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Sports Physiotherapy

Most injuries sustained during sports are not just very painful, they’re frustrating too.

At LIFT, many of our physiotherapists not only have an athletic background, but we’ve sustained frustrating injuries ourselves. We understand what it’s like to want to get back to a sport as quickly as possible.

That’s why we’re committed to creating a custom program that will get you back in the game as quickly (and safely) as possible.

A Tailored Program for Your Needs

Although we see similar injuries all the time, we create a unique treatment program for each client. This is to ensure the best and most efficient results possible.

Your return-to-play time will vary depending on several factors, including:

  • The severity of the injury
  • Your pre-injury level of fitness
  • The demands of your sport
  • Your level of competition
  • Your age (we treat adults and kids)

We use a multimodal approach to target your injury from multiple angles

Some of the therapies we use include:

  • Manual therapy for soft tissue manipulation and joint mobility
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Shockwave therapy and ultrasound therapy to enhance the tissue healing response
  • Custom exercise programs to improve and maintain body function

Soccer

Soccer is a sport that requires explosivity, agility, and repetitive use of the lower body. A sport so focused on precision and quickness also requires a high volume of specific movements to perform well.

Typical soccer injuries include:
  • Hip flexor strains
  • Groin strains
  • ACL tears

Baseball

Baseball is a sport that demands excessive use of the upper body. A batter requires a lot of torque through the thorax.

Throwing requires a high load, speed, and precision of the shoulder, thorax, and hips. Specializing in a position like pitching can eventually lead to a host of long-term injuries.

Typical baseball injuries include:
  • Rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, and tendinopathy
  • SLAP tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ulnar collateral ligament sprains
  • Mid-back strains

Running

Running is a form of exercise that is dynamic, repetitive and cyclical, and which is usually performed on a hard, unforgiving surface.

Like soccer, running is performed in high volume. Although it is a great form of exercise, dedicated runners tend to walk a fine line between being injured and being healthy.

Typical running injuries include:
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Hip flexor strains

Boxing

Boxing is a whole-body activity with a focus on the arm and thorax. It requires repetitive movements with high speed and intensity of the shoulder, and with high impact of the hand.

Most of the force with each jab, hook, or undercut is generated by the thorax. A stable core and mobile thoracic spine are needed for boxers to continue their sport long-term.

Typical boxing injuries include:
  • Hand injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Concussions

Basketball and Volleyball

Basketball and volleyball are similar in that they both require a lot of jumping and landing. This tends to leave basketball and volleyball players with tendonitis and sprain injuries.

Typical basketball and volleyball injuries include:
  • Ankle sprains
  • ACL sprains and tears
  • Patellar tendonitis or “jumper’s knee”
  • Achilles ruptures

Hockey

Hockey is a sport that requires agility, speed, and precise hand-eye coordination.

Hockey is a highly physical sport and demands a lot of strength, quick changes of direction, and endurance from our bodies.

Typical hockey injuries include:
  • AC joint separations, often from bodychecking
  • Concussions
  • Groin strains
  • Ligament sprains

Dance, Gymnastics, and Figure Skating

Dance, gymnastics, and figure skating are different from other sports in that they all require excessive flexibility to perform.

The elegance, yet high level of technicality to excel in these sports demands the body to move, contort, and stabilize in ways beyond our body’s natural ability.

Typical dance, gymnastics, and figure skating injuries we see include:
  • Hypermobility (excessive flexibility) injuries
  • Low back compression injuries
  • Hip strains
  • Hyperextension injuries
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