How Velocity Helps Athletes Improve from Injury to Recovery

After a sports or orthopedic injury, people set a process in motion when they enter the healthcare system.  The decisions throughout that process can determine whether they recover quickly, with low risk of future re-injury, or whether they endure a slow recovery and a condition that can last for years.

The traditional therapy model might have the injured person going to 8 to 12 sessions of treatment, and then being turned loose to manage on their own.

This traditional model is often focused on treating the symptoms and reducing pain, but doesn’t address the underlying causes of that problem.

According to Velocity Sports Medicine Specialist, Misao Tanioka; “When underlying problems such as restricted mobility, muscle imbalances, poor joint stability or lack of functional strength aren’t addressed the risk of re-injury and/or chronic pain often remains.”

Those underlying problems can lead many individuals to experience a frustrating cycle of pain and injury, re-entry into the healthcare system, treatment, and release.  They can go through that repeatedly without ever getting to the root of the problem.

Velocity’s therapy model is built from the experiences working with the world’s elite athletes and organizations.  In that arena, performance is the name of the game, and results matter. 

Instead of “chasing the pain” alone, Velocity looks at the big picture of the athlete as a whole.  From evaluating the person’s basic fundamental movements, mobility, stability and function each individual’s needs can be identified to create a roadmap to recovery.

A Velocity specialists works with a professional athlete to assess a movement dysfunction.

“Whether it’s an Olympian trying to win to a medal, a young athlete trying to make it to the next level, or a serious weekend warrior, they have common goals in therapy. They all want to eliminate pain and be able to perform at their highest level.  No one wants to be restricted from the sports and activities they love.”

From the initial assessments, Velocity creates an integrated treatment plan that may involve rehab specialists, massage therapists, trainers, nutrition coaches, and mindset coaches.

For many people who have experienced the traditional healthcare model, this integrated approach can be a refreshing experience.

While most people may have experienced working with a rehab therapist, or maybe even a massage therapist, few have seen a coordinated effort with athletic strengthening, movement training, nutrition and mindset.  This is a whole new dimension.

Tania provides manual therapy to a member of the US Weightlifting team in preparation for the World Championships.

Tanioka explains this perspective, “It’s the model we strive for in our Athlete-Centered approach.  That means we focus on the individual as a whole, their goals, and what they can do, instead of what they can not do.  We want them to stay as active as possible in the process of restoring function and getting back to full, pain free sport and activity.”

Velocity built the model based on the demands of elite sport.  Training, Recovery, and Rehabilitation are facilitated with Mindset and Nutrition to help athletes achieve their goals.

For elite athletes, this makes sense and they have the mindset to do everything possible to recover.  But injuries aren’t as frequent for the weekend warriors and young athletes, and they may not be exposed to a comprehensive support system.

They might not be able to find the solutions as easily, and often end up more frustrated or find progress stagnates through the traditional process.  Their risk of reinjury can also be higher because of this.

Therapy isn’t just a short series of visits.  In the Velocity model, it’s a mindset of integrating all of the elements to achieve faster recovery, and sustain high performance.   “Instead of seeing therapy as something you do to merely eliminate the symptoms, we want to help people to recognize what their body requires, and start building good habits to consistently be able to take care of their needs” says Tanioka.

Velocity delivers solutions for athletes and active individuals with a new model of rehabilitating sports and orthopedic injuries.  By integrating a full spectrum of disciplines, each person can return to full, pain-free function quickly and safely, and maintain that performance for a long time.