Athletes are recommended to go through all types of training to help them with their skill set and capabilities. Most athletes look at the physical and mental strength they possess while on the field of play, but certain hindrances can occur in the process. Some experience injuries, while others have a roadblock to their progress to improvement.

Physical therapy is a common and effective service for athletes. 

There are important signs that an athlete should consider to determine if they would benefit from physiotherapy services. These signs include:

1) Chronic Pain or Traumatic injury

When an athlete has a traumatic injury and/or continuous pain, this is a clear sign that something is going on within their body that should be addressed as soon as possible. A professional physical therapist will analyze the athlete's movement, posture, and muscle strength in order to determine the exact issue.

2) Ineffective Medication

Athletes who are dealing with back pain, knee pain, and elbow pain may have taken medication as a temporary solution to their pain problems. Although various medications work to a certain degree, there are some that do not provide a long-lasting effect. If you're seeking a better alternative to medications, consider physiotherapy.

3) Visible Swelling

Athletes who experience swelling in their bodies should see how it's affecting their daily lives. This problem reduces their ability to be pain-free and maintain a good level of activity.  If you see visible swelling in your body, consider physical therapy.

4) Lack of Range of Motion 

Even though athletes often experience muscle strain, there is a clear difference between a normal muscle strain and an injured area that is lacking range of motion. Being able to work through your range of motion is integral to your performance. If you lack motion in one or multiple areas of your body, it might be time to seek physiotherapy.

5) Overall Fatigue

When an athlete is lacking in energy and endurance, it could be a sign that something is going on within their body. Fatigue can be a sign that your muscles need help or cannot perform at an optimum level. A physical therapist will work with you and get you to a stronger place overall.

6) Bump in Progress

There are times when an athlete feels like they are experiencing a bump in their progress, holding the athlete back. Rather than working yourself to the bone, it might be better to check in with a physical therapist on how they could help you overcome such a challenge.


There are plenty of signs that an athlete should take a look at in order to determine if they need to seek professional help. A physical therapist can help with the recovery process and keep you on an effective path to achieving your goals.

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