Who We Help
Who We Help: Athletes Performance Care has successfully treated musculoskeletal athletic injuries at all levels since 2003. Their athlete patient populations include individuals with a passion for various sports, adolescents participating in organized sports activities, high school and college student athletes, as well as semi-pro and professional athletes.
Regardless of the particular sport or the level of play, athletes in general are susceptible to various sports injuries. Sports injuries injuries range from joint sprains to muscle strains and pulls to adhesions and contractures to soft tissue tears involving muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joint capsules as well as peripheral nerve impingements. The vast majority of sports injuries are the result of repetitive stress and strain, over use or cumulative injury disorders (CID’s).
Athletes Performance Care has been highly successful in treating a variety of soft-tissue athletic injuries and has developed a solid reputation. They are recognized as a premier sports injury practice on Long Island. The pinnacle of success is their specialization in Active Release Techniques (ART). If chronic, nagging injuries are not assessed, evaluated or identified and left untreated, performance will be negatively impacted. When addressing lingering injuries sooner rather than later, athletes will limit compensation patterns and avoid potentially greater problems. When athletes are proactive with sports injury treatment they decrease down time and increase performance sooner at a more optimal level. Athletes Performance Care benefits athletes by quickly and effectively identifying the structures affected and restoring those tissues to normal tension, integrity and function. When more serious sports injuries occur that require surgery, Athletes Performance Care is often referred patients from Orthopedist’s and Physical Therapist’s to assist in providing post-surgical rehabilitation treatment. Athletes Performance Care is the most accomplished ART practitioners on Long Island as measured by the number of ART credentials, earning them their current status and reputation.
Case Study: High Hamstring Strain
High Hamstring strains are quite common and a condition we see frequently. In many cases this is not a hamstring issue. Rather it is a sciatic nerve entrapment that is mimicking a high hamstring strain.
Many athletes come in frustrated after receiving physical therapy or massage or acupuncture or any combination thereof. Some may even have had negative radiographs or MRI’s, but they continue to feel the “high hamstring strain”. This condition presents as hamstring because stride length is shortened, range of motion may be compromised, hip extension could be affected and often it may be described as sitting on a ball. The pain and discomfort is typically located where the hamstring originates, deep under the glute. It often does not present as nerve involvement: burning, tingling, numbness, pins/needles, weakness.
In this case, when evaluating the tissue integrity of the hamstring it feels completely normal; soft, supple, smooth. This is a strong indication the sciatic nerve is “stuck” (entrapped) at a hip rotator muscle or sacral ligament and this is the cause of the restriction, not the hamstring. Palpation deep through the glute typically confirms the sciatic nerve involvement and we can actually feel the nerve restriction.
Nerves are designed to slide and glide, commonly referred to as flossing. When we stand straight and bend forward the sciatic nerve will glide north. Conversely, if we lie on our back and raise our legs together the nerve will glide south. So, if the sciatic nerve is “stuck” to another structure, range of motion will be negatively affected.
This is a classic example of repetitive stress and strain or overuse. We perform a nerve entrapment protocol specific to this location. The nerve is released and the athlete is back to full range of motion and stride length within 2-3 treatments. Athletes typically respond with amazement. Rarely are they seen again for the same issue.
“LIMP IN, DANCE OUT”
Not unlike Athletes, Active Individuals are also susceptible to similar musculoskeletal injuries resulting from repetitive stress and strain, overuse and cumulative injury disorders (CID’s). In this day and age, we are leading healthier lifestyles and living longer. One very common and vital component to this healthier lifestyle is physical activity and exercise.
As activity levels increase so does the potential for injury. No one is immune from this occurrence and soft-tissue injuries do not discriminate. Injury may occur from being overzealous with an activity or over exerting oneself with simple chores around the home. However, we no longer have to give in and accept living with the pain and discomfort.
Athletes Performance Care provides the same care and treatment to active individuals as they do with athletes. Essentially the soft tissue injuries are similar regardless of how they occur. The injuries are treated in the same manner with identical results. For example, an individual suffering with lower back pain from shoveling snow is treated precisely in the same manner as a golfer with the same condition.
These common soft tissue injuries range from joint sprains to muscle strains and pulls to adhesions and contractures to soft tissue tears involving muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joint capsules as well as peripheral nerve impingements. Some of these common injuries include:
- Neck/Cervical Pain
- Whiplash Injuries
- Shoulder Impingement
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Nerve Impingements of the Arm and Hand
- Epicondylitis-Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist Sprains/Injury
- Hand Grip/Finger Injuries
- Back Pain
- Abdominal Muscle Strains
- Low Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Nerve Impingements of the Leg and Foot
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Adductor Strains
- Quadriceps Strains
- Hamstring Strains
- Knee Pain
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Meniscus Impingement
- MCL Sprains
- LCL Sprains
- Calf Strains
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
Athletes Performance Care has been highly successful in treating a variety of soft-tissue injuries since 2003 and has developed a highly credible reputation. They are recognized as a premier soft-tissue injury practice on Long Island. The pinnacle of success is their specialization in Active Release Techniques (ART).
