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Strength Training and Conditioning

Whether recovering from injury or wanting to enhance your fitness lifestyle, strength training and conditioning can provide significant health benefits such as, stamina, endurance and overall muscular tone.

Strength Training progressively increases the output force of the muscle through weight incrementally along with exercises that target specific muscular groups. And it uses resistance to induce muscular contraction.

Conditioning is a consistent regimen of exercise, diet, and rest. A proper conditioning program has multiple components, including strength, speed, balance, agility, coordination, power and endurance.

When done correctly, both Strength Training combined with Conditioning you will notice:

• Improved joint functions
• Reduction of potential injuries in muscle, tendons and ligaments.
• Increased bone density
• Increased metabolism
• Improved cardiac functions
• Improved lipid profiles

Please contact TheraSport Physical Therapy for all of your Rehabilitation needs.

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Swimming in the Summer

Shoulder pain is common with swimmers. When you swim, you use many muscle groups, some which are highly dependent on the shoulder for coordinated function.

Numerous muscles are all working simultaneously to stabilize the shoulder.
Naturally, the repetitive motion of swimming can tire out muscles which can
lead to pain, inflammation and a possible injury, known as Swimmer’s
Shoulder.

Call TheraSport Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help you a
create a comprehensive program to develop strength, endurance, and
flexibility so you can swim conditioned without fatigue or injury.

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Soccer

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The Soccer season is in full swing, and with such a dynamic sport many injuries can occur without proper stretching or injury prevention activities. Soccer injury prevention consists of strengthening and conditioning for optimal physical performance while on the pitch. Most soccer training sessions have well-designed practice plans for skills and tactics, with a solid warm-up before play. A healthier team with fewer injuries comes from a well prepared fitness plan and training schedule.

Most time loss injuries in soccer are due to ligament injuries (to the ankle and knee) In a high energy fast-paced soccer match, ligament injuries are very common. In lower levels of play, injuries that lead to the most concern, especially amongst middle and high school areas of play knee injuries, specifically to the anterior cruciate ligament.

Some Common Soccer Injuries Include:

Hip Flexor Strains:

Common in the soccer population due to the kicking involved, strains occur when a muscle is overstretched causing tearing in the muscle. Therapy is an excellent way to decrease swelling and increase flexibility, strength, returning the individual to playing soccer.

Patello Femoral Syndrome:

A more common problem in female soccer players, it involves poor tracking of your patella in the femoral groove. Therapy helps to re-align the patella and decrease pain in the knee joint

MCL/ACL Tear:

Soccer players often injure the ligaments in the knee due to the cutting and pivoting required in the sport. The medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament are two of the four major knee ligaments. Following a tear of one or more of these ligaments, treatment varies from therapy to surgical reconstruction.

Ankle Sprain:

Common in Soccer players, it involves over stretching of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint. This injury responds well to a therapy program that is designed to increase strength, flexibility, and propricopetion in the ankle joint.

Contact TSPT today to find out how we can help develop a program to boost your sports performance and overall fitness goals!

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Running

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Sports injuries need attention in order to heal properly. They are not uncommon and can be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears, etc.) or chronic (tendinitis, overuse, etc.)

Contact TSPT today to find out how we can help develop a program to treat your condition and get you back running safe!

Some Common Running Injuries Include:

Iliotibial Band Syndrome: The ITB is a band of fascia that starts in the hip and crosses the outside of the knee. This band can become inflamed due to tightness and repetitive motion. Symptoms include achy pain on the outside of the knee that can become sharp pain with activities like running and stairs. Physical therapy helps to decrease the inflammation and increase ITB flexibility.

Shin Splints: This syndrome is caused by ischemia of the muscles in the anterior compartment of the leg and by small tears in the tissue, following strenuous exercise. Therapy can help to decrease irritation as well as balance flexibility and leg strength, preventing pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are micro-fracturing of the bone due to repetitive trauma. Common sites of stress fractures include the tibia and in the metatarsals of the feet. These fractures can be caused by stress from training, poor footwear, insufficient ROM/strength, and hard running surfaces. Following a period of immobilization/NWB (non-weight bearing), therapy helps to return the runner to their normal work-out routine.

Hamstrings Strain: More common in the sprinting athlete, a strain of the hamstrings is caused by overstretching and tearing of the muscle. This injury can range from slight tightness/pain in a Grade I strain to a Grade III season ending rupture in which there often is an audible pop! Therapy is paramount in regaining ROM/strength to return the athlete to running.

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