Diving Deeper into Athlete Rehabilitation
When an athlete gets injured, the physical rehabilitation is crucial to getting them back to their sport in a safe and efficient manner. The physical tasks are often more grueling than training, as athletes work to increase their strength and slowly return to normal function. Unlike practice during the season, with games and competitions interspersed, the hard work of rehabilitation doesn’t have immediate rewards. Many injured athletes spend months in a training room, weight room or home gym by themselves working tirelessly to return.
This mental toughness is sometimes just as hard, or harder, than the physical aspect. Athletes often go through a range of emotions including frustration, sadness, resentment, fear and loneliness. Getting through those feelings is half of the battle of rehabilitation.
A recent article published on ESPN.com, “Brandon Ashley is over the hurt” captures the feelings of what an athlete goes through and how they are able to overcome. Athletic trainers can play an integral role in pushing them through those negative thoughts and focusing on the promising end goal. Using different techniques, protocols and goals allows athletes to see progress in the day to day activities that can be grueling and painful. The athletic training staff at the University of Arizona uses multiple methods, including hydrotherapy in their HydroWorx pools to instill confidence and promote recovery.
In case you missed our webcast from the University of Arizona, “The Stages of Aquatic Rehabilitation After ACL Tear,” view it on demand to see how the athletic training staff at Arizona use HydroWorx aquatic technology to get their athletes back in action.