Athletes are the gladiators of the modern era. They are pinnacles of fitness and skill who face off to become the champions of their sport. However, these gladiators are not superheroes, they are humans who have to worry about injury just as much as any other person. In fact, they are even more susceptible to injury than non-athletes. The intense and violent nature of many sports, especially football can lead to injuries that can ruin a career, or even a life.
Luckily, with the advances that modern medicine has given us, athletic physical therapy is one of the best options for recovering from an injury. Because of the frequency of sports-related injuries, physical therapists have created specific exercises and practices to help athletes recover to full help in the quickest way possible. However, as with all forms of medicine, not all who practice it are equal.
If you are an athlete who is in need of physical therapy, you need to be discerning when it comes to who you choose to work with you. All in all, most physical therapists know what they are doing. As medical professionals, they are heavily trained in their field. What you need to look for is how easy they are to work with. A good physical therapist is patient and will only work within your limits. If a physical therapist is pushing you too far out of your comfort zone, it is possible that they can even contribute to further injury.
When you begin physical therapy, it is important to let your therapist know what causes you pain or makes things difficult for you. Physical therapy is a process that takes time. You are not going to get better overnight. If you take things slow, many injuries will heal back to normal and you will be back out on the field, good as new.