Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Sports Injury Rehab

Sports injury rehab is so much more than simply identifying broken tissue and helping it heal  At Pro Function Sports Injury Clinic we understand all too well how you injury can impact you physically, mentally, even emotionally, and let’s face it, they never happen at a ‘good’ time, because there is no ‘good’ time to be injured. Our approach to sports injuries, and really most injuries, is to get you in as soon as possible, to teach you about your diagnosis, to give you very detailed instructions on how to handle the injury both immediately and over the course of your recovery, and finally to work with you to keep you as active and engaged as possible in sport-related activities so you can get back to playing sooner and with confidence

What's a Good Example of a Structured Sports Injury Rehab Plan?

No body likes to be injured, but lets face it, things happen. The key is to tackle the problem quickly and consistently.  Here’s an example of a treatment plan you might see with sprained ankle (grade 2 injury, 6 week recovery plan):

Assessment + Treatment (1 hour):  

  • Time to understand details about you and you sport (age, level of sport, frequency, upcoming events, etc)
  • Time to understand how the injury happened, factors leading up the injury, past injuries, past treatment
  • Time to understand your goals, your wishes, how you learn and train, what worries you may have
  • Physical assessment of the entire lower body and core, how you move, your strength, your balance and control, your pain level at rest and when loaded on the foot, ankle and leg. 
  • Specialized tissue testing
  • Education about diagnosis, what it means, what your role will be and what therapy will help with, timeline to heal
  • Time to answer questions!
  • First treatment to help will pain, swelling, movement.
  • Education about what to do at home right now and what the next future step will be. 

Week #1: 

  • 2 Clinic Visits; Focus on swelling, pain control, pain free movement, walking without a limp and your daily homework routine (ice, range of motion movement, gentle muscle work, walking practice, pool or bike work)
  • Treatments could include pain free joint movement, lazer or ultrasound, taping, functional movement, acupuncture/dry needling. 

Week #2+3:

  • 1-2 Clinic Visits; Focus on left over swelling and pain control, increasing movement to full and normal, walking in multiple directions, muscle work and activation, introduction to balance, mentally beginning to prepare for sport-related activities, encouragement to be active and increase activity.
  • Advance daily homework routine (ice, range of motion movement, muscle work, balance, dynamic walking practice, pool & bike work)
  • Treatments could include pain free joint movement, lazer or ultrasound, taping, strengthening, balance and coordination work,  acupuncture/dry needling

Week #4+5:

  • 1-2 Clinic Visits; Focus dynamic movement, increasing strength and endurance, working back to hopping, jogging, single leg standing work.  Will start sport-specific training.  Introduction to speed and reaction time work. Pain control work if any is needed. 
  • Advance daily homework routine (dynamic movement, strength, balance, hop, jog, elliptical machine, agility and reaction time work) 

Week #6:

  • 1 Clinic Visits; Sport-ready movement, speed, agility, reaction time, jumping sprint, impact work, balance.  Training here will ensure you are ready to go back to practices/games.  Follow-up will only be if needed.
  • Education on how to continue to progress on your own in all areas needed to succeed.   

So you see, structure is the key to a quick recovery, and that’s why at Pro Function our goal is not just to reduce pain or give you exercises and send you on your way. Our goal is to help you understand your injury, understand the timeline the how both you and the therapist will do their part during your rehab, and support you through every step of your recovery.  

If your still unsure if sports injury rehab is right for you, feel free to check out this scholarly article about the ‘Current Concepts in Sports Injury Rehabilitation’, or better, yet, simply give us a call and we’ll help you understand it better – 519.860.5090


Who Provide Sports Injury Rehab at Pro Function? 

We are so fortunate at Pro Function to have a very experienced team who love working together and who all have the same belief system when it comes to helping patients. Our team consists of Physiotherapists, Sports Chiropractors and Sports Massage Therapist who are able to work with you independently or who will collaborate their skills and work with you as a team.  This means that our patients always get the benefit and experience of our entire health care team. 

To learn more about our Sports Chiropractors feel free to review: 

Dr. Joseph Greenwood, DC

Dr. Nicole Thornicroft, DC

Dr. Jordan Kersten, DC

To learn more about our Physiotherapists feel free to review:

Kat Fraser, PT

Erik Schmidt, PT

To learn more about our Sports Massage Therapist feel free to review:

Merissa Clowater, RMT

Learn More about Sports Rehab and the Treatment Options it can Provide

Dr. Greenwood is a Concussion Chiropractor.

Dr. Thonicroft is a Graston Certified Chiropractor. 

Kat Fraser, PT is certified in Medical Acupuncture.  

Dr. Kersten has training in Functional Range Conditioning.