Advanced Muscle Integration Therapy for High School Athletes
Teenage athletes in high school are prone to injuries just like professional athletes. But injuries that affect high school athletes manifest differently because their bodies are still growing. The growth of bones, tendons and muscles in developing bodies don’t occur at the same rate, making teenage athletes more prone to injuries.
Common high school sports injuries fall in the categories of overuse, acute or catastrophic. The first two categories of injuries affect soft tissues: ligaments, muscles, tendons and bones. Catastrophic injuries affect the brain and spinal cord.
Overuse Injuries take place gradually over time due to repeated use of various parts of the body during athletic activity, including training and live games. Injury occurs when the body doesn’t have adequate time to recover between these events, which affect the soft tissues.
Stress fractures are overuse injuries that often happen among teenage athletes. Bones pass through frequent turnover phases, which is also known as remodeling. During this process, new bone forms to replace older bone. When the athletic activity is intense, particularly during major competitions, the older bone breaks down rapidly, and the new bone may not form quickly enough to replace it. This may lead to a weak bone and a stress fracture.
Acute Injuries are results of a sudden traumatic event. For instance, if a collision takes place between two players or with an obstacle on the field, an acute injury may occur. Examples of such injuries include bruises or contusions, sprains (tearing or stretching a ligament), fractures and strains (stretching or tearing a tendon or muscle).
Concussions are moderate traumatic brain injuries that result from a direct blow to the body or head, which leads to an abnormal and sudden movement of the brain within the skull. Concussions can occur in many sports, but they’re more frequent in sports like football, soccer, ice hockey and field hockey.
Sports Therapy offered at Foresight Chiropractic include:
- Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical gentle chiropractic care. Over 30% of the sensory information needed to balance the body comes from the joints and muscles of the head and neck. Misalignments in the neck drastically affect the body’s balance and equilibrium and the brain will use the muscles to shift the entire spine in an effort to find balance.
- Advanced Muscle Integration Technique therapy (AMIT) helps high school athletes recover faster from injury, prevent future damage, and enhance their level of participation. The AMIT method has been used on Olympic and professional athletes for years and has been proved to be an effective treatment for chronic pain, injury prevention, and acute injury recovery.
AMIT rapidly identifies and heals the root cause of injury and dysfunction, removes pain, reveals areas at risk and improves performance without the use of drugs or surgery. AMIT practitioners test individual muscles and muscle groups to identify and treat those that are unstable, not functioning properly, and causing pain and injury. They specifically identify inhibited muscles and define body and joint movement patterns that are not stable and lead to injury and reduced performance.
Once inhibited muscles are identified, AMIT treatment consists of stimulating seven specific reflex points and then adjusting specific points on the spine. After stimulating these points, the AMIT practitioner will re-test the muscles to determine that they have been re-activated and are strong.
- BEMER Vascular Therapy increases blood circulation, oxygen and removes metabolic waste increasing endurance and speeding up recovery for athletes. BEMER therapy is also used boosts the body’s healing ability after injury.
Dr. Keith Lavender in Gilbert, Arizona has been serving families and enhancing performance in professional and amateur athletes for over 20 years. He is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialist and Certified Advanced Muscle Integrated Technique (AMIT) practitioner. For more information and to schedule a free consultation to see how we can partner with you and your athlete in health and in performance, call 480-325-6977.