Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) provides services for Manhattan and the surrounding communities for all your orthopaedic needs. We offer both consultations with our Physicians and Physical Therapists. OSMC physical therapy is composed of a sports medicine team of physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and an athletic trainer that sees you from your initial injury all the way through your last stage of rehab and a full return to your sport or activity. 

Our physical therapy team is excited to offer a new service, Streamline to Sport.  This is an athletic training service that provides biomechanical and functional movement assessments, injury prevention strategies, and sport-specific rehabilitation designed to ensure you make a full return to your sport. 

Streamline to Sport offers the community the ability to receive services through movement assessments, proper exercise mechanics instruction, and sport-specific activity progressions. It provides our patients a guided way back from physical therapy discharge to full return to play all while preparing the athlete both physically and mentally. Our athletic trainer takes the fundamental movements and skills that are established in PT and progresses them to complex skills that your sport of activity demands. The progressions used not only help the patient get exposed to higher levels of skills that prepare them for full return to play but also, restore and build confidence and the mental assurance that he or she is ready for all activities. Our team creates customized and focused plans of care that concentrate on the injury or area of concern, are age-appropriate, and designed specifically for the necessary sport or activity. 

An example of how a patient would utilize this service would be modeled through a patient who has sustained an ACL injury, has gone through surgery, and is now approaching physical therapy discharge. Physical therapy discharge means that this patient has met goals that the physical therapist has set such as (not an all inclusive list): 

Restoring Mobility and/or Joint ROM 
Achieving Normal Posture and Gait
Achieving Local Strength (i.e. quadricep strength) 
Achieving Foundational, Functional Movement Strength (i.e. able to complete weighted squats, completing agility ladder patterns, establishing jumping and landing technique) 

Streamline to Sport, then, is taking this solid foundation to build upon and we progress through exercises to restore strength, add sport specific movements with progressions of velocity of these movement patterns to game speed. This includes (not an all inclusive list): 

Improve Functional Strength with Speed (i.e. completing agility ladder patterns for increased intensities) 
Improve Functional Strength with Speed in Multiple Planes (i.e cutting and change of direction activities)
Improve Ability to change Speed (i.e. working on the reaction time and randomization of your sport)
Improve Sport Specific Functional Capacity (i.e your sport-specific skill of batting, throwing, kicking, etc) 
Restore and build confidence and mental assurance in one self and abilities and skills

OSMC Physical Therapy is excited to be able to serve Manhattan and the surrounding communities with this new service. At our new East side Physical Therapy location, we are able to offer patients a large gym space that has a basketball, volleyball, and tennis court as well as a netting system where patients can complete batting, kicking, and throwing progressions. All of our equipment facilitates our providers exposing the patients to game-like situations and scenarios, prepares them for the demands of their sport or activity, and allowing them to reach his or her full potential. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit our website, kansasortho.com/streamline-to-sport-program, or call us at 785-564-4699 and ask for Elizabeth McKinney.