Whether you’re a college athlete, professional athlete or just a weekend warrior who has a drive to perform at the highest level, we see you. Sports performance is built on talent and grit; it’s formed by working on your craft, honing your skills to outplay the competition.
Just like any good athlete knows, you win as a team. And at Lattimore Physical Therapy, we’re on your team, in the trenches with you showing you how to move better, faster and stronger and how to reduce your risk of injury to keep you on the field and in the game longer.
In this page, we’re going to walk you through exactly what sports performance therapy is, what to expect during your sessions and the benefits of this type of training.
What Is Sports Performance Training?
Sports performance training is a series of specialized exercises and stretches (and in some cases training drills) designed to target specific muscle groups, analyze movements, and train your body to perform at the highest (and safest) level of performance.
Some of the modalities and training you may receive during sports performance therapy include:
- Therapeutic exercise — Your physical therapist will likely recommend a series of exercises to target specific muscle groups to not only make you stronger, but also to protect at-risk joints like knees, ankles and wrists, so you can stay in the game longer. These exercises will pinpoint precise muscles that are often overlooked in normal training settings.
- Active and passive stretching — Good athletes know that stretching is a critical part of keeping your body in tiptop shape to play. It’s also one of the best ways to help prevent future injuries. Sports performance therapy almost always includes active and passive stretching to target specific areas related to the joints and muscle groups used during play. Your stretches may be manual or assisted with traction machines.
- Joint mobilization — Athletes suffer extreme wear and tear on their joints. For baseball players, it’s the elbow and shoulder. For football, it’s knees and ankles. Sports performance therapy often includes joint mobilization, which actively works the soft tissue within your joints to help prevent tearing and improve range of motion.
What to Expect During Your Sports Performance Session
You can expect to kick off your sports performance therapy with a series of questions to better understand your performance goals. Once you and your physical therapist agree on goals, you may be asked to complete a series of monitored movements, so your physical therapist can assess your coordination and mechanics. You may also be asked to complete a benchmark workout session so you will have some initial stats to measure your progress.
You should come to your sports performance therapy session dressed to work out. Please wear the appropriate clothing and shoes to train for your sport (no cleats, unless told otherwise). You should also bring water and be sure to eat more than 30 minutes before you come. We don’t recommend training on an empty stomach or an incredibly full stomach.
Benefits of Sports Performance Training
There are a number of benefits to sports performance training, but the most prominent benefits include:
- Increased strength and endurance
- Better muscle mechanics and techniques
- Reduced risk of injury
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Overall greater performance, both mentally and physically
If you’re ready to take your sports performance to the next level, contact our team to schedule an appointment today or visit our locations page to find the clinic nearest you. Remember, athletes don’t win without their team; we’re ready to help you achieve your performance goals.