ProRehab Helps Reduce Risk of Injury for 300 Local Student Athletes

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ProRehab, a privately owned physical therapy company, recently helped make local high school sports safer by testing more than 300 local student athletes at the 2013 high school physical day and fundraising event.

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We identified a number of athletes today, talked to their parents, talked to their coaches, and scheduled them with a physical therapist to get corrections underway.

ProRehab, a privately owned physical therapy company, recently helped make local high school sports safer by testing more than 300 local student athletes at the 2013 high school physical day and fundraising event. ProRehab Physical and Occupational Therapists donated their time to perform Functional Movement Screens and Y-Balance Tests, which help young athletes understand why injuries may occur and how to help prevent these injuries from happening. Other healthcare professionals that participated in the event were Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons, Tri-State Community Clinics, and USI Nurse Practitioners.

“During the screening process several student athletes showed scores that identified a risk of injury,” states Dr. Pat Wempe, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, ProRehab owner and Physical Therapist. “This is really the home run for pre-participation testing because by informing parents of their child’s risk, we can effectively follow-up with proper treatment for those individuals.”

“Improving performance by improving their basic building block, functional movement, is the key to keeping the athlete on the field,” Dr. Wempe continues. “We identified a number of athletes today, talked to their parents, talked to their coaches, and scheduled them with a physical therapist to get corrections underway.”

A Functional Movement Screen is a test to determine “how well you move” and discover hidden weaknesses before they affect performance or turn into injuries. A Y-Balance Test is a quick and easy balance-based test used to assess an athlete’s risk for injury.

ProRehab Physical and Occupational Therapists and Certified Athletic Trainers are the Best First Choice® for injury prevention, performance enhancement, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions for student athletes and their families in the tri-state area. For more information about ProRehab please visit ProRehab-PC.com.

About ProRehab:
ProRehab is a private physical therapy practice with locations in Evansville, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. Known for teaching and training physical therapists throughout the region, ProRehab physical therapists are proud that patients ask their doctors to send them to ProRehab for orthopaedic care. They deliver hands-on physical and occupational therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and sports and work injuries. Find ProRehab on Facebook, @ProRehab on Twitter, and FourSquare.

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