The physical demands of athletes are uniquely different from the general population who do not engage in similar activity. Likewise, physical therapy for this special population should not be given a conventional approach.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is an all too common knee injury in athletes participating in high-level sports like soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, snowboarding and skiing. Your ACL is a key structure to provide rotational stability to the knee, as well as it prevents your tibia from translating forward in front of the femur. Injury can occur when an increased force (usually rotational) occurs at the knee joint during non-contact maneuvers such as pivoting or cutting. It can also occur via direct contact with another player on the field.
An accumulation of physical and physiological stresses can also put the athlete at risk of injury. Proper training habits along with the ability of the athlete to perform the desired movements in a strong, efficient, and safe manner are essential for optimal health and pain-free performance.
ACL Injury Prevention
Unfortunately for some, it is difficult to determine when an ACL injury may occur. However, if you have been experiencing any knee, hip, ankle or even low back pain and participate in high-level sports, it is a good idea to see a physical therapist. We specialize in movement and can utilize certain screens and testing to determine if you are at a high risk for an ACL injury. We can then create an individualized program to improve mobility, stability and strength in the core, hips and lower extremities. These programs can be especially critical to implement into youth sports programs as warm-ups to improve mechanics and reduce the risk of injury during games.
ACL Rehabilitation & Recovery
Even after an injury has occurred and you have undergone surgical repair, physical therapy is an imperative next step toward recovery. Early on in the recovery process, the focus is on pain control, range of motion, and gait training. As you move through the recovery timeline the focus shifts to work on progressive strengthening and neuromuscular control. Balance exercises are critical to regaining stability and control of lower extremity movement. Late stage rehab should encompass sport specific and reactive movements, neuromuscular control, strength training, and cardio.
What happens when your knee gets in the way of participating in your sport?
While these symptoms are common among athletes, they are not normal and should be addressed by a qualified healthcare provider.
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When you train at relatively high intensities as an athlete, you are placing more demands on your body in order to attain a specific level of fitness or performance. As with any physical activity that challenges you to push your boundaries, you are subject to an elevated risk of injury.
A population becoming increasingly more affected is adolescent females, who are 4-6 times more likely than their male counterparts to rupture their ACL. Reasons for this discrepancy can include adolescent females’ decreased neuromuscular control of lower limb biomechanics at the knee during pivoting, landing, and lateral movements. However more common this injury is in the adolescent population, it is still likely to occur in an individual at any age who exhibits decreased lower extremity stability and strength while performing high-level tasks or sports. These events can disrupt your brain's capacity to switch on the right muscle, at the right time, and with the right amount of strength. Without the proper stability system, known as neuromuscular deactivation, this loss of muscle control impairs your ability to properly stabilize joints through their range of motion. Specifically in the knee joint, the ACL becomes more susceptible to increased stress and forces may exceed its capacity, leading to strain or rupture.
Working with athletes is typically not a big part of a physical therapist’s education. It is a specialty area requiring much further study, training, and practice following graduation.
At Activcore, you will be matched with a physical therapist who specializes in treating athletes. Unlike the "typical" PT who probably doesn't even play sports, you will have a specialist PT who knows exactly what you are going through.
Activcore provides you with the space, equipment, and qualified physical therapists to improve your performance and enhance your recovery. We have experience implementing preventative warm-up programs and analyzing body mechanics before and after the season to track improvements in physical activities, such as box depth jump, single leg squat, and landing mechanics.
Activcore physical therapists are also recognized nationally as a leading authority in the application of Redcord, a suspension exercise system designed to help you develop a smarter, balanced body through the power of neuromuscular activation.
Your physical therapist will assess how you move as it relates to your sport. This is a holistic approach to identify not only the site of injury, but the true source of any pain, weakness and dysfunction. Addressing the underlying cause is absolutely essential for healing an injury, preventing recurrence, and keeping you healthy and at a peak level of performance. The progression of your physical therapy treatments should be a reflection of the type of activity you are trying to get back to doing.
You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. A highly personalized experience delivered by a passionate movement expert fully dedicated to getting you back and keeping you in the sport or training activity that you love. Once your pain has been addressed, you will have the opportunity to continue honing your movement through performance training at Activcore.
I am a very active person, I snowboard, lift weights, do yoga, dance, paddle board... you name it. So when I woke up the next day after snowboarding and couldn't bear any weight on my right knee, I was so worried. I immediately booked an appointment with Rachel, and she got right to work assessing my pain and creating a plan to get me back on the mountain as quickly and safely as possible. The Redcord system at Activcore is truly amazing, and Rachel's ability to talk me through the process and provide exercises that I could do on my own got me back on my snowboard in six weeks. I've never been more thankful to be healthy and active again. The price of this service is SO worth it, I'll be sending everyone I know to see Rachel should they ever need it.
Highly recommend this clinic for PT, especially Gavin Ongsingco. It is obvious he is extremely knowledgeable, well trained, and dedicated to his work. When I started with Gavin I had only 2 months to improve before moving out of state for work. I progressed very quickly and many of my problems that had been overlooked for years or could not be identified by other physical therapists he was able to address. I have had many sports injuries throughout my life and have seen more than a dozen different PTs, he is definitely one of the best! I would definitely fly back to Denver to have him evaluate me if I needed it in the future, his skills are unmatched!
Activcore is unlike anything I have ever experienced. One patient, one provider, one hour – one at a time, every time. If you’re serious about your physical therapy and recovery, this is the only place to go!
I've only gotten excellent, effective care at Activcore. They have helped me through a long post-surgery rehab with skill and kindness that have been key to my recovery.