Prepare for Fall Sports with Country Roads Physical Therapy
First Season? Get Ready for Fall Sports with Sports Physicals
Joining a sports team is an exciting time for any student. Whether you are a new lineman for the football team, or you are getting ready for this season’s basketball tryouts, it is important to know what comes with joining a sports team. One of the most important steps? A sports physical!
Physicals ensure that you are ready and able to be involved in sports and physical activities. Once you’re ready to begin the new season, there are plenty of ways to avoid injury as well.
The Importance of Sports Physicals
Physicals will help to evaluate your health and find if there are any underlying medical conditions. Heart conditions, lung conditions, blood pressure issues, any past injuries, and many other factors can play into your playing sports, and a complete physical can help to find or assess these problems. Sports physicals will also determine whether your body can handle the sport, especially if you have other medical conditions or past injuries.
- Sports physicals require the following information to provide accurate results:
- Medical History
- Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
- Vision Test
- Physical Health Assessment (Flexibility, Joints, Posture, Muscles)
What if I “Fail” My Physical?
There are many different reasons as to why you may “fail” a sports physical. Your doctor may want to perform further tests, or may come across a problem you didn’t notice before. It can be beneficial for new or seasoned athletes to see a specialist for old injuries or to correct posture or form. Once you and your doctor correct the problem, or find a treatment that works for you, you can then revisit the idea of joining a team or furthering your sports career.
Country Roads Physical Therapy is here to help you prepare for the new sports season. We can help you treat old sports injuries or provide tips and advice for preventing new injuries.
Care for Sports Injuries Before It’s Too Late
A seemingly minor injury can turn into a life-long issue if neglected. Whether you have a sprained ankle, a possible concussion, or other sports-related injury, it is crucial to see your doctor right away. Even the most minor of injuries can cause pains or chronic conditions later in life. If physical therapy is in your future, Country Roads Physical Therapy in WV is here to help.
Country Roads Physical Therapy provides sports injury prevention and physical therapy treatments for students and adults. Country Roads Physical Therapy offers aquatic therapy, manual therapy, and other effective treatments to make recovery a breeze. Our therapists will work closely with you to make sure you are ready for next season. Call your preferred location today to learn more about what we can do for you!
Common Sports Injuries that Young Athletes Face
As fun and rewarding as being an athlete can be, physical therapists see sports injuries all the time. Some of the most common sports injuries to look out for or to know the signs of can include:
- Sprains or Fractures
- Broken Bones
- Pulled or Torn Muscles
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
While injuries can be prevented by stretching and staying active, there is always the chance for an accident. Do not overlook pain, swelling, or discomfort after an accident during a sports practice or event, and reach out to your doctor right away if you notice something wrong.
How to Prevent Injuries While Involved in Sports
Proper stretching, resting, and training are three great ways to prevent sports injuries. As part of our community outreach, Country Roads Physical Therapy also offers sports injury prevention classes for young athletes to better understand how to care for themselves during the on- and off-season. Our training includes:
- Ankle Wrapping
- Concussion Prevention
- Core Stability
- First Aid
- Hip & Back Injuries
- Weight Training
If you or your child is interested in learning more about sports injury prevention, reach out to your preferred Country Roads Physical Therapy location. We will be happy to provide you with the proper resources to make this next season the best one yet.
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