The concept of sports injury rehabilitation is based on the idea that injury is a result of tightened or weakened tissues. By targeting these tissues with stretching and strengthening exercises, we are removing the inciting cause of injury development.
This sounds simple, but it is very important to have knowledge of the proper technique and training principles. It is also critical that the clinician remain up-to-date on the most current and effective forms of exercise.
For example, if you have ever had a shoulder injury, you may have been prescribed internal and external rotation exercises with tubing. While these are effective in increasing the strength of your rotator cuff, it has been shown in recent studies that it is the scapulothoracic joint (the muscular articulation between your shoulder blade and your rib cage) that requires strengthening and attention rather than the glenohumeral joint (the joint between your shoulder blade and your arm). It is a scapular malposition that alters the mechanics of the glenohumeral joint, and therefore predisposes to injury. Exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles that retract and depress the shoulder joint will restore proper joint mechanics and decrease the threat of injury. Exercises aimed solely at strengthening the glenohumeral joint will only serve to further reinforce the scapular malposition that caused the injury in the first place. (For more information on this topic, click here).
This is just a single example of how to apply knowledge of sports injury rehabilitation. For more information related to your injury, please call for a consultation.