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Injury Prevention Therapy for Athletes – What the Public Doesn’t Know

It’s no surprise that overuse injuries are on the rise when more than 60 million youth in the US participate in some form of organized athletics. Sports can offer multiple benefits, from building confidence to providing exercise, but they can also cause harm, and in some cases, long-term damage. This is an issue I’m especially passionate about because there are proven methods for preventing overuse injuries – only, the majority of the public doesn’t know about them.

Competitive success has become a focal point for many, as young athletes set goals to make elite travel sports teams or receive collegiate scholarships. Many train, even with the goal of landing on an Olympic team or going pro. I’ve been a massage and injury prevention therapist for more than 30 years and have worked as a staff therapist in three Olympics (Barcelona, Atlanta and Athens). I’ve seen first-hand what overuse injuries can do to athletes. Unfortunately, these days, I’m seeing it more and more in younger patients coming to my Bethel, CT office.

Overuse injuries often go undiagnosed in the early stages because athletes dismiss minor aches and pains as simply soreness. When the same muscle is being used repetitively, it begins to tighten. Over time, if the area remains untreated, it will eventually become painful and tear. Stress Injuries can be very subtle at first, and don’t become evident to the athlete until the injury gets to the point of extreme pain or muscle tear. This is a key concept that must be understood by coaches, parents and players: overuse injuries develop over time.

My passion is to get the word out about prevention therapy. There are ways to treat athletes so they don’t get injured in the first place. I have developed and proven a protocol of trigger point therapy for health professionals to assess the precursors to injury prevention and resolve them before they become clinical. This means the beginnings of prevention for repetitive stress injuries. The sports and business community have been slow to embrace these methods, therefore, I am reaching out to bring awareness to the public and train other therapists to begin a core of Injury Prevention Technicians, who cannot only assess and treat, but create and manage community programs for injury prevention.

If you believe in my mission to get the word out about injury prevention therapy and help young athletes avoid overuse stress injuries, you can support me by clicking on this link.

Ron Mc Knight

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