Physical therapists are trained to identify areas of deficiencies and/or imbalances within our musculoskeletal system that predispose us to injury. Given their extensive education of human anatomy and kinesiology (human movement), physical therapists can then design programs to correct the imbalances discovered during their assessment.
Two great examples of this are below:
- Prevention of Sports Injuries – neuromuscular training programs of various types have proven to decrease the likelihood of ACL injuries in female athletes. 1,2
- Prevention of Falls – A combined strength and balance program appropriately applied to individuals 65 and older reduced the risk of falling by 40% .3
1. Hewett TE, Lindenfeld TN, Riccobene JV, Noyes FR. The effect of Neuromuscular Training on the Incidence of Knee Injury in Female Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 1999; 27: 699-706.
2. Gilchrist J, Mandelbaum BR, Melancon H, et al. A randomized controlled trial to prevent noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injury in female collegiate soccer players. Am J Sports Med. 2008; 36: 1476-1483.
3. Barnett A, Smith B, Lord SR, Williams M, Baumand A. Community-based group exercise improves balance and reduces falls in at-risk older
people: a randomized controlled trial. Age Aging. 2003; 32: 407-414.