Therapy Options for Athletes: Which Ones Work the Best

As an athlete, you may run into a situation where you require some sort of restorative therapy to get back to the top of your game. Depending on what sport you play and what your budget is like and your timeline is, you may have several different options that come to the table. But how do you choose which one?

Some of the options include physical therapy, stem cell therapy, psychological therapy, and addiction therapy. Each one of those potential choices suggests a different type of injury or restorative need, so figuring out a broad category before figuring out a specific fix is going to help out your decision-making process.

Physical Therapy

Going through physical therapy for athletes can be a painful but necessary process to get back to top shape. Particularly for professional athletes, physical therapy may be required after surgery or major injury. You’ll hear about basketball players, baseball players, football players, and hockey players all having to go through extensive physical therapy after they’ve done something like tear a tendon in their knee or shoulder, or perhaps break a bone during some sort of athletic event.

Stem Cell Therapy

A more experimental way to approach therapy for an athlete is if you choose to get stem cell therapy. In stem cell therapy, a certified medical professional is going use stem cells try to recreate some of the types of cells that need to heal by injecting them in the right place under the right conditions. This has dramatic positive effect in some people and can work much more quickly and efficiently than some alternative therapy methods.

Psychological Therapy

For some athletes, the therapy options that work best are going to involve psychology. How many times have you heard of a baseball pitcher that is struggling, but nothing is wrong with his body? The mental aspects of sports can be even more difficult than the physical ones, and that’s why sometimes it takes a psychological therapist to help fix the issue. Looking into sports psychology is a fascinating way to study how athletes maintain some of their best skills.

Addiction Therapy

Many athletes deal with pain on a regular basis. So it’s not surprising that many of them take a lot of pain medication. And it’s further not unexpected that a lot of them end up addicted to various painkillers or performance-enhancing substances. So if the core of an athletes issue is an addiction to one of the substances, then going through some sort of rehab therapy should be the priority. Especially if this substance is banned by the sport the athlete plays, it’s much better to go and wean yourself off the drug first rather than get caught and punished later.

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Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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