Injury Prevention Program
When you spend months and months practicing and honing in your skills for a sports season, you want to be sure that you are in your best condition possible when the season rolls around. Everyone knows that an injury to one key player can cause the events of an entire season to change in an instant. JAG Physical Therapy understands this concern, and offers an Injury Prevention Program to both athletes and non-athletes alike. This program aims to help participants ready their body for the stresses that participating in a sporting event or activity may place on the body, thus reducing the risk of potential injury that they may suffer while participating or practicing.
Major Types of Sports Injuries
There are two major types of sports-related injuries, overuse injuries and traumatic injuries. Overuse injuries can be best described by a rubber band. If you pull on a rubber band, it will flex, then return to its original shape. Over time, the rubber band will begin to take on an elongated shape when it’s pulled on, until it finally breaks from the repeated motion of being pulled. In younger athletes, overuse injuries of the bones, muscles, and tendons account for over half of all sports injuries that middle school and high school student athletes suffer from. Many times, these injuries can be prevented by substantial rest periods, and proper training of the muscular system to best prepare the athlete for the stresses that their sport may put on their body.
Traumatic injuries are the ones that tend to be unavoidable, but there are ways to help prepare your body for these types of high stress injuries. A traumatic injury most commonly occurs when there is a violent collision, whether it is between two athletes, or an athlete and the ground. These injuries can affect bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Certain body movements required by different sports can place strain on areas of the body that may not be structurally prepared to handle that load. Movements such as collisions, cutting, landing, pivoting, and over-striding can lead to a traumatic injury. A common injury that we see at JAG Physical Therapy is the ACL tear, which can sideline athletes for up to one year and require vigorous physical therapy and rehabilitation. With proper training and conditioning, ACL injuries are actually avoidable.
John Gallucci’s Book
JAG Physical Therapy’s President and Founder, John Gallucci, Jr. has authored a book titled Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches. This book discusses many of the techniques that JAG physical therapists utilize in helping patients develop their bodies to be able to resist both overuse and traumatic injuries. Major League Soccer, New York City FC, Seton Hall University, and the New Jersey Devils trust JAG Physical Therapy to consult and aid their players with the proper methods to take care of themselves, both during the season, and following an injury. To get started with JAG Physical Therapy, visit one of our 15 locations throughout New Jersey and New York. We currently operate offices in West Orange, Warren, Hackensack, Cedar Knolls, Union, Old Bridge, Woodbridge, Princeton, Fairfield, Holmdel, Chatham, Sleepy Hollow, Hawthorne, Yonkers and Midtown Manhattan. Call us today to schedule an appointment to meet with a physical therapist and to discuss your injury prevention needs, or contact us through our website.