The Importance of Physical Therapy – Athlete Edition

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john gallucci at jag pt front desk

john gallucci at jag pt front desk

As the President and CEO of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, I know how important physical therapy is for athletes. Physical therapy helps athletes regain mobility, reduce pain, prevent disability, and improve their overall health and fitness. Injuries are a part of any sport. As much as athletes try to avoid injury, eventually, someone will suffer from one. Sports injuries have prevented many athletes from playing in games, full seasons, and unfortunately, have taken away athlete’s careers. Poor training methods, improper warm-ups, dehydration, fatigue and a lack of conditioning are a few of the causes of sports injuries. If an athlete is hurt – physical therapy will help treat the injury and get them back to the game they love.


Crucial to Sports Injury Recovery

Physical therapy helps an athlete rebuild strength and movement after an injury with different exercises, stretches, and techniques utilizing specialized equipment to address the injury. It can also help an athlete manage pain and prevent permanent damage or recurring issues. Common injuries for athletes include sprains, strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, shin splints, fractures, and dislocations. During physical therapy, a physical therapist will appropriately address the specific injury to make sure the athlete is safely recovered before returning to their sport.

If you are experiencing only a little pain, I also suggest seeing a physical therapist prior to your injury developing into something more severe – it’s very beneficial to athletes everywhere. This allows a physical therapist to determine if there are any weak or inflexible muscles in the athlete’s body that make them more prone to injury. Once identified, physical therapists can come up with an individualized plan to strengthen the muscles and prevent injury from occurring. Athletes can also prevent some sports injuries with proper warm-up and stretching suggestions from their physical therapist.


The JAG Method

JAG-ONE Physical Therapy has top facilities and programs specifically crafted to get athletes back on their feet and in the game. We are New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania’s top physical therapy center, and have been helping athletes return to their sport for years. We offer many services at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy – such as our L.E.S.S. Program and FCE testing – that help athletes recover and return to their sport safely.

Each athlete who receives treatment at our facilities will have an individual treatment plan designed specifically for their injury. This will take in to account the athlete’s age, body type, general health, and more. The treatment plan will help reduce the pain and provide relief. At JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, our physical therapists provide a hands-on experience and understand the true ways the body moves. We train our staff to put all disciplines taught in school together into one holistic approach that benefits the patient.

If you are an athlete seeking physical therapy, I suggest you come in to this experience not afraid to communicate with your physical therapist, invest your time fully, and be ready to learn and understand how to get better efficiently without harming yourself.

At JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, we are efficient in getting athletes back on the field, but will always make sure you are 110%. Many patients don’t understand that the point of physical therapy is to get you back to where you were before injury. You may not feel pain all the time now, but that does not mean therapy is over if you are not back to your full potential. Our goal is to get you back to 100% functionality, whatever that functionality was, and we won’t release you until you are back to your pre-injury functionality. If you ran three or five miles during practice, our goal is to get you back to running those miles again every practice.

As a previous athlete, I have had many injuries myself. I understand what you are going through, not only from my education, but also from vast personal experience myself. My physical therapists at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy are dedicated in helping you achieve your physical goals with a safe and fast recovery. Athletes looking to address their injuries safely and efficiently are extremely encouraged to participate in our Return to Sport program. Contact a JAG-ONE Physical Therapy near you to get back to the game and to the life you love.