Physical Therapy Guide to Return to Plyometrics After Lower Extremity Injury | FPF Show E:80
In today's episode we go over a Physical Therapy Guide to Return to Plyometrics After Lower Extremity Injury | FPF Show E:80
As physical therapists, we all know that returning athletes to their pre-injury level of performance can be a challenging and complex process. However, one of the most critical aspects of rehabilitating an athlete with lower extremity injuries is implementing a smart return to plyometrics program. Plyometrics are a cornerstone to both return to run and return to sport programs.
Plyometrics are a fundamental component of most sports and requires a significant amount of force production and absorption through the lower extremities. As such, it is essential to have a well-designed return to plyometrics program that incorporates a gradual increase in intensity and volume while addressing any deficits in strength, mobility, and neuromuscular control.
The plyometrics program should focus on progressively increasing the demands placed on the lower extremities. This will involve drills and exercises that help athletes progress back to running, sprinting and jumping in their sport.
It is also important to ensure that the athlete's overall conditioning is at an appropriate level before beginning any plyometrics program. This may involve incorporating aerobic and anaerobic conditioning exercises, such as a progressive return to run program, cycling or swimming, to build cardiovascular endurance and improve the athlete's ability to handle the demands of plyometrics.
Another critical component of a smart return to plyometric programs is monitoring the athlete's progress closely. This may involve regularly assessing for changes in range of motion or swelling as well as monitoring any signs of pain, excessive muscular soreness or discomfort. If any issues arise, adjustments should be made to the program to address them quickly and effectively.
Check out the video below to see exactly how I like to progress my athletes back to plyometrics after lower extremity injury:
In conclusion, a smart return to plyometrics program is essential for rehabilitating athletes with lower extremity injuries. By incorporating a gradual increase in intensity and volume, addressing any deficits in strength, mobility, and stability, and monitoring the athlete's progress closely, we can help ensure a safe and successful return to sport.
- Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS
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Show Notes / Relevant Articles:
- FPF Mini Course - 7 Reasons Why Injuries Happen in the Gym and What to do About it
- Physical Therapy Guide to Return to Run Programs After Lower Extremity Injury | FPF Show E:78
- Physical Therapy Guide to Return to Sprinting Programs After Lower Extremity Injury | FPF Show E:79
- A, B and C Sprint Mechanic Drills | Return to Run | Physical Therapy Exercises
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Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS
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