Don’t Get Stuck on the Sidelines With an Injury That Could Have Been Prevented by ProRehab Therapists

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ProRehab physical and occupational therapists and certified athletic trainers will be providing high school physicals on May 7, 2011 at Tri-State Orthopedics. Physicals will include an injury risk assessment and screening by primary care, family practice, and orthopaedic physicians.

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We can identify where athletes have weaknesses and show them ways to strengthen these areas. Every high school athlete should take advantage of these physicals. It’s a no-brainer!

ProRehab physical and occupational therapists and certified athletic trainers will be providing high school physicals on May 7, 2011 at Tri-State Orthopedics. Physicals will include an injury risk assessment and screening by primary care, family practice, and orthopaedic physicians. No matter what an athlete’s sport; on the field, court, track, or mat, minimizing downtime and missed school time is critical. The successful athlete can not afford to miss one practice, game, or event. ProRehab physical and occupational therapists and certified athletic trainers are experts in assessing risk for hard to predict injuries and in identifying steps that keep athletes playing.

An Injury Risk Assessment is comprised of a Functional Movement Screen and a Y-Balance Test. It is a movement-oriented assessment to evaluate an athlete’s risk of injury before the injury occurs. ProRehab therapists use these test results to reduce the risk of injury and to identify performance enhancing strategies for the athlete. The therapists can also share the interpreted results with coaches, trainers, and physicians.

“For cross country runners or football players looking to play in college, unknown weaknesses, if left alone, can sideline even the best of these athletes,” states Paul Gorman, ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainer. “It’s not worth taking the risk of not having these tests.”

A Functional Movement Screen is a test to determine “how well you move” and discover hidden weaknesses before they turn into injuries that affect performance, hampering an athlete’s potential. A Y-Balance Test is a quick and easy balance-based test used to assess an athlete’s risk for injury. It is highly accurate and can also be used for measuring pre and post rehabilitation performance, evaluating improvement after performance enhancement programs, and determining return to sport readiness.

Research in the February 2010 Journal of Strength and Conditioning suggests that Functional Movement Screens can be “confidently used to assess the movement patterns of athletes and to make decisions related to interventions for performance enhancement…and assist in identifying athletes at risk for injury.” By improving fundamental movement patterns and eliminating asymmetries, ProRehab therapists can set a solid foundation upon which the athlete can improve performance.

“Functional Movement Screens and Injury Risk Assessments are proven to prevent injury for athletes,” explains Beth Ross, ProRehab physical therapist. “We can identify where athletes have weaknesses and show them ways to strengthen these areas. Every high school athlete should take advantage of these physicals. It’s a no-brainer!”

Top professional and NCAA sports organizations currently using these same screens to assess injury risk and keep their athletes playing include: The National Football League, The Texas Rangers, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcolns, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Baylor University, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Indians, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of Georgia, United States Military, University of Texas, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin, University of Missouri Basketball, Ohio State University, and Oklahoma City Thunder.

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. Along the way, the ProRehab family has fun and makes friends with their patients; patients are actually sad to leave after their treatment is over! Find ProRehab on Facebook, @ProRehab on Twitter, and FourSquare.

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