Overview

Rehab that get you back in the game

At UW Health, we understand that staying healthy when competing in a sport or participating in an activity is the key to being your best. When you get injured or need to rehab following surgery, you want to get back to your sport as soon as possible.

Our sports rehabilitation physical therapists and athletic trainers help you prevent injury and return to play. We create a rehabilitation and training plan that rebuilds your strength, mobility and improves your movement control and coordination. We offer sports specific rehabilitation programs as well as programs for tactical athletes (police, fire and military), aging athletes and those recovering from lower extremity injuries like ACL reconstruction.

We help you achieve your rehabilitation goals

Your athletic trainer or physical therapist talks with you about your rehabilitation goals. Your personalized plan includes exercises and therapy to help you:

  • Achieve lumbar-pelvic alignment

  • Avoid concussion

  • Build core strength

  • Build overall strength and stability 

  • Create posture awareness

  • Improve movement control

  • Improve muscle imbalance

  • Prevent injury

  • Reduce pain

  • Rehabilitate following surgery or injury

Programs and research

Physical therapy, athletic training and sports rehabilitation

Our programs

At UW Health, we have a large variety of sports rehabilitation programs and treatments to meet your needs.

UW Health Sports Rehabilitation designed its Optimize sports injury rehabilitation program for athletes who want to continue their physical therapy and rehabilitation program after their medically-based physical therapy program.

About Optimize

  • Optimize physical therapy appointments are one hour.

  • Appointments are not billable to insurance.

  • The cost for Optimize physical therapy is $150, due prior to the appointment.

  • Credit cards are accepted.

Post-rehabilitation exercise program

The post-rehabilitation exercise program is designed to meet the exercise, strength, speed, agility and endurance needs of athletes returning to sport after injury. This program is for patients who have completed their physical therapy but:

  • Have not achieved all of their personal rehabilitation goals

  • Want ongoing guidance as they continue through their sport season or training

UW Health Sports Rehabilitation assists in “bridging the gap” by providing a guided and structured transition from your rehabilitation program to a safe return to sports and an active lifestyle. Our physical therapists and athletic trainers have medical knowledge and extensive rehabilitation experience. They carefully assess and develop a safe and effective exercise plan specifically for you based on your individual needs.

Lower Extremity Performance Testing

Our lower-extremity performance testing assesses recovery from injury, identifies future injury risks and allows a more detailed performance training plan/program. Tests include:

  • KT1000

  • Y-balance

  • Biodex strength assessment

  • kiio force sensor assessment

  • Force plate jump test

  • Force plate hop test

  • Force plate running

  • Functional hop tests

Upper Extremity Performance Testing  

Upper-extremity performance testing assesses recovery from injury, identifies future injury risks and allows a more detailed performance training plan/program. Tests include

  • Upper extremity Y-balance

  • kiio force sensor assessment

  • Force plate push-up test

  • Functional throwing tests

Athletic Physicals/Checkups

Athletic physicals are focused orthopedic evaluations that occur once or twice per year assessing your movement and joint concerns. Our physical therapists work with you to determine the best action plan. The plan may involve:

  • Modifications or updates to your exercise and training program

  • A referral to a Sports Performance, Wellness, Learning Kitchen or Spots Nutrition program

  • A course of physical therapy

  • A referral to one of our Sports Medicine physicians or a primary care physician

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UW Health Sports Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive Sports Concussion Rehabilitation Program. Our team, in collaboration with Sports Medicine physicians, evaluates athletes with prolonged concussion symptoms.

About concussions

Concussion refers to a mild traumatic injury to the brain without an associated structural abnormality such as bleeding. It may occur with or without loss of consciousness.

While concussions can occur from direct impact, many occur without any contact to the head. A sudden abrupt stop, such as a fall to the ground or two players running directly into one another without hitting heads, can cause a concussion. 

Statistics 

  • Twenty percent of the estimated 1.7 million head injuries that occur in the United States each year are sports-related

  • In high school athletes, more than 50 percent have reported a history of concussion and more than 33 percent of collegiate athletes have reported a history of multiple concussions

  • Approximately 10 percent of sport-related injuries require hospitalization

  • Those who have had a head injury are two to four times more likely to have another head injury 

  • The majority of concussion patients recover quickly with rest, but as many as 33 percent may have continued symptoms

Post-concussion Syndrome (PCS)

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can develop after a single injury. Broadly defined, the hallmarks of PCS include prolonged fatigue, headache, dizziness, irritability, insomnia, and difficulty with concentration or memory, as well as intolerance to cardiovascular exercise.

The standard of care for PCS has been to rest, both from physical and cognitive activity, until symptoms are resolved. But recent research suggests rehabilitation as an effective way to address the potentially life-altering consequences of a concussion.

Rehabilitation evaluations

Evaluations include a thorough assessment of the whole athlete, with special consideration given to aerobic exercise tolerance, whiplash-like cervical spine dysfunction and problems with vision and balance. Graded exercise testing combined with a thorough examination can help properly classify the impairments underlying PCS. Since no two patients are identical, classification allows for a refined approach to identifying each patient's specific deficits and can lead to more appropriate treatment.

Treating Post-concussion Syndrome

Treatment is specific to each patient but often includes elements of closely monitored sub-symptom aerobic exercise, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for spinal dysfunction, visuomotor retraining and balance impairment. Progressive aerobic exercise has been shown to be safe and effective in improving function in patients with PCS.

Most patients are prescribed an exercise program to be performed five to six days per week, with close monitoring of exercise intensity using a heart rate monitor. Exercise intensity is determined during the evaluation, and maintained at sub-symptom levels. Cervical range-of-motion, eye movement and balance exercises may be prescribed, as well.

As patients make progress, rehabilitation programs are fine-tuned to meet the demands of returning to full function in daily life and sport. Additionally, elements of injury prevention, such as cervical strengthening exercises, are incorporated as individuals return to pre-injury activities.

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The UW Health Sports Medicine Center offers Spectrum, a lower-extremity, group rehabilitation program that combines philosophies of sports training and functional rehabilitation.

About our program

Spectrum training is for people from any healthcare system who have had ACL reconstruction or other lower-extremity injuries. It is designed to give athletes functional strength and sport-specific drills to return to sport activities. These classes are led by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who specialize in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lower-extremity rehabilitation.

Our classes:

  • Focus on teaching and retraining movements required for sport skills

  • Help build strength, flexibility, agility/coordination, endurance and sports skill

  • Develop the ability to respond to unanticipated movements and overcome fatigue, which is crucial for injury prevention and returning to sports after injury

  • Provide the psychological support of a group of people who have suffered and returned from similar injuries

Who is Spectrum For?

The class is primarily designed for patients who have had ACL reconstruction but is beneficial for all lower-extremity injuries.

How can I join Spectrum?

Request a Spectrum evaluation. This evaluation will help identify which Spectrum phase (see descriptions below) is right for you. After your evaluation, a Sports Rehabilitation physical therapist will provide Spectrum registration information.

Payment and reimbursement

Spectrum is a self-pay program. It is not part of physical therapy charges, so is not billed to insurance. Participation in the program does not count against your authorized individual physical therapy visits.

Phases

The Spectrum program includes three progressive phases:

Phase I: Return to Basic Fundamental Movement (Basic) ($120 per month).

The key to bridging the gap between rehabilitation and sports is to return to basic movement skills, including postural awareness exercises, balance activities, proprioceptive challenges, coordination activities and basic functional strengthening drills.

When does it meet?

  • Monday and Wednesday, 4-4:30 p.m. at Research Park Clinic

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-5 p.m., at UW Health at The American Center

Phase II: Restore Biomotor Patterns (Intermediate) ($160 per month)

As athletes relearn to control their strength and coordination, they need to apply coordination to running, jumping, hopping, skipping, leaping and catching before advanced athletic movements can be achieved. Activities in Phase II add components of speed, impact, and change of center-of-gravity, and combine more than one movement and more than one direction or plane of movement. They also continue to work to rebuild their strength.

When does it meet?

  • Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-5:15 p.m. at Research Park Clinic

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 5-5:45 p.m. at UW Health at The American Center

Phase III: Retrain and Recondition to Return to Sports (Advanced) ($192 per month)

In Phase lll, rehabilitation is specialized to individual sports and trains in agility, plyometrics, speed, strength and power exercises. After completion of Phase lll, athletes are prepared to resume full sports participation at pre-injury level or beyond.

When does it meet?

  • Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at UW Health at The American Center

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UW Health Sports Medicine Sports Rehabilitation and UW Health Spine Physical Therapy offer trigger point dry needling as an effective treatment for muscular pain from sport and orthopedic injuries and conditions.

What is trigger point dry needling?

Trigger point dry needling involves the insertion of a thin needle (monofilament) through the skin without the injection of any drug or solution. The movement of the needle deactivates painful trigger points (knots) in muscle tissue, called myofacial pain.

Trigger point dry needling targets nerve and muscle trigger points that are found in a spinal nerve root segmental pattern. The goal of the treatment is to create a mechanical stimulus - a twitch response - from one or more muscles that share the same nerve supply. The twitch response affects the biochemical and biomechanical properties of that muscle. Most people don't feel the needle penetrate the skin during treatment. Once the needle has advanced into the muscle, it responds with an involuntary twitch and/or muscle cramping sensation.

What is trigger point dry needling used for?

Trigger point dry needling can be an effective treatment tool for acute and chronic pain and rehabilitation from injury. Generally patients have few side effects. Common conditions include:

  • Tennis or golfers elbow

  • Muscle strains

  • Upper- and lower-back pain

  • Shoulder pain

Positive results are often apparent within two to four treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient.

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Sport-specific clinics for advanced rehabilitation

Our specialty clinics help you recover from injury and excel in your chosen sport or activity. You will get a detailed evaluation and treatment from specialists trained in injury prevention and rehabilitation