Sports Rehabilitation

Sports Rehabilitation

Heal faster and regain your strength so you can get back in the game

Performance athletes and hobbyists alike are bound to experience an injury at some point. As sports rehab and sports medicine experts we’ll teach you injury prevention, help you heal faster and increase your strength and flexibility so you can get back to living a pain free life.

Injuries that benefit from sports rehab


Have you ever been running or doing work outdoors and you stepped just the wrong way? That simple twist can cause a sprain, which can be painful. Sprains can happen when falling, twisting, or even getting hit and they most commonly occur in the wrists and ankles. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of the ligament, which is the tissue that connects the bones at a joint. Sprains can vary in severity and recovery time, and they usually involve some swelling, discoloration, and pain. Seeking physical therapy for a sprain can significantly reduce the amount of recovery time, swelling, and pain; all while increasing your range of motion and strength.


Strains can occur in seasoned athletes as well as those who simply do the occasional jog. Similar to a sprain, a strain is a stretch or slight tear in a muscle or tendon and they can vary in recovery time and severity. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Some of the more common areas for strains to occur are the back, hamstrings, quadriceps, and shoulders. Using physical therapy to treat a strain can help speed up recovery time, reduce the amount of pain, and increase the range of motion and strength.

Rotator Cuff Tear/Strain

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder. A tear to the area can occur when a person falls directly on, or takes a hit to the shoulder, for example, when playing football. It is also possible to tear a rotator cuff and this usually occurs when a people perform a repetitive overhead motion (certain job functions, or playing volleyball or basketball). Physical therapy can aid in restoring range of motion, muscle strength, joint stability, and coordination, to help you return to your regular activities – pain free.

Back Pain

Back pain is the second most common reason (after the common cold) for visiting a healthcare provider. You many have experienced an injury while gardening or playing sports, or perhaps your back pain started slowly and seems to be getting worse. It could be stemming from a repetitive motion like running or lifting, or a strain that was placed on your back while swinging a golf club or swimming. Healing and recovery time can be reduced by seeking treatment through physical therapy, sooner rather than later. We work with a number of different procedures to reduce your back pain, depending on the source and the affected areas (low back, upper back, neck and shoulders, etc.). Your treatment may include posture training, core strengthening, flexibility exercises, or methods to decrease inflammation.


Avid golfers, tennis players, and people who like to work outdoors (raking, shoveling, and gardening) are susceptible to tendonitis – an inflammation of the tendon, which attaches the muscle to the bone. Working with a physical therapist can help decrease your pain and inflammation, and reduce your chances for future injury.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

Because of the style of injury, ACL tears commonly affect soccer players, basketball players, skiers, gymnasts, and other athletes. The ACL is one of the major ligaments that connect the thigh bone to the shin bone and common causes of a tear include:

  • Twisting your knee while keeping your foot planted on the ground
  • Stopping suddenly while running
  • Suddenly shifting your weight from one leg to the other
  • Jumping and landing on an extended and straightened knee
  • Stretching the knee farther than you should
  • Experiencing a direct hit to the knee

Physical therapy is recommended before and after surgery.

Musculoskeletal Pain

If you’re experiencing pain in your muscles, joints, ligaments, or tendons, physical therapy can often help.Through a combination of exercises, trigger point release, and soft tissue mobilization we can help you manage your pain and increase strength and flexibility, all while educating you on proper body mechanics to reduce your chances for a recurring injury.

Physical therapists and athletic trainers work together in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports related injuries. We help restore your muscle strength, endurance, and coordination so you can return to a pain free lifestyle. Additionally, we help you modify your physical activity so you put less stress on your problem areas. If surgery is involved, we can help you both before and after the procedure. Because each injury is unique, we create an individualized program specifically for you.

Specific treatments
  • Heat, ice, bracing, and taping
  • Electrical stimulation and ultrasound
  • Manual therapy, massage, muscle energy techniques
  • McKenzie and Mulligan treatments
  • Gait training and specialized exercise

Learning proper injury prevention can be priceless. Call today to see how we can help you stay in the game.

Sports rehabilitation therapy is helping runners go the distance

“After training with one of their therapists, I no longer experience shin pain. Gina analyzed my gait and taught me exercise/stretches that are specific to runners.  After a few weeks of following the program, I no longer needed to use Kinesio Tape or ice my shins after a run.

I also enjoyed NPT’s guidance while training for my first 25k. Gina formulated a race plan complete with hydration and nutrition requirements to follow before, during, and after the race. She also analyzed my data from previous runs and helped me set my pace goals. Most importantly, she explained proper post-race nutrition and stretching. I’m certain the reason I felt so good after the race was because I followed the post-race guidelines. Thank you NPT for making running pain free and fun again!” – Gayla L., Coopersville patient

Injury prevention is worked into our RunFit 5k program and Precision Running Workshops.