Sports Physical Therapy

Heal your injury and prepare your body for the sports and activities you love

Injured athletes need to get back to more than just everyday activities. If you have a sports injury, you also need to restore the extra strength and movement your sport requires.

Sports physical therapists know the demands sports put on your body. They will help your muscles and joints heal so you can start competing again.

Sports physical therapy treats acute and chronic injuries for both athletes and non-athletes. Your treatment team may consist of certified sports medicine therapists and certified orthopedic clinical specialists. Other physical therapists with experience in sport specific injuries may help as well.

Your Treatment Plan

To make a plan, your therapist will take many items into consideration:

  • Your unique body mechanics
  • The type and severity of your injury
  • The requirements of your sport

We'll build a plan for you. It'll be based in biomechanics and sports rehabilitative medicine.

Sports physical therapy includes specially designed rehab exercises. These exercises will strengthen and heal your muscles and joints. Your sports physical therapist will also focus on helping you avoid re-injury. Re-injury can happen if you return to your sport too soon or have poor body mechanics.

Sports Physical Therapy Tools

Your treatment team will use a number of tools to get your body back into working order.

Biomechanical evaluation

This exam will identify how your injury first occurred, and pinpoint movement patterns that could lead to future injury when you return to sports.

ASTYM Therapy

If you have painful movement due to previous injuries or scar tissue, your therapist may recommend a soft tissue therapy called ASTYM. Your soft tissues include muscles, ligaments and tendons, which can be regenerated to restore movement and reduce scar tissue.

Post Injury Adult Sports Motion Analysis

Motion analysis is a technology used after rehabilitation to verify if you’re able to return to your sport. It identifies if you’re compensating for your injury. It also analyzes if you’ve developed abnormal movement that puts you at risk for re-injury.

What to Expect with Sports Physical Therapy

Sports physical therapy treats acute and chronic injuries for both athletes and non-athletes. Your treatment team may consist of certified sports medicine therapists and certified orthopedic clinical specialists. Other physical therapists with experience in sport specific injuries may help as well.

Your Treatment Plan

To make a plan, your therapist will take many items into consideration:

  • Your unique body mechanics
  • The type and severity of your injury
  • The requirements of your sport

We'll build a plan for you. It'll be based in biomechanics and sports rehabilitative medicine.

Sports physical therapy includes specially designed rehab exercises. These exercises will strengthen and heal your muscles and joints. Your sports physical therapist will also focus on helping you avoid re-injury. Re-injury can happen if you return to your sport too soon or have poor body mechanics.

Sports Physical Therapy Tools

Your treatment team will use a number of tools to get your body back into working order.

Biomechanical evaluation

This exam will identify how your injury first occurred, and pinpoint movement patterns that could lead to future injury when you return to sports.

ASTYM Therapy

If you have painful movement due to previous injuries or scar tissue, your therapist may recommend a soft tissue therapy called ASTYM. Your soft tissues include muscles, ligaments and tendons, which can be regenerated to restore movement and reduce scar tissue.

Post Injury Adult Sports Motion Analysis

Motion analysis is a technology used after rehabilitation to verify if you’re able to return to your sport. It identifies if you’re compensating for your injury. It also analyzes if you’ve developed abnormal movement that puts you at risk for re-injury.

During your appointment, your therapist will perform an exam to check strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture and the mobility of your joints, muscles and other tissues.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes that you can move and exercise in. Be prepared to follow your therapist’s instructions and complete all recommended exercises in order to recover fully.

Preparing for Your Sports Physical Therapy Appointment

During your appointment, your therapist will perform an exam to check strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture and the mobility of your joints, muscles and other tissues.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes that you can move and exercise in. Be prepared to follow your therapist’s instructions and complete all recommended exercises in order to recover fully.

  • How long can I expect treatment to last?
  • Are there exercises I can do at home to speed recovery?
  • Do I need to avoid any activities while I’m recovering?
  • How quickly can I return to my sport?
  • What could happen if I don’t follow the treatment plan?

Questions To Ask Your Therapist

  • How long can I expect treatment to last?
  • Are there exercises I can do at home to speed recovery?
  • Do I need to avoid any activities while I’m recovering?
  • How quickly can I return to my sport?
  • What could happen if I don’t follow the treatment plan?

Patient Stories for Sports Physical Therapy

Indiana Sports Concussion Network

IU Health Sports Medicine has partnered with the Indiana Sports Concussion Network to implement the ImPACT Concussion Management Program at every high school in Indiana.

ASTYM

ASTYM, a regenerative soft tissue therapy rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body.

Resources

Indiana Sports Concussion Network

IU Health Sports Medicine has partnered with the Indiana Sports Concussion Network to implement the ImPACT Concussion Management Program at every high school in Indiana.

ASTYM

ASTYM, a regenerative soft tissue therapy rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body.