I'm An Athlete and I Don't Have An Injury - Why Would I Need PT?
Well… Here are my Counter Questions:
Would you wait to go to the mechanic until your car breaks down?
Would you wait until you have a cavity to go to the dentist?
Assuming your answer is no - I agree - I wouldn't wait to get an injury before I made sure my movements were sound.
An injury would likely take me out of regularly scheduled training program, regress my current skill set, and possibly even prevent me from meeting upcoming training goals or events.
Most of the athletes I work with are working to rehab or fix what is called a non-traumatic injury (ie, they didn’t fall off of a rig doing muscle ups, they didn’t have a plant-and-twist injury leading to a torn ligament, etc.). Non-traumatic injuries are largely the result of movement impairments over time, or performing the same inefficient or poor movement pattern repeatedly over the course of days, weeks, months, or years. The timeline depends on intensity of training, volume of training, recovery, strength, mobility, etc. - which is all specific to YOU.
Some people who come in have no pain at all. They just want to get better, improve performance, and look for pre-existing movement impairments that may later lead to injury. If we find movement inefficiencies or errors during the movement assessment, or isolated weaknesses during the strength assessment - I build a customized program for the athlete to address these specifically, which reduces risk of injury in their sport long term.
Happy. Healthy. Pain free. Athletes.
Some of you may be saying “I wouldn’t consider myself an athlete. I work a desk job and go to a functional fitness facility to exercise a few times per week.”
What does it mean to be athletic? ...Google says that being athletic is “involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina”. There are professional athletes, sure. But if you move your body, test your physical capabilities with exercise each week, and strive to lead a healthy lifestyle? This is athleticism.
Next week, I’ll write an entire post on the movement impairment issues that arise from desk jobs or any type of daily activity that requires sitting or standing stationary for long periods of time!