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.
It’s no surprise an 8-hour day on the slopes requires a considerable amount of strength. Proper mechanics and muscle stability play a key role with the high velocity demands of downhill snow sports. Hip strength, in particular, can help control dynamic movement and decrease rotational forces that occur at the knee joint. By controlling the movement of your knees falling inward, you can reduce unwanted joint stress and prevent ligament injury. Hip and core strength are also crucial for maintaining balance and stability as you carve through the trees, weave through moguls, and (for some) get on and off the lift without wiping out.
With all the attention we pay to the material goods of the sport, we tend to forget about our bodies' readiness to hit the slopes. Do your legs have the endurance for a full day of skiing or snowboarding? Is your balance good enough to keep you off the ground? These are essential questions you need to answer before heading to the mountain.
The key to a successful and injury-free day are endurance, strength, agility, and balance. Proper training habits along with the ability to perform the desired movements in a strong, efficient, and safe manner are essential for optimal health and pain-free performance.
• Loss of performance
• Core, pelvic & hip weakness
• Ankle mobility issues
• Balance & stability deficits
• Knee pain
• Low back pain
While these symptoms are common among athletes, they are not normal and should be addressed by a qualified professional. If this sounds like you, click here to get help now.
A population becoming increasingly more affected by injuries is adolescent females, who are 4-6 times more likely than their male counterparts to rupture their ACL. Reasons for this discrepancy can often include adolescent females’ decreased neuromuscular control of lower limb biomechanics at the knee during pivoting, landing, and lateral movements. While this injury is more common among adolescent populations, it can occur at any age among individuals who exhibit decreased lower extremity stability and strength while performing sports and other high-level activities.
Various physical events (injury, illness, surgery, etc.) 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.
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.
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. 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 who knows exactly what you are going through.
Activcore physical therapists assess how you move as it relates to your sport. They apply 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. This is a highly personalized experience delivered by a passionate movement expert fully dedicated to getting you back to 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 ongoing performance training at Activcore.
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• Achilles strain / tear / tendinopathy
• ACL tear / repair / reconstruction
• Ankle pain
• Ankle sprain
• Arthroscopic surgeries
• Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
• Groin strain
• Hamstring strain/tear
• Hip labral tear
• Hip pain
• Hip trochanteric bursitis
• Impingement syndrome
• IT band syndrome
• Joint sprains
• Knee pain
• Labral tears
• Labral surgery
• Ligament injuries
• Low back pain
• Meniscus tear / repair
• Muscle strains
• Nerve injuries
• Osteochrondritis Dissecans
• Patellar tendonitis/tendinopathy
• Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
• Postural dysfunction
• Quadriceps strain/tear
• Sports injuries
• Weak core muscles
"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 at Activcore, and they 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 their 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 them should they ever need it."
- satisfied client