Post Injury Training

Re-injuring the same body part has become a common and troubling occurrence in adolescent sports. The culprit is generally returning to sports in an under-trained condition.

One of the most vulnerable times in an athlete’s career is the moment they have been “cleared” after an injury. A very subjective term, “cleared” generally implies that the break, tear or other injury has healed. Most athletes, parents and coaches believe it to mean they can return to their pre-injury activity. The muscles, tendons and ligaments are still in an unconditioned state and need to be trained to be stronger than ever. Don’t risk another injury.

In partnership with Scaccia Physical Therapy, and your medical staff, CA has developed a comprehensive and progressive program to address the needs of the rehab athlete. With decreasing insurance benefits such as PT visits, CA transitions the athlete from their medical treatment to performing at their best.

CA implements exercise and mobility techniques to prepare the injured athlete. Our “Throwers” program specializes on the shoulder complex and our progressive strength and balance exercises emphasis hip strength to protect the knee.

Athletes recovering from injury will receive 3 1-on-1 lessons with a coach before receiving a specialized program designed to address their recovery needs and properly progress towards full strength & speed. Our Coaches are all Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists, the highest accreditation in this field. We also have regular access to the staff at Scaccia PT for support and guidance when needed.

 

Coping with an injury?

 

Gymnast Success Story

The video only tells part of the story. My daughter, a competitive gymnast starting at age 8, now 15, injured herself on bars 2 years ago. After doctors visits, specialists, ultrasounds, and physical therapy she was told she had an abdominal wall tear as well as her hips kept moving out of place. She gave up gymnastics(tears flowed), it was just too painful (she loved gymnastics so much when finished a 3 hour practice she would come home bouncing and jumping some more). Started cheer thinking it wouldn't be as strenuous or painful on her stomach (just couldn't give up tumbling), how wrong we were!

The pain got to the point she could no longer sit at her desk at school through one class, asking me to come get her almost every day. Every class going to the ladies room just to get up and walk, which was just as painful at times. Having her hip set back in place every other week, she convinced herself she was never going to be pain free for the rest of her life. At my wits end, I brought her in to Complete Athlete right after Christmas 2016 where she saw Gerry.  After her assessment on the way home she looked at me beaming and smiling from ear to ear and said "I'm so happy Mom, he can fix me" I don't know how she knew but she did.

Gerry knew exactly what to do right away and the video--Feb.15, 2017--says it all. Two weeks in she could sit through all her classes with no pain and now she can fly thru the air again pain free--exact words "Look Mom and I feel stronger than ever before with no pain!" The knowledge and understanding Gerry and Nate have are undeniably the best. I've learned it's not about you just building muscle it's about how you build the muscle to use. My daughter and I can not say "Thank you" enough. -- Maggie


Avery's SUCCESS STORY

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Scaccia PT & Complete Athlete have had numerous successful injury-to-play stories but the following is quite impressive. In June of 2016, Avery Drouin, a lacrosse player from Pinkerton Academy, tore her ACL in a tournament. She had just completed a very successful junior year and had already committed to play in a D1 program. Her senior year looked like it may in jeopardy. After surgery, she began her PT with Scaccia Physical Therapy. After several months, she began the transition to sport specific training with Complete Athlete.

The healing process was amazing, but her mechanical/athletic movements were worrisome. As with most knee injuries, the athlete tends to favor the injured joint causing flaws in movement. This can lead to a re-occurrence of injury. When it was apparent that strength and recovery was not the issue, we began 1:1 drills and exercises with Avery until all flaws were corrected and confidence was restored. Avery went on to play the full season. She was awarded All-American, 1st Team All-State, Athlete of the Year and Distinguished Player of the Year (chosen by the Athletic Director) at Pinkerton.