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Sports Rehabilitation

You love your sports and deeply value the advantages derived from engaging in these activities. You dedicate significant time to refining your skills and adhering to optimal approaches to prevent injuries. But accidents happen. When they do, sports rehab can help get you through the obstacles and get back in action. At CAO Sports Performance Center our team of specialists focus on sports health, healing, performance, and injury prevention to help you realize your potential. 

What is sports rehabilitation?

Sports rehabilitation is a specialized area of healthcare that focuses on the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions related to sports and physical activity. Its primary goal is to help athletes and individuals return to their optimal physical performance and functional level after experiencing an injury, surgery, or other physical setbacks. The diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries requires a multidisciplinary team.

What are the key components of sports rehabilitation?

  • Assessment and Diagnosis: Sports rehabilitation professionals, such as physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sports medicine doctors, assess the nature and extent of an individual’s injury or condition. They use a combination of physical examinations, imaging tests, and medical history to diagnose the issue accurately.
  • Treatment Planning: Based on the diagnosis, a personalized treatment plan is developed. This plan may include various interventions such as therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, modalities (e.g., heat, cold, electrical stimulation), and functional training to address specific impairments and restore mobility, strength, and flexibility.
  • Pain Management: Managing pain and inflammation is often a crucial aspect of sports rehabilitation. Techniques like manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and pain-relieving modalities are used to reduce discomfort and enhance the healing process.
  • Progressive Exercises: Gradually, individuals are guided through a series of exercises and activities tailored to their specific needs. These exercises are designed to improve muscle strength, joint stability, balance, and coordination, while also promoting proper movement patterns.
  • Functional Training: As individuals progress, they may engage in exercises that mimic the demands of their specific sport or physical activity. This helps bridge the gap between basic rehabilitation and a return to their desired level of athletic performance.
  • Injury Prevention: Sports rehabilitation not only focuses on healing current injuries but also emphasizes strategies to prevent future injuries. This might involve identifying movement patterns that contribute to injury risk and addressing them through corrective exercises and education.
  • Education: Athletes are educated about their condition, the importance of proper body mechanics, injury prevention techniques, and self-care strategies to manage their health in the long term.
  • Collaboration: Sports rehabilitation often involves collaboration between various healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, sports medicine doctors, and sometimes nutritionists and psychologists. This multidisciplinary approach ensures comprehensive care.

Sports rehabilitation is not limited to professional athletes; it extends to people of all ages and activity levels who engage in sports or physical activities. The ultimate aim is to help individuals regain their physical function, reduce the risk of re-injury, and achieve their personal fitness and athletic goals.

The Bridging Program

At CAO Sports Performance Center in California, Leonardtown, and Waldorf Maryland, we offer a range of programs including a Bridging Program: Return to Sports program for athletes who have suffered an injury. It takes rehabilitation to the next level. It helps to bridge the gap from the time you are discharged from physical therapy until you reach your goals to prepare you to meet your next challenge or sports goal. A one-on-one results-driven transition program to


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