Why do we test function? When you go see a physical therapist, it always starts with an initial examination. When you see a personal trainer or coach, they will most likely use some kind of assessment to get a baseline of your function. Why do we do this? It gives that therapist or coach a starting point. This starting point can tell us a lot about the athlete. It can tell us potentially what is wrong with the athlete when they are injured or are having pain. It can also tell us about muscular imbalances throughout the body that may be contributing to an injury or potentially causing their pain. The initial assessment can also identify mobility issues throughout the body that may be caused by joint restrictions or stability deficits in the muscles.
Testing an athlete can focus on many different things like speed, power, endurance, strength, anaerobic capacity, and others. We cannot possibly focus on all these tests so focusing on neuromuscular control and functional testing is a great place to start.
Check out this blog article to see how we've implemented testing protocols for professional level athletes to help keep them healthy.
• Core weakness
• Muscle imbalances (from overcompensation)
• Low back pain and muscle strain
• Increased incidence of injuries
• Drop in performance
• Decrease in training capacity
• Pelvic health issues (urinary incontinence, abnormal menstrual cycles, etc.)
While these symptoms are common among athletes, they are not normal and should be addressed by a qualified healthcare provider.
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Most athletes will develop pain or sustain an injury at some point, but that doesn’t mean the problem starts or ends there. For many athletes, the underlying cause of musculoskeletal injuries 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.
At Activcore, we can reverse this cycle through a unique neuromuscular approach, called Redcord.
Activcore specialists are uniquely qualified to assess athletes. The assessment involves your whole body 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.
Once your pain has been addressed, you will have the opportunity to continue honing your movement through performance training. You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. This is a highly personalized experience delivered by a movement expert fully dedicated to getting you back to the sport you love to play.
• Achilles tendinopathy
• AC joint repair surgery
• Arthroscopic surgeries
• Bicep tendon surgery
• Biceps tendinitis / tendonitis
• Cervical spine dysfunction
• Decreased rotational mobility
• Elbow instability
• 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
• 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
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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 was looking for assistance with my golf clients who were dealing with pain while trying to play. Luckily I met Bryan, and after talking with and being treated by him I was very confident in his abilities as a therapist and was able to refer my clients to him. From there, we formed a partnership in which we put clients through the TPI golf mobility screen, as well as a TPI performance screen. Thanks to Bryan and his extremely detailed work assessing movement, pain, and dysfunction, our clients had a detailed plan in place from the very first assessment.
Partnering with a TPI Medical Professional has been a huge benefit in helping my students improve their swing. Everyone's physical make up is different, so it is imperative to understand the limitations of my students. By partnering with a therapist, we can discuss what needs to be done in order to help a student with their game. The TPI approach to instruction is vital. Having Dr. Bryan Lynd in my corner has helped take my instruction to another level!
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