Rehab & Recovery
For competitive athletes, the weeks and months following an injury or surgery are critical. Getting back in the game takes time, hard work and dedication. At the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, the rehabilitation process is led by physical therapists with advanced training in orthopedics and sports medicine. Their knowledge and training can make a significant difference on the road to recovery, for competitive and recreational athletes alike.
Technology and Equipment
When you want to take your game to the next level, our experts have the tools to help you recover from injury and become a better, faster and stronger athlete while working to decrease the risk of future injury. The staff selected technologies that are not commonly available in this area and offer a higher level of functional retraining, sports-specific retraining and/or the latest in sports performance training technology. Some examples:
- The Noramco HS-Elite High-Speed Treadmill
- The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®
- Aquatic Therapy including HydroWorx® Underwater Treadmill
- On-Site X-Ray
The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® uses a state-of-the-art unweighting system to reduce stress on joints, allowing you to move forward with rehabilitation and training even when you are not yet able to bear weight on your lower extremities. The AlterG®’s NASA-patented technology is also beneficial to patients with stitches or other devices that prevent them from using the center's aquatic therapy tools. It can also be used as a stand-alone tool for athletes looking to expand their training regimen.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps a broad spectrum of people — from pediatric to geriatric, from top-level athletes to weekend warriors, from orthopedic and neurologic patients to people trying to lose weight — to achieve their personal health, wellness or performance goals. Originating in the USA, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is FDA-approved for:
- Rehabilitation following injury or surgery of the lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle or foot)
- Rehabilitation after total joint replacement
- Gait training in neurologic patients
- Strengthening and conditioning in older patients
- Weight control and reduction
- Sport-specific conditioning programs
- Aerobic conditioning
The Noramco HS-Elite High-Speed Treadmill reaches speeds up to 31 miles per hour and inclines up to 40%, while using a harness system to help you push your limits in a safe, controlled setting. High-speed treadmills have become a widely used sports medicine tool for sports performance training, rehabilitation and overall fitness programs. The benefits of high-speed treadmill training include:
- Increased stride length and frequency
- Improved sprint mechanics
- Improved anaerobic capacity
- Improved core stability
Aquatic therapy uses the buoyancy and resistance of water for low-impact rehabilitation and training, and MSMI offers both hot and cold pools and a HydroWorx® Underwater Treadmill.
HydroWorx's patented underwater treadmill is revolutionizing physical therapy, sports medicine and conditioning. This aquatic treadmill smoothly accelerates from .1 up to 8.5 miles per hour and allows you to correctly simulate land-based walking, running or sports-specific activities, but without the body weight and joint impact experienced on land. Walking, retro-walking, sprinting, shuffling, back-pedaling and plyometric activities are easily performed on the large, cushioned treadmill surface.
Benefits of Underwater Treadmill Training
- Promotes early range of motion
- Initiates gait training in a low-impact environment
- Replicates the proper biomechanics of land-based movements to improve gait patterns
- Improves cardiovascular stamina
- Increases flexibility
- Impacts muscle strengthening
- Increases healing and strengthening of injured tissue
- Increases the ability to perform a wide range of plyometrics
- Reduces blood pressure levels
- Reduces joint stiffness
Athletes are gravitating toward treadmill pools for cardiovascular and strength training. For runners, the underwater treadmill mimics the setting of a land-based environment while reducing the stress of body weight on joints and providing resistance.
Studies have demonstrated that regardless of diet, aquatics yield significant gains in aerobic capacity and reduce weight and body fat. Thanks to the buoyancy and comfort offered by warm water surroundings, treadmill pool exercises are also more enjoyable and inspiring for adults with weight problems.
For older adults, the benefits of underwater treadmill therapy include improved muscle strength and flexion, reduced pain and joint stiffness as well as increased confidence in performing exercises and activity.
When an athletic injury occurs, time is of the essence. The sooner an injury is identified and treated, the sooner the recovery process can begin — and the sooner you can get back in the game. To expedite diagnosis, the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute provides digital x-rays on site.
Digital x-rays need no processing, and images are available immediately. Our picture archiving and communication system gives physicians immediate access to the images produced at the Institute and offers them access to previous x-rays for comparison.
Imaging services are also available during the institute’s walk-in sports medicine clinic [link to page with hours], which takes place each weekday for the general public. If you come into the clinic with an injury, all the resources you may need — x-rays, physicians, physical therapists and other sports medicine professionals – are on site, helping to ensure an accurate diagnosis and effective, timely treatment.