Many people who follow the world of sports can attest that today’s athletes are coming back more quickly than almost ever before. Whether they break their legs, blow out their elbows, or suffer knee injuries, athletes are getting the surgery that they need and heading back onto the field as quickly as they can. Many people credit modern surgical techniques for this movement forward. In some ways, this is true. Good surgeons are able to do solid procedures that get people out onto the field sooner than usual. One must also look to innovations in sports physical therapy to understand the movement forward.
The sports physical therapy of New York has taken steps forward with what is known as “aggressive” therapy. This kind of therapy seeks to ensure that athletes are given the ability to step onto the field as quickly as possible. Aggressive therapy entails putting the athlete to the test in a way that is reasonable, but also understanding of the ability of the athlete. Aggressive therapists understand that they can craft treatments that push the limits of what the athlete is capable of. Can the athlete cut? Can the athlete jump? Can the athlete sprint? Aggressive therapy seeks to find out what the athlete can do, and push the athlete to do this without stretching the athlete’s capacity in a dangerous way.
In New York, there are opportunities to work with athletes of all stripes. With the professional sports teams in the city and the college teams around the city, it’s possible to help a number of different athletes. Around the country, more and more therapists are learning to push athletes in this way.
Aggressive therapy is something that has shown good results. More therapists around the country are taking note of what is taking place in New York. In addition, the therapists of today are thinking about what they can do with sport-specific training. The needs of a golfer are much different than the needs of a basketball player. With aggressive therapy, the goal is to ensure that athletes are working on their fitness in ways that are unique and helpful. It is all about innovation, which should continue moving forward. As surgeons get better, their partners in sports therapy are continuing to develop new ways to help get athletes back on the field quickly.