How can a Physical Therapist help my child with wellness or athletic goals?

It’s important for children to get regular exercise to develop appropriate strength and skills. Many children participate in sports or physical activities like dance, baseball, gymnastics, or football. With increased opportunity for year round sports, parents may be finding themselves caring for more aches and pains with their young athletes. So when should parents consult with a physical therapist?

--If your child is injured frequently

--If your child’s pain is consistent or increasing in intensity

--If your child is having difficulty keeping up with peers

--If your child is recovering from a previous injury

--To reduce risk of future injuries

Physical therapists evaluate quality of movement, strength, flexibility, and coordination. For young athletes, this includes assessing how they perform skills specific to their sport. For example, a physical therapist evaluating a young baseball player might observe how they throw, run, and hit a ball. In addition, strength and flexibility are important components of maintaining healthy tissues. Strength imbalances and mobility deficits can lead to injury. After evaluating, physical therapists develop a treatment plan based on the problems that were discovered. Home programs will be tailored to each child’s specific needs.

Physical therapy is important for reducing pain, but can also benefit kids who have trouble keeping up with their peers in the gym or on the field. Physical therapists evaluate for development of appropriate motor skills according to the age of the child. Motor milestones are building blocks that help with development of higher level skills. For example, if your child has difficulty jumping on one leg, this could inhibit their ability to skip or gallop along with their classmates.

In addition, physical therapy can help with prevention of future injuries. This can include teaching families and children how to warm up or cool down from exercise appropriately, strengthen muscles that are weaker, and strategies to reduce pain when it occurs.

Want to know how a Physical Therapist can Help?

Schedule your infant, child, and teen for an evaluation today and see how a therapist can help your family.
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