So what do I mean by crutch therapies? Well, there’s 2 parts to this. First, what I mean is relying on someone who only uses a magic wand – these are fancy and expensive gadgets that some people will sell you on as the next big thing to try get your athlete better. Things that may seem like the newest and greatest invention in most cases are simply a waste of time and money.
In the second part of this I’m referring to seeing someone who only uses passive therapies. This means anything else that doesn’t give your athlete an active role in their recovery. While these can be an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan, you never want your athlete to become reliant on someone or something to find relief.
A good practitioner will show your athlete how to take control of their recovery.
This is another huge problem in all sports. In many cases when an athlete is cleared to Return To Play they may not be in pain, but are not actually prepared for what is required of them in competition. In some cases they may even be far less prepared than they should be. This often happens because they were in a one size fits all rehab program that was not specifically designed for their needs. In many cases they may have completely stopped all physical activity.
I can’t stress this enough! It’s very important that your athlete continues to maintain a high level of fitness during the rehabilitation process.
A quality rehab practitioner who understands the needs of your athlete will make sure this happens.
To keep a problem from coming back you must figure out what is causing it in the first place. In the case of many athletes this is never addressed. It’s easy to get caught up in focusing solely on the symptoms such as the painful area and what needs to be done to get out of pain. But it is very important to figure out what caused that pain and address that as well.
Often times this doesn’t mean doing something extra either. But rather making a simple modification to the current training routine, movement strategies, or possibly changing the focus of the athletes physical preparation.
You need to find someone who will help you develop a proactive plan rather than only a reactive plan.
This might even deserve to be number 1. Proper recovery is by far one of the biggest parts missing from many athlete’s program for success. Working hard is a given. But without taking the time to allow the body to recover and adapt to the stress encountered during training or competition, there will be negative consequences. This doesn’t only mean physical stress such as training, but also accounting for mental stress from a full load of classes and just being a teenager.
Sometimes less is more. It’s important to have a good understanding of when to press on the gas and when to put on the brakes. If your athlete is constantly complaining of being sore, tired, and just generally lacking energy, it may have more to do with limited recovery than a low level of fitness. Chronic lack of recovery is an injury waiting to happen.
Someone with the proper training will be able to help you identify when this is happening.
There are many people available who are very passionate about helping your athlete succeed. Putting off getting help in many cases will result in a longer recovery time and more problems down the line. A qualified professional will be able to address all of the concerns that we’ve already discussed. They will be able to provide key insights to what may or may not be contributing to your athletes recurring injuries.
Don’t get caught up in playing detective or guess work. Allow someone who has dedicated their life to helping athletes like yours succeed, to lend their professional expertise.
This is by far the best way to ensure your athlete is on track for success.
If you need help in preventing or dealing with recurrent injuries in your youth athlete, then feel free to reach out to us and we can help you get things done the right way.
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