in your conditioning program to help with endurance, flexibility, and to also improve speed and power skills.

Most people think that when an athlete is hurt, they see a physical therapist (PT), but if they are looking to run faster, jump higher, or enhance strength, they see a personal trainer or strength coach. The fact is that a physical therapist can help a healthy athlete not only improve their performance, but they can also help to avoid future injuries.

As musculoskeletal specialists, physical therapists are, of course, experts in movement and injury rehabilitation.  However, they are also experts in maximizing athletic potential, whether it be a quarterback who wants to throw the ball further or harder, or a baseball player looking to be faster out in the field or while running the bases.

Physical therapy helps restore function, improve range of motion, and alleviate pain. Many patients with conditions including back pain, neck pain, shoulder and elbow conditions, hip and knee conditions, carpal tunnel, Achilles tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and many more can benefit from physical therapy.

If you’re seeking to increase endurance and strength while improving your speed, reaction times, and agility, physical therapy combined with sports performance will help push you to your pinnacle of athletic performance, helping you achieve your goals and break through your previous limitations.

In our unique approach at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence, our physical therapists have advanced training and knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and are passionate about helping you achieve optimum results. We often work alongside sports performance trainers to develop individual treatment plans that rehabilitate while also enhancing your sports performance.

Our customized sports performance training programs are designed for strength and conditioning based specifically on your unique objectives, fitness level, and sport. We provide a thorough evaluation of your current abilities to determine any areas of instability or weakness that need to be addressed during your training.

We combine corrective and restorative exercises, conditioning, cardiovascular training, and strength training with exercise techniques specific to your sport. You will be closely monitored by one of our performance team members to ensure accuracy and development. This combination of physical therapy, sports medicine, and sports performance training, will benefit everyone from the elite athlete to the postoperative patient working to resume their normal lifestyle.

To learn more about how physical therapy can enhance your performance as an athlete or just in everyday life, call Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence at (719) 623-1050, or request an appointment online.