Many of us … okay most of us … have heard the term “sports medicine”. We commonly associate it with athletes and people who make sports their business. Merriam Webster defines sports medicine as, “a field of medicine concerned with the prevention and treatment of injuries and disorders that are related to participation in sports”. While this isn’t inaccurate, it fails to be complete.
An online journal focused on medicine, sports medicine and other things health related says that, “Sports Medicine bridges the gap between science and practice in the promotion of exercise and health, and in the scientific assessment, study and understanding of sports performance. Regular features include: sports injury prevention and treatment; exercise for health; drugs in sport and recommendations for training and nutrition.” (http://link.springer.com/journal/40279)
I am bringing this to you because you may not know that physical therapy for sports medicine does apply to people who casually work out or recreate in the form of given sports. These include but are not limited to, community softball, tennis, racquetball, bowling, weightlifting, running, hiking, and bicycling.
Whenever you pursue an activity that counts on strong, repetitive motion as a main component, you run the risk of injuring the very muscles and joints that you need to continue your sport.
Proper training, nutrition, and hydration (we are in the desert…ALWAYS hydration) can make the difference between enjoyable leisure time or an uncomfortable lengthy recovery. It can also help give you the edge competitively.
Physical therapists that are trained in the types of injury and stress seen in these areas are your key to successful prevention and recovery while playing or competing. I will be writing more on prevention, but suffice it to say that we can help you move freely in your chosen sport without pain. I don’t know if you’ll win, but you can definitely be less miserable.