As an Athletic Therapist, my ultimate goal is to guide and support individuals on their path to recovery and maximum performance. The journey from injury to high-performance activities is a transformative process that requires dedication,
expertise, and collaboration, a partnership where I provide you with all the
knowledge I can.
In this blog, I will share my experience and insights, taking you through the general
steps involved in helping an athlete regain their strength, overcome challenges, and
reach their peak potential.
1. Assessing the Injury:
The first step in the process is conducting a thorough assessment of the client’s
injury. This involves evaluating the extent of the injury, identifying any underlying
causes or imbalances, and understanding the client’s medical history and goals.
By gathering this information, I can create a personalized treatment plan tailored to
their specific needs. Every plan much like every person is different and centres
around the idea that my job is to mind you and your job is to mind yourself.
2. Developing a Treatment Plan:
Based on the assessment, I aim to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that
focuses on addressing the root cause of the injury, promoting healing, and restoring
This plan may include a combination of manual therapy, rehabilitative exercises,
modalities such as heat or cold therapy, and education on proper movement and
loading mechanics. I emphasize open communication with all our client’s to ensure
they understand the plan and actively participate in their own recovery.
3. Rehabilitation and Recovery:
The rehabilitation phase is where the real work begins. I work closely with my client,
guiding them through a series of exercises and techniques aimed at improving
mobility, strength, balance, and stability. We progress gradually, ensuring the injured
area is supported while challenging the client to gradually increase their load and
intensity. Regular reassessment allows me to modify the treatment plan as needed
and track their progress.
4. Psychological Support:
Recovering from an injury is not just a physical journey, it can also take a toll on a
person’s mental well-being. As an Athletic Therapist, the importance of providing
psychological support to my clients is one of the most important and often
understated parts of recovery I can provide.
I strive to create a positive and encouraging environment, helping our clients to build
resilience, manage setbacks, and stay motivated throughout their recovery process.
Allowing them to also better understand why and how their injury occurred and begin
to return a certain amount of control over the situation.
5. Returning to Activity:
Once the client has made significant enough progress in their rehabilitation, we
transition towards returning them to their desired high-performance activities. While
maintaining their plan we run the activities and rehabilitation parallel to one another.
This phase involves gradually reintroducing sports-specific movements, refining
techniques, and simulating real-life scenarios. This can often be the toughest part as
open environments eg. field sports can only truly be reflected in training and
matches. I closely monitor their progress, ensuring they are ready both physically
and mentally to handle the demands of their chosen activity.
6. Performance Enhancement:
Beyond recovery, I believe in empowering my clients to push beyond their previous
limits and reach new heights. Often using strength and conditioning ideals, I design
targeted programs, developing from their original rehabilitation plans, that focus on
building strength, speed, agility, and endurance. This phase aims to maximize their
athletic potential while minimizing the risk of re-injury.
7. Maintenance and Injury Prevention:
As the client achieves their desired level of performance, I will always emphasise the
importance of ongoing maintenance and injury prevention strategies. This may
involve regular check-ins, specific exercises and plans to address any lingering
weaknesses, and education on areas such as the difference between activation
exercises and stretches typically done during a warm-up. By proactively managing
their physical well-being, we can reduce the likelihood of future injuries and maintain
optimal performance levels.
The journey from injury to high performance is a remarkable and rewarding
experience for both myself as an Athletic Therapist and the client. Through a
combination of assessment, personalized treatment plans, rehabilitation,
psychological support, and performance strategies, a therapist can guide individuals
towards not only recovering from an injury but also achieving their full physical
potential. By fostering a collaborative and supportive environment, we empower
clients to overcome obstacles, believe in their abilities, and embrace a future filled
with success and resilience, and as always when it comes to injury leaving with the tools to excel