Sports Medicine and Performance

Sports Medicine and Performance

Sports Medicine & Performance

Athletic Training

Our goal is to help every athlete achieve their maximum level of performance, prevent injuries, treat current ones with the best technology available.

You can expect:

  • Restored function
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Prevent injury
  • Optimized performance
  • Return to activity

Running Analysis

Runners want to run farther, faster, or just feel better doing it. Why? Physical health, mental health, and stress relief, the “runner high”. No matter the reason, running is a healthy physical activity with undeniable rewards.

Here are some common injuries, pain points, and form issues runners may experience and for which a physical therapist can help:

  • Hip alignment. Improper hip alignment can cause hip and knee problems.
  • Knees. Knees are the number one site of injury for runners. A 2019 Journal of Sports Science & Medicine study found that injuries to the knee make up 28% of all runner injuries.
  • Overuse and overloading. A running injury is often a result of overuse or the overloading of the musculoskeletal system, according to a 2018 article in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. The most common reason for a running injury is a previous injury
  • Achilles tendon and calf muscles. For runners over age 40, the most common sites of injury are the Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
  • Stress fractures. In runners under age 30, stress fractures are common.
  • Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and overpronation (turning the sole outward so that the inner edge of the foot bears the weight when walking or running).

Your running analysis will start with a full lower extremity evaluation. This includes the use of specialized equipment to help analyze how you run.

Inefficiencies will be identified in three specific areas where issues occur:

  • Joint mobility
  • Strength
  • Coordination

Based on the results of your analysis, a plan of care will be provided to help you improve your running.

Golf Analysis

Golf AnalysisGolf is an athletic activity, and hitting a bucket of balls for the first time in months has a way of reminding a golfer about all of the different body parts that are activated in a single swing. Having a repeatable swing is key to having a good golf game. But with that repetition comes a risk for injury – to backs, elbows, shoulders, and more.

We take our knowledge of human movement and apply it to the biomechanics of a golf swing. A complete functional analysis and golf-specific training are ideal for golfers of any skill level who want to improve their performance, play without pain, and reduce their risk of injury. We are certified in the Nike Golf NG360 Functional Performance System (FPS), powered by the Gray Institute.  NG360 FPS was developed by leaders in the field of sports performance.

If you want to drive the pain out of your game, maximize performance, improve your game, lower score, and decrease injury risk, this one-hour analysis is for you!

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Pilates is a low-impact exercise system. It is used to address posture, flexibility, coordination, strength, breathing patterns, and overall mind-body awareness. Pilates has been used for rehabilitation from its very beginning.

  • Low Back Pain including sprains, strains, arthritis/degenerative disc or nerve involvement
  • Posture Impairments and workplace/ergonomic related pain
  • Neck Pain including whiplash, strain, arthritis/degenerative changes,
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Women’s Health and Postpartum including diastasis recti, abdominal and pelvic floor weakness
  • Most orthopedic injuries to the shoulder, hip, knee, and foot/ankle.


Optimal offers Pilates Classes a few times throughout the year.  Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of our next event.

Our sports medicine program is a comprehensive, industry-leading program tailored to meet the physical demands of active people.

Becoming a victim of a sports injury is a painful event in many ways. New and old technology help with the rough period of recovery.  Technology-based methods are being incorporated to prevent those injuries. The general trend is a profound shift from proactive to preventive medicine.

To overcome an injury or chronic pain, surgery should be only considered as the final option. Physical therapy in most situations provides results, is safer, less expensive, and a less invasive alternative.



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