Yes. The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) understand the value of sports physical therapy better than anyone. After facing years of scrutiny for serious injuries players suffered while training or playing in games, in 2015, the two groups reached an agreement requiring all NFL teams to have a physical therapist or athletic trainer on staff. These elite sports wellness professionals provide players with highly personalized, one-on-one sessions designed to help them recover faster, prevent future injuries, and play at the top of their game.
Whether you’re a high school football player, college athlete, member of a community football league, or just like to throw the old pigskin around with friends on the weekends, SPARK Physiotherapy can help you train like the pros. Here’s what you should know about football injuries and the high-level sports physical therapy services our Alexandria, Virginia, specialists provide.
Football Injuries Are Common Among Players of All Ages and Abilities
Football is one of America's most popular sports. Statista found that 5.23 million people over the age of 6 play the sport at least once per year, albeit at varying levels.
Unfortunately, it’s also among the most dangerous. Hospital emergency rooms treat more than 223,000 people for football-related injuries each year. That number, while considerable, doesn’t provide the full picture since injuries treated at home, at urgent care centers, or by family doctors aren’t included. Kids between the ages of 5 and 14 were most at risk, accounting for nearly 111,000 of the football injuries treated at the emergency room.
Common football injuries include:
- Strains and sprains
- Shoulder dislocation
- Rotator cuff tears
- ACL tears
- Hip pointers
If you’ve sustained a painful football injury, our customized movement and recovery strategies can help you get better, feel better, and play better. Return to the game sooner with less pain and discomfort.
Alexandria Football Sports Rehab PT Tailored to Your Unique Needs
Many people think they know what to expect from physical therapy, especially if they’ve had their insurance cover PT for previous injuries. At SPARK Physiotherapy, we’re here to let you in on a secret: If you’ve had sessions at an overbooked, traditional PT clinic staffed primarily by students, you haven’t experienced the best that physical therapy professionals can offer.
Our highly trained PT providers aren’t just here to bill your insurance. In fact, we’re likely out of network unless you have excellent out-of-network coverage. Our goal is to provide the most effective physiotherapy possible, so you can reach optimal athletic performance with the improved movement techniques you need to avoid additional injuries.
What to Expect From Our Physiotherapy Sessions
Unlike some PT clinics, we don’t just run through a few exercises as quickly as we can and then leave you to figure them out on your own. Our physiotherapy sessions are different. We work with you—and only you—during the entire session. We’re the D.C. area’s top choice for 100 percent patient-to-professional PT.
We evaluate and assess your movement for potential causes of discomfort or mobility limitations. Then, we create a comprehensive program to strengthen the muscles and teach them safer, more effective movement patterns.
Our Alexandria physical therapy and fitness professionals use proven, highly targeted therapeutic exercises and strengthening activities, and one-on-one training sessions to help you:
- Regain strength, function, and range of motion
- Manage pain
- Minimize the risk of future football injuries
- Avoid surgery or recover more quickly after an operation
- Reach peak athletic performance