Skip to main content

Rehabilitation services: Sports injury

Skip section navigation

Sports injury therapy programs

Prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries

Participation in sports – organized or recreational – helps you stay fit and active. Whether you are a beginner or elite athlete, your goal is to always do your best.

When you experience pain or injury and can no longer participate or stop enjoying your sport, you may benefit from the services offered by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's experienced physical therapists.

Our therapists work with you to:

  • treat injuries resulting from athletic activities
  • reduce pain from old injuries
  • provide rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery
  • prevent/reduce anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • prevent potential injuries for runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers, golfers and those whose sports involve throwing actions.

Programs and services

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's programs and services include:

ACL Injury Prevention Program
Athletic training services
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
Aquatic therapy
CycleSMART
ImPACT Concussion Management Program
Running and Endurance Clinic
RunSMART

Orthopedic rehabilitation

Orthopedics rehabilitation focuses on injuries to your musculoskeletal system – the ones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that make it possible for your body to move.

Our experienced therapists, many of whom are board-certified sports or orthopedic specialists, evaluate and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions like broken bones, torn ligaments, shoulder separation, sprained ankles and repetitive motion injuries.

As you age, wear and tear can take its toll on your joints and you many need joint replacement surgery. Physical therapy is the key to a successful recovery, beginning while you are in the hospital following surgery, then continuing after you go home to ensure improved range of motion and strength.

ACL Injury Prevention Program and Performance Enhancement Program

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common knee joint injuries in athletes, with 250,000 occurring annually in the U.S.

They occur in females much more frequently than in males who are playing the same landing and cutting sports. The gender difference for ACL injury risk may be due to many variables, including anatomical, neuromuscular, biomechanical and hormonal factors, as well as other external variables.

Injury prevention programs

Proper training can help to reduce the number of ACL injuries. Prevention has become an important focus for athletic and medical organizations, with the development of programs that emphasize neuromuscular training.

Such programs can reduce the risk of ACL injury from approximately 25 to 80 percent in female athletes in sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball.

One formal program is the Santa Monica Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) program, which has been widely used in athletics since 2008.

Locations

As research has progressed, so have new trends in ACL injury prevention, which have shifted from static stretching to more sport-specific dynamic flexibility and gluteal strength and "core" strength and stability. These play a vital role in protecting the ACL before injury or after surgery.

Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists (SAOS), in partnership with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, has developed an ACL Injury Prevention/Performance Enhancement Program that incorporates existing scientific-based knowledge about ACL injury prevention, combined with newer information on the importance of dynamic flexibility and hip/trunk strength and stability for prevention and performance.

In-season sports warm-up

The following exercises help the athlete run, decelerate, jump and cut with ideal form to prevent future injury. They should be done for approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to every sports practice.

  • squat
  • hip hike
  • single leg squat
  • double leg forward jump
  • single leg forward jump
  • side/side single leg jump
  • deceleration/ back pedal
  • run-cut.

Off-season training/in-season conditioning

The off-season is the optimal time to condition the body and focus on proper mechanics and form. During pre-season, the athlete should continue with the exercises listed below, transitioning into the in-season program when the sports season is in session.

These exercises should be completed three (3) times per week for 25-30 minutes and should be performed over half the width of a soccer field or the length of a basketball court.

  • jog
  • heel kicks
  • side/side shuffle
  • carioca right and left
  • diagonal change of direction (W pattern)
  • diagonal single leg bounding
  • deceleration - back pedal
  • walking lunge with trunk lean forward
  • inchworm
  • figure 4 sit-walk
  • single leg squats
  • side lying and prone plank
  • bridge glute/ham raise
  • clamshell with band
  • squat hold with band
  • squat jump in place with band
  • squat jump forward with band
  • forward/backward single leg jump
  • side/side single leg jump.

In all exercises – both in-season and off-season – make certain that:

  • knees are aligned
  • pelvis is level
  • trunk is vertical
  • landings are quiet
  • hips are down and back.

arrow points to email link Email ACLinjuryprevention@allina.com for more information or to schedule an instruction session.


Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Chris Moldan, PT, DPT, OCS
First Published: 02/07/2013
Last Reviewed: 02/07/2013