Have you ever wondered: What does a physical therapist actually do? Aren’t they just for people who have had surgery? Don't they just do massage? How can they possibly help me with my overhead sport? These are some of the questions we hear all the time from athletes.
Well, let's clear this up. Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care, and patient education. Some physical therapists pursue advanced specialization in helping athletes with overhead sports, like volleyball, baseball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, and track & field events.
Many of these "sports injury specialists" got into physical therapy as a career, after sustaining and recovering from their own overhead injuries. I can include myself among this group. As a former varsity softball player at Cornell University, I have a special interest in overhead athletes of all levels, genders and ages. You can read more about my story here.
As an overhead athlete, you put unique stresses on your body. Therefore, you could benefit from the observant eyes, skilled hands, and thoughtful exercises of a physical therapist in order to stay healthy and at the top of your game. A qualified physical therapist can be your "go-to" person to work on your musculoskeletal system on a preventative basis, not just when an injury crisis strikes.