Sports Rehabilitation

Sports Rehabilitation

What Is Sports Rehabilitation?

Sports rehabilitation is a branch of healthcare that aims to restore or improve athletic performance after injury. This realm of healthcare is fairly broad, as athletic injuries can vary from a rolled ankle from basketball to a torn rotator cuff from weightlifting.

Injury is an inherent risk of sports and similar physical activities. While some injuries may be more common than others, such as a sprained ankle or tennis elbow, each type nonetheless requires an individualized approach. A few common sports injuries are listed below.

Example Sports Rehabilitation Injuries

  • ACL injuries
  • ankle injuries
  • fractures
  • knee injuries
  • muscle strains
  • shin splints
  • shoulder injuries
  • sprains


The risk of injury is present with any sport, and a treatment program administered by a professional is often the quickest way to get back in the game. Any kind of sports injury may benefit from a sports rehabilitation program. Listed below are a few sports that commonly lead to injuries.

Example Sports with Risk of Injury

  • baseball
  • basketball
  • boxing
  • football
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • volleyball
  • wrestling

Care Beyond the Clinic

Always consult your physician before attempting any kind of treatment program.

Athletes know the value of hard work. Any sports rehabilitation program is going to require extra effort outside of the clinic, as instructed by the therapist. These programs will typically involve exercises that must be performed at home, as well as warnings against activities that may aggravate the injury.

Following these instructions is vital to your rehabilitation––a few physical therapy sessions each week can’t always fix the problem alone. If you want to get back in the court, on the field, or in the ring, you’ll have to work for it.

If have suffered a sports injury, you can likely benefit from a sports rehabilitation program. Yakima’s Central Washington Physical Therapy can help. Contact us below to get started.