sports medicine

MedStar Health offers numerous programs and services for those athletes or active individuals looking to enhance their performance, skills, and abilities.

Golf Performance Enhancement

The golf performance evaluation is a comprehensive physical examination performed by a licensed physical therapist specializing in a synthesis of information from Back to Golf©, Kinetic Golf©, and Body Balance for Performance©. Our therapists are experienced in sports-specific training programs, functional stabilization, conditioning, and kinesiology. They also have sports medicine experience treating golf-related injuries and in rehabilitating athletes of all performance levels.

Evaluations include video motion analysis, testing and measurements of:

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Core stability
  • Conditioning

The information gathered from the evaluation is used to design a customized, golf-specific physical training program that will optimize strength and improve the physical characteristics necessary to swing a golf club properly. The goal of the program is to achieve maximum distance, accuracy, control, and scoring potential while decreasing injury risk.

In addition to individual evaluations performed in the clinic, we also give educational presentations to teams and golfing groups.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is key to an athlete's success. Specific diets rich in differing ratios of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and sugars are recommended for specific athletic events. For example, athletes in endurance sports generally do better with a high carb, low protein diet, while sports requiring incredible strength call for more protein. Patients at MedStar Health can take advantage of the expertise of registered dieticians to assist athletes with developing a proper diet specific to their physical needs and the sports they play.

Orthotics

Orthotics devices worn in the shoe can re-align a person's foot and reduce some of the injuries that begin at the foot and travel upward. Because the feet are the body's main shock absorbers, a number of injuries and conditions can arise when they are compromised. If used properly, orthotics can absorb the shock, reducing the risk of injury. MedStar Health sports medicine experts offer complete prosthetic and orthotic services for adults, adolescents, and children.

Personal Training

At MedStar, we take a balanced approach to fitness by developing a customized exercise program designed to meet your specific needs and goals. Many of our clients have medical issues, and we highly encourage them to continue exercising following discharge from therapy to achieve better health.

MedStar Health trainers are certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and have experience working with a wide range of physical limitations that restrict clients' ability to exercise.

Services—including yoga, general fitness, and post-rehabilitation for breast cancer clients—are provided at several locations and may also be arranged at your home or gym.

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment option that has uses a patient's own blood products to facilitate healing. Essentially, specialists using this technique gather blood from the patient and separate out the platelet portion. Platelets have been shown to release healing proteins called growth factors that work together to coordinate tissue healing. By injecting a high concentration of platelets into injured soft tissues, physicians hope the healing process will be accelerated.

Much work remains to be done in exploring the application and utility of PRP. Our regeneration lab at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital has recently been awarded a grant to explore the application of PRP in shoulder tendinopathies. This and future studies will provide great insight into this promising sports medicine treatment, paving the way to a better understanding of common and disabling sports injuries

Return-to-Play Program

MedStar Health offers a research-based evaluation to assist athletes in their return to full competition. The program uses video motion analysis software and objective criteria to determine if an individual is functionally ready to return to play. The scientifically based testing identifies deficits in strength, power, and/or biomechanics that increase an athlete's risk of lower-extremity injury. Participants in the program also receive a comprehensive exercise program to address those deficits and are instructed in proper jump-landing mechanics until they can pass the return-to-play criteria.

Running Injury Clinic

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network's Running Injury Clinics combine highly skilled therapists with cutting edge technology. More information is available here. Watch a video about our Alter-G Antigravity Treadmill.

Soccer Performance Enhancement

MedStar Health specializes in individualized programs for youth, collegiate, and professional level athletes, as well as casual weekend sports participants. Our goal is to enhance the conditioning, human performance, injury prevention, and participation ability of those interested in achieving their greatest potential.

The MedStar Health Performance Enhancement Program for Soccer is a comprehensive six-week program. Our professional staff of physical therapists, certified strength and conditioning specialists, and licensed soccer coaches train the athletes three times a week. The sessions are 75 minutes each, with an exceptional ratio of trainers to athletes ensuring individualized attention for proper technique and safety. The pprogram is designed to:

  • Improve soccer specific strength and conditioning
  • Increase power, speed, and agility through plyometrics
  • Improve dynamic balance and reaction time
  • Enhance acceleration and deceleration, and explosive change of direction
  • Increase flexibility to prevent injury associated with soccer participation
  • Provide essential nutrition and hydration information to maximize soccer performance

Throwing Clinic

Injuries seen previously only in professional pitchers are now commonplace in players of any position in high school and younger. The great majority of these are overuse/repetitive strain injuries that could be prevented with:

  • Proper education
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Conditioning

After completing the program, most pitchers are able to throw harder and with better control while decreasing their risk of injury and surgery.

It is our goal to bring the latest research in training and injury prevention to the baseball community. In addition to individual evaluations performed in the clinic, we also give educational presentations to camps, teams and leagues outside the clinic. Evaluations include assessment of posture, strength and flexibility for the arm, core and lower extremities. We then use those findings to customize exercise programs that will be most beneficial for each individual athlete.

Video Gait Analysis

If you are an athlete with running injuries, Dynamic Video Gait Analysis (DVGA) may help solve your injury problem. MedStar Health's sports medicine experts are able to assess problems of the foot and lower extremity that may be causing your pain or symptoms.

DVGA helps assess the following:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle pain
  • Shin pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Low back pain

Multiple high speed cameras identify reflective markers placed on several joints of the body, including the trunk, hip, knees, and feet. These markers are a reference point for several camera angles, which pick up any abnormal movement of these joints while a patient runs on a treadmill. Once the motion is recorded, a specialized computer software program pinpoints which joints are functioning incorrectly.

If joint alignment problems are discovered, a personalized sports medicine program is developed for the runner which may include physical therapy for strengthening and flexibility, orthotic devices, or training and shoe modifications.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
106 Irving St, NW
POB North, Suite 5000
Washington, DC 20010


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