Local Physical Therapists to Provide Commentary on Causes and Treatment of Injuries Sustained During Sochi Olympics

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 8, 2014) – A study by The American Journal of Sports Medicine calculates that nearly 10 percent of Olympic athletes will compete with an injury sustained during competition or in training leading up to the Olympic Games. Sports with the highest rate of serious injury include bobsled, ice hockey and alpine freestyle skiing. Most frequent injury sites include head, spine and knees, with the most common types of injuries being bruising, ligament tears and muscular sprains.

Throughout the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which started on February 7, 2014, Michelle Collie, owner of Performance Physical Therapy and a member of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPS), along with the clinicians at the nine Performance sites in Rhode Island will be providing a running commentary on the cause and treatment of injuries sustained by Winter Olympians.

“The Winter Games provides entertainment as we watch amazing athleticism and the journey of athletes vying to become Olympic Champions. To add to the entertainment is the very present element of physical danger and injury,” said Collie. “The drama surrounding the Olympics offers us a chance to witness and be inspired by what the human body is actually capable of. Additionally, we learn from the injuries sustained during the games, giving us the ability to teach everyday people better training, conditioning and prevention techniques for their sports and recreational activities. Ice- sports are especially popular in Rhode Island”, said Collie. “We see skaters, such as figure skaters and ice-hockey players of all ages and levels with injuries from over-use, over-training, and poor conditioning to more traumatic injuries, such as concussions, sprains, strain and fractures”.

This year Rhode Islanders will be paying close attention to local ice athlete, Marissa Castelli of Cranston, as she makes her Olympic debut with Simon Shnapir in the pairs ice-skating. “The team at Performance Physical Therapy will follow Castelli and Shnapir, and will be cheering them on in the hopes they have the performance of a lifetime”, states Collie. “Having a local athlete compete at an Olympic level is inspirational for other local athletes and the result will be increased participation in this sport. Parents, athletes and coaches need to be sure inexperienced skaters have the appropriate equipment and are provided with good coaching to prevent injuries from the outset. Physical Therapists rehabilitate skaters post injury as well as helping athletes prevent the injury. As the number of skaters increase, the physical therapists at Performance are prepared to treat injuries as well as work with athletes, coaches and parents to prevent injuries.”
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About Performance Physical Therapy
Established in 1999, Performance Physical Therapy is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation physical therapy practice with nine locations in Rhode Island. We are known for our customer care, our dedication to education and for providing the latest treatment and solutions to our patients. We provide a variety of services to help our patients of all ages achieve their overall fitness, wellness and rehabilitation goals. Our areas of specialty include sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, orthopedics and the spine. For more information please see the website; or visit our blog
Editor’s Note: Michelle Collie is available for additional comments. [email protected]

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