Professional Physical Therapy cares about athletes and can provide valuable injury prevention tips to help them reduce their injury risk, so they stay on the field and off the treatment tables. In fact, according to the National Athletic Training Association, more than half of youth sports injuries are preventable! That’s why we want you to know how to avoid being part of this statistic.
We encourage all athletes to follow the series of exercises in the Injury Prevention videos provided below. We’ve also included a version with Faults & Fixes to point out common errors and how to self-correct for optimal outcomes, as well as separate versions for young male athletes and young female athletes.
Reduce risk of injury by following these instructional Injury Prevention videos today!
Injury Prevention for Girls Soccer - With Faults and Fixes
Request injury prevention services for young athletes today.
Our physical therapists will customize an injury prevention plan just for you.
Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (CT)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
BMC (Boston Medical Center – MA)
Cigna (ASH - MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (NH, MA, CT)
Health New England (MA)
Homelink (MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
Medicare (NH, MA, CT)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
Prime Health Services (CT)
SPNET (Workers' Comp - MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
TRICARE (NH, MA, CT)
Tufts Health Plan (NH, MA, CT)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
UniCare (NH, MA)
United Health Care (Optum – NH, MA, CT)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
There are several strategies for preventing sports injuries, many of which you can practice on your own. Here are a few to keep in mind.
It may sound obvious, but stretching and warming up before any strenuous physical activity will drastically reduce your risk of injury. Without this warm-up, the body is going into the activity unprepared and susceptible to strain. Always end with a cool down and stretching to reduce the likelihood of muscle soreness
Staying hydrated is essential to injury prevention. Athletes should always be well hydrated throughout the entire day, regardless of whether or not they are engaging in physical activity. When the body is dehydrated, it can’t perform properly, which can lead to muscular problems, headaches, or heart disorders.
A well-balanced diet is the key to staying healthy as a competitive athlete. Your diet is your body’s fuel, so you need to make sure that what you’re putting into your body is actually going to keep the engine running. If you don’t receive enough vitamins and nutrients from a balanced diet, your athletic performance will suffer and you’ll find yourself at greater risk of injury,, including muscle soreness and cramping.
This is a key aspect of what you will learn in a physical therapy regimen. Designed to establish a balance between strength, flexibility, biomechanics, and training, consistent functional training is integral to preventing injury. The body is capable of a vast range of motions, but it needs to be trained in those motions so it knows how to perform them safely. Functional training will simulate movements you may perform at work, home, school, or on the field, so your body develops the appropriate muscle memory. Regular functional training will make your muscles more stable and less injury-prone.
Whether you do this with a strength and conditioning coach or sports physical therapist, maintaining a high level of fitness during the offseason and preseason is important to getting your body in shape and reducing your injury risk. Staying active, practicing your sport, and hitting the gym for even moderate workouts, will not only help prevent injury, but also increase your performance. Your strength and conditioning coach or physical therapist can help you develop a conditioning program tailored specifically to your sport and your fitness goals.
We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness during and after therapy.