THE
ROTATIONAL
ATHLETE

Golf, tennis, baseball, softball and other rotational sports can be very physically demanding activities that require lots of joint mobility and stability. The rotational forces on the extremities and axial skeleton make the body vulnerable to injuries at various points of stress in the swing of a golf club, tennis racket, or softball bat. Often a decrease in mobility in one area leads to an increased load on the neighboring joint. With multiple repetitions during a game, these rotational forces compound themselves and potentially cause overuse or strain/sprain type injuries.

What happens when your body gets in the way of playing sports?

• Neck and low back pain
• Shoulder and elbow pain
• Thoracic stiffness
• Hip tightness
• Core weakness

• Loss of swing velocity
• Inconsistent ball contact
• Fatigue
• Decreased mobility into backswing and follow through

While these conditions are common among rotational athletes, they are not normal and should be addressed by a qualified practitioner. If this sounds like you, click here to get help now.

Most athletes will develop pain or sustain an injury in their neck and/or back at some point, but that doesn’t mean the problem starts or ends there. For many athletes, the underlying cause of musculoskeletal pain comes from a lack of coordination and control of the muscles that stabilize movements in your shoulders, pelvis, hips, spine and extremities.

The ability to properly sequence how all of these pieces work together as a unit is called neuromuscular control. Many physical events (sports injuries, orthopedic surgeries, changes in the body as a young athlete grows, etc.) can disrupt the way your neuromuscular system functions. Over time, the brain loses its capacity to switch on the right muscles, at the right time, with the right amount of strength. A process known as neuromuscular de-activation.

As you lose muscle control, there's a tendency for the body to put abnormal stress on your joints in an attempt to maintain the same level of activity. This can often lead to a vicious cycle of pain, weakness and dysfunction.

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How can Activcore help?

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.

If you have been experiencing any 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 injury. We can then create an individualized program to improve mobility, stability, strength and endurance. 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 sports.

If you have undergone surgery, 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 functional 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.

THE ACTIVCORE DIFFERENCE

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.

We focus on how you move to get to the underlying root cause of your injury or pain. For instance, we use the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) model of assessing the body for physical limitations that may arise in the golf swing. Using a rigorous assessment process and extensive data that Titleist has collected on thousands of golfers (both amateur and professional), we know how one’s body should move in order to facilitate a mechanically sound golf swing. When we identify these physical limitations in your body, we can then implement a plan of care that addresses them. Through a specific movement based assessment for golf, we can also reduce the incidence of injury, improve performance, and keep you on the golf course longer.

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 smart, 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.

Common
Conditions
We Treat

• Achilles tendinopathy
• AC joint repair surgery
• Arthroscopic surgeries
• Bicep tendon surgery
• Biceps tendinitis / tendonitis
• Cervical spine dysfunction
• Decreased rotational mobility
• Elbow instability
• Epicondylitis
• Fractures
• Frozen shoulder
• Golfers elbow
• Hip pain
• Impingement syndrome
• Joint sprains
• Knee pain
• Labral tears
• Labral surgery
• Lateral epicondylalgia / epicondylitis
• Ligament injuries
• Lower back pain
• Lumbar disc herniation
• Lumbar spine dysfunction
• Medial epicondylalgia / epicondylitis
• Muscle strains

• Neck pain
• Nerve injuries
• Patellofemoral pain syndrome
• Plantar fasciitis
• Postural dysfunction
• Rotator cuff dysfunction
• Rotator cuff repair surgery
• Rotator cuff tears
• Scapular dyskinesis
• Sciatica
• Shoulder dislocation
• Shoulder (glenohumeral) instability
• Shoulder replacement surgery
• Shoulder subluxation
• SLAP repair surgery
• SLAP tears
• Sports injuries
• Tendinitis / Tendonitis
• Tendon injuries
• Tennis elbow
• Thoracic outlet syndrome
• Thoracic spine dysfunction
• Tommy John surgery
• Ulnar collateral ligament injury
• Ulnar tunnel syndrome
• Weakness

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