“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.”

– Michael Phelps


Many people think sports therapy is strictly for athletes who are already injured. Untrue! While physical therapists certainly do focus on treating patients for conditions like sprain, tennis elbow and shin splints, they also specialize in helping athletes unlock their greatest potential – which just so happens goes hand in hand with reducing their risk of injury.


Does Physical Therapy Enhance Athletic Performance?


It sure does! Whether they work for the Minnesota Vikings or casual weekend warriors, a physical therapist offers manifold benefits to athletes who to want improve their performance.


  • Individualized training regimens – Once they have understood your athletic goals and unique anatomy, a physical therapist can develop a customized exercise regimen that will strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments you need to perform at your absolute best. Fortifying weaker parts of your body – especially ones that are vulnerable to certain types of injuries while you are playing certain types of sports – will help you keep active, keep training, and keep improving.


  • Technique improvement – There are over 600 muscles in the human body. Yours must all synergize seamlessly if you intend to achieve peak athletic performance. A physical therapist’s training in kinesiology and biomechanics enables them to perceive flaws in your form while you are performing complex movements, and advise techniques that can help you move more efficiently. That translates to less stress on your body, as well as greater results with less effort.


  • Early problem detection – Just like they can spot room for athletic performance, so too can a physical therapist detect the potential for future injuries. Once they notice a weak or inflexible part of your body, your physical therapist can advise stretches and exercises that will correct the problem before it becomes a painful and debilitating one. Can’t train while you’re injured!


How Does Physical Therapy Maximize Athletic Performance?


Increased coordination. Improved balance. Greater mobility. Reduced pain and risk of injury. These are a physical therapist’s goals for every patient they treat, and they have a lot of different tools for the job.


  • Exercise – Athletes exercise quite often – but they don’t always do all the exercises they need in order to tap into their true potential. A physical therapist can help identify deficiencies in your exercise regimen and teach you new moves that will make it complete.


  • Ultrasound – It’s not just for looking at babies. Ultrasound promotes production of natural healing hormones, and also helps the body deliver them to damaged soft tissues more efficiently. That accelerates recovery from injury, and also lessens the impact of normal wear and tear on an athlete’s body!


  • Joint mobilization – By gently guiding their joints in specific directions, a physical therapist helps their patient realize greater mobility and live with less pain. Although joint mobilization is frequently used for injured patients, it is also effective at preventing serious athletic injuries.


  • Massage – Several types of massage therapy have been shown to increase circulation and decrease muscle tension in already healthy patients. That’s why quarterback Russell Wilson’s seven-figure annual budget for recovery and performance enhancement includes multiple massage therapists.


  • AlterG – The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is quite literally Space Age technology. In addition to accelerating injured patients’ recovery from a wide range of injuries, it helps healthy athletes train while placing significantly less stress on their joints and muscles. The AlterG’s Differential Air Pressure technology effectively reduces a runner’s weight by as much as 80%!


  • Astym – Augmented soft-tissue mobilization (Astym) is a non-invasive treatment that regenerates soft tissues, shrinks scar tissue, and stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities. It is effective for treating a wide range of medical conditions, and it is also beneficial to patients who regularly place enormous stress on their bodies.


If you are an athlete who would like professional help taking your game to the next level, then the best sports therapy clinic in Sioux Falls, SD is at your service. Contact Acucare Physical Therapy today to schedule your initial consultation with one of our physical therapists. Once we have wholly understood where you are and where you want to be, we’ll customize the training and therapeutic regimen that will transform you into the best athlete you can become!