Some sports injuries are the result of direct trauma others from overuse. After many miles or hours participating in a sport, an athlete may develop tendon, ligament and joint pain. Evaluating injured tissue is just the beginning of your rehabilitation at SALINAS. Our staff of therapists, movement experts, and board-certified specialists are experienced at finding the cause of your pain. We often use video motion capture technology in our assessments to analyze movement to look for potential risk factors for injury.
Our therapists conduct a needs analysis to outline the specific needs of your sport. Some athletes require strength and power, and others need muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness. We use the same training methods professional athletes use to help you recover safely. This method is called “Periodization” which we have adapted to rehabilitation.
Periodization training is useful because it takes advantage of the body’s vast potential for adaptation. Periodization training breaks the program into phases where fitness and, in the case of an injury, healing is guided in a scientifically logical sequence. We structure the periods to mimic the phases of healing (inflammation, proliferation, and maturation) so that we allow the injured tissue to heal and remodel. What sets us apart is that after the injury heals and traditional therapy ends, we design functional progression drills as soon as the athlete is ready.
A functional progression is a series of basic sport-specific movement patterns graduated according to the difficulty of the skill and athlete’s tolerance. The exercise progression for a basketball player will be much different than a baseball player. Many of our staff are athletes and understand the demands of various sports. The end goal of functional progression is an athlete’s timely and safe return to competition.