Athletes Performance Care benefits their patients by quickly and effectively identifying the soft-tissue structure(s) involved and restoring those tissues to normal tension, integrity and function. When more serious soft-tissue injuries occur that require surgery, Athletes Performance Care is often referred patients from Orthopedist’s and Physical Therapist’s to assist in providing post-surgical rehabilitation treatment.
Athletes Performance Care is the most accomplished Active Release Techniques practitioners on Long Island as measured by the number of ART credentials, earning them their current status and reputation as an Elite Provider of sports injury treatment, even in active individuals.
Corporate Wellness and Athletes Performance Care
Athletes Performance Care is one of the less than 500 Elite Providers of the ART Corporate Solutions network. Corporate Solutions is a division of Active Release Techniques (ART) specializing in workplace injury treatment as it relates to musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) or work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD’s).
MSD’s involve muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and peripheral nerves. These types of injuries result from repetitive stress and strain, sprains, spasms and overuse, heavy lifting, pushing, pulling and general repetitive motions. Whether in an office, on a factory floor, in a warehouse, working a delivery truck or out in the field, regardless of industry, all levels and positions are susceptible to WMSD’s.
Athletes Performance Care realizes that work place injuries are quite common and come at excessive costs to U.S. companies. “Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers $59.9 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance”, according to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index.”
Athletes Performance Care also recognizes MSD’s as the leading cause of pain, suffering and disability in American workplaces.
- MSD’s account for 33% of all workers compensation costs. Close to 400,000 of these types of injuries occur every year.
- The annual direct cost of MSD’s are $20 billion and indirect costs (lost productivity, product defects, days away from work, job transfers due to injury, restricted days, etc.) can be up to 5 times that of direct costs.
- It is estimated that the total cost of MSD’s ranges $45-54 billion annually.
- Finally, MSD cases account for 38% more lost time days than the average injury or illness.
ART Corporate Solutions has helped hundreds of companies across the country by:
- Reducing OSHA recordable claims by 50-80%.
- Successfully reducing direct medical costs of workers’ compensation claims by well over $70 million annually.
- Improved companies Insurance Experience Modifiers.
- Significantly reducing indirect costs including days away from work, job transfers due to injury, a decrease in restricted days and an increase in employee morale and productivity. Indirect costs can be up to 5 times that of direct costs.
The Goal of Athletes Performance Care and ART Corporate Solutions
- Improve your Company’s fiscal health through cost savings and foster employee morale.
- Promote employee productivity through improved physical health and wellbeing.
Individual components positively affected:
Improve Experience Modifier
When the Corporate Solutions program is adopted and executed as designed, it will efficiently reduce musculoskeletal-related workers’ compensation claims by 50%. Over a few years this will noticeably reduce insurance costs and result in significant savings by lowering your Experience Modifier Rate.
Increase Employee Productivity
When employees are distracted by aches and pains their productivity is affected. This may interrupt concentration, restrict normal mobility and/or cause premature fatigue. ART is designed to quickly identify MSD’s and restores normal function, range of motion and mobility, thus focus. Optimal productivity is restored by resolving the distracting aches and pains.
Increase Employee Presenteeism/Moral
According to Forbes Magazine, the cost of presenteeism is in excess of $150 billion annually country wide. Musculoskeletal problems also affect workers emotionally and psychologically. This leads to a loss of concentration, motivation and energy level, affecting immediate co-workers as well. With implementing our program, employees will re-engage with a healthier frame of mind simply because they are physically feeling better.
Decrease Workers’ Compensation Claims
Since the Corporate Solutions program is essentially an in-house first aid and wellness initiative, the cases referred to Athletes Performance Care would not initiate a claim. Given our efficacy rate and experience, a high percentage of referred cases are completely resolved eliminating the need for further medical evaluation. The result is a significant reductions in workers’ compensation claims.
Decrease OSHA Recordable Claims
This key distinction is ART’s recognition by OSHA as a first aid and wellness initiative. Therefore, employees referred to Athletes Performance Care for treatment are considered non-recordable events under OSHA standards.
According to a BLS study of 2015, 31% of all cases resulting in days away from work were the result of MSD’s, significantly impacting both direct and indirect costs. OSHA also notes work related MSDs are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. Health Advocate Solutions suggests developing proactive strategies to prevent or mitigate MSDs in the work place should be an important focus of employers. Our program provides the strategy to achieve this goal.
Decrease Costly Surgeries
Athletes Performance Care has helped a percentage of private practice patients avoid costly surgeries. These include Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, shoulder surgeries including rotor cuff repair, meniscus repair, hip and low back surgeries and other common conditions. These procedures require lengthy recovery times affecting productivity and days away from work. Our program will potentially help your employees avoid these kinds of surgeries as well.
Decrease Headaches/ Stiff Neck
This is a common condition affecting productivity, one we see on a daily basis. Headaches and migraines are a distraction affecting concentration and focus, hence productivity. In severe cases they are debilitating. These conditions are often caused by cervical muscle and nerve involvement. In the majority of cases, they are easily treatable and resolved quickly.