Physical Therapy Treatment for Crossfit Athletes
Core Physical Therapy evaluates your CrossFit injury and creates a treatment plan that gets you back to training quickly and safely.
CrossFit Injury Types
Exercising at a high level in CrossFit or any other sport or activity can increase the risk of injury, however, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. At Core Physical Therapy, we see CrossFit athletes who experience shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, or low back pain. This pain may be due to a strength, mobility, or technique problem. We provide videotape analysis to identify faults during your lifts and offer suggestions to correct these faults. Below are common problems seen when performing overhead exercises, the deadlift, and the squat.
Overhead exercises (overhead press and strict press):
A common complaint with overhead exercises is shoulder pain. It is important to have full shoulder mobility and strength to decrease the risk of injury. We will perform an examination to identify strength and mobility deficits and lifting faults. Below are some common problems:
- Lack of control when the bar is overhead
- Generalized upper body and shoulder (rotator cuff) weakness
- Tight lats (latissimus dorsi) and pecs can prevent end range overhead mobility
- Limited joint mobility of the shoulder will decrease full overhead motion
- Limited mid-back (thoracic) mobility will prevent a full overhead range of motion
- Excessive lower back movement/inability to keep the spine neutral during the lift
- Bar finishes too far forward of the body
- Improper setup
Complaints with the deadlift may be hip and lower back pain. An examination will identify strength and mobility deficits and the lift will be videotaped to tease out any technique faults. Common findings include:
- Lack of trunk strength
- Gluteal weakness
- Lat weakness
- Hamstring inflexibility preventing the ability to maintain a neutral spine
- Hip joint mobility restrictions preventing normal set up position
- Poor set up
- Incorrect timing during lift
- Weight shifted forward
- Loss of neutral spine
- Bar too far away from the body when lifting
Knee, hip, and back pain are common complaints when performing the squat. We will determine the cause of your pain and how to best treat by videotape analysis and a physical examination. Pain may be due to the following:
- Gluteal weakness
- Quad weakness
- Trunk/core weakness
- Hip joint mobility restrictions preventing the ability to squat below parallel
- Ankle mobility restrictions causing forward weight shift
- Mid-back tightness limiting ability to keep a neutral spine
- Shoulder mobility restrictions causing problems with front, back, and overhead squats
- Elbow and wrist mobility deficits affecting front squats
- Knees “caving in” during the squat
- “Butt wink” (rounding of lower back) at the bottom of the lift
- Excessive forward lean
- Lack of squat depth
- Knees “driving forward”
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Why Choose Core Physical Therapy to Treat Your CrossFit Injury?
Our physical therapists have trained through the Institute of Clinical Excellence to serve the CrossFit population. We have completed courses that provide in-depth education about key lifts and exercises to help those in the strength and conditioning population. We will provide you with accurate load management in addition to strengthening and flexibility exercises that are tailored to your needs. Because of our low patient volume, we have more time to listen to your concerns and effectively treat your problems.
Let Core Physical Therapy help treat your CrossFit injury and get you back on track quickly!
Treatments for CrossFit Injuries
After a thorough exam, our physical therapists will provide appropriate strengthening and stability exercises targeted to the CrossFit athlete. This often includes rotator cuff strengthening.
If joint restrictions or muscle tightness is detected on your exam, treatment may include manual work to improve joint or soft tissue mobility of the shoulders or spine and/or flexibility exercises.
Our physical therapists will provide coaching and corrective exercises to improve your technique after videotape analysis. This is critical in order to prevent the recurrence of your symptoms.
Treatment will always be tailored to you. If indicated, modalities such as electrical stimulation, cupping, dry needling, ice with compression, tooling, and taping may be appropriate.
Meet The Core Physical Therapy Team
Brenda Miller PT, MPT, OCS, CLT, CMTPT
Owner & Physical Therapist
Brenda Miller is the founder and owner of Core Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Pennsylvania State University, then completed her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside Pennsylvania.
Morgan Chocklett PT, DPT
Morgan Chocklett earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Health Promotion from Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!!) and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mary Baldwin University. She is thrilled to be back in Blacksburg and flaunt her maroon and orange!
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