Sports Therapy for Aging Athletes

Sports Therapy for Aging Athletes 2017-07-06T00:52:50+00:00
Raritan Physical Therapy Youth Development Program

Raritan Physical Therapy Youth Development Program

As we age, soft tissues, muscles and tendons get more stiff, brittle and more subject to injury. In addition, aerobic capacity, speed and power all decrease.

But can this injury risk curve flatten out? Do older professionals or masters athletes have a chance of avoiding or slowing down what sports docs call “the diseases of the aging athlete?”

Today, more and more athletes in their 30s, 40s, and even in their 50s and beyond are walking through the doors of our sports medicine practice, looking for advice on how to start a program that they know will help keep them performing at their sport. After all, in order to enjoy your sport and reap the benefits of exercise, an individual needs to be able to perform.

What can you do to get the fastest results without taking chances?

There are a number of preventative steps to take in order to decrease the risk of suffering from the common aches and pains the aging athlete suffers from.

  1. Alter your sport periodically. For example, If you are a runner, try switching to cycling for a while to give your knees some rest.
  2. Flexibility is also crucial to avoiding muscle tears. Good flexibility also enables your body to align properly which helps prevent overuse injuries.
  3. Strengthening exercises also help the body absorb impact from different sports. So establishing a good workout routine is key.
  4. Aerobic conditioning is one of the most crucial things to keep up with. It will not only help keep your endurance up, but it will also go a long way in reducing the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

 

Our comprehensive program includes the following:

  • Training routine tailored to your individual goals
  • Redcord
  • Education and self-management techniques
  • Weight loss
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports Taping

A patient admitted to our program is required to make a minimum of 6 week commitment, attending sessions three times per week.