The Winter Olympics are starting! For an Olympic athlete, training is a year-round activity. But many of us non-Olympians go to the gym, work hard, and participate in recreational activities we love.
Olympians put a lot of stress and strain on their bodies. And so do we as weekend warriors. Odds are when you incur an injury, much like the Olympians, you will start a rehabilitation program. What are the differences? Not many! Your physical therapist is most times using the same treatment strategies that are used on Olympic athletes
Your therapist will evaluate your current status and work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your goals. They will ask you questions about your current lifestyle, routines, and history to customize an individualized plan unique to you. At each visit, your progress and treatment plan are reviewed and your therapist may ask you additional questions and adjust your goals to help you reach maximum success.
Remember, no matter your level, all athletes set goals.
Your physical therapist will take in account your current limitations and devise a plan to slowly and methodically reach your short and long-term goals. They will be careful to push you just enough so that you see progress without overusing those areas that you are seeking treatment. Just as Olympic trainers push their athletes to reach success.
When Olympians stop participating in the recovery plans, their chances of success diminish. Your active participation in your rehabilitation recovery is crucial. Communicating with your Physical Therapist about your daily routine, exercise habits, work schedule, and other obligations can help ensure you accomplish as much as possible during your Physical Therapy session. And they will always ask you about your Home Exercise Program so be sure you are keeping up with your plan. Your Physical Therapist expects you to reach self-management – actively maintain the strength, range of motion, and flexibility you have achieved.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or recovering from a recent fall, a sprain, or surgery, you can benefit from the same rehab strategies that help Olympians climb on top of that podium and achieve gold!