Sports Physical Therapy

Our staff in Kensington Maryland are highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injuries, knowledge of biomechanics, and tissue pathology and healing. We ensure to conduct thorough sports physical assessments, treatment, and rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal injuries to help get you back to the sport you love to play.

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What Is Sports Physical Therapy?

Sports physical therapy is defined by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) as “[professionals who] work with athletes to prevent sports injury and evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate athletes who have become injured.” Our sports therapists in Kensington can work specifically with athletes of all calibers. From professional athletes to the weekend warrior; sports therapy can be used by sports teams, or individuals in designing treatment plans for optimizing workouts and preventing injury, as well as addressing and healing injury after physical activities occur.

What Does an Sports Physical Therapist Do?

Sports physical therapy is a great way to reach and maintain peak performance, whether you are recovering from an injury or working to improve your athletic skills. Through tailored training and rehabilitation programs, sports physical therapists can help you identify and set individual goals, as well as guide you through the process of achieving them.

During sessions, they will evaluate progress made towards the goals and make changes to programs to ensure optimal performance. The personalized nature of these sessions means that athletes can develop their skills gradually over time while minimizing potential setbacks due to injuries. It also enables them to get the most out of their training and increase their chances of success in any sport.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Wear to My First Appointment?
For your first sports physical therapy appointment, it’s important to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Avoid wearing jewelry or accessories that could get in the way of the therapist’s assessment and treatment. Additionally, make sure to bring along appropriate footwear such as sneakers or workout shoes, if necessary. Doing so will help ensure you have a safe and effective session with your physical therapist.
Is Sports Physical Therapy Painful?
No, sports physical therapy is not necessarily painful. It can help to reduce pain by improving strength, flexibility and mobility, while also addressing any underlying issues that may be contributing to the pain. A physical therapist will assess your injury or condition and create an individualized plan of care to optimize your recovery and improve performance. This plan typically includes exercise, manual therapy techniques, modalities such as ice or heat as needed, and education on proper body mechanics when participating in activities. Depending upon your condition or injury it may include activities that are uncomfortable but necessary for progress towards goals.
How is My Progress Measured?

Your sports physical therapy progress is measured using a variety of tests and assessments. The goals of the tests are to assess mobility, strength, coordination, and balance. Tests such as gait analysis, range of motion testing (ROM), muscle power testing, manual muscle testing (MMT), functional movement screens (FMS) can help determine an individual’s fitness level prior to beginning an exercise program. Performance tests such as 1-rep max or vertical jump measurements can also be used for more athletic-based goals. Progress should be re-evaluated every 4-6 weeks to ensure that the program is progressing in the right direction.

Will My Insurance Cover Physical Therapy?

We do not take insurance plans. However, we can provide a super bill at the end of your visit. You can provide your insurance with the super bill to help receive a reimbursement payment.

What to Expect From Your Visit

At your sports therapy visit, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your injury and how it is impacting your ability to perform daily activities. The physical therapist will review your medical history, assess any range of motion issues or weakened muscle groups, and discuss treatment goals with you.

A treatment plan may include various exercises, stretches, manual techniques such as massage or joint mobilization, therapeutic modalities including ultrasound and electrical stimulation for pain relief and improved function. Your physical therapists work to provide advice about activity modification to help prevent further injury or pain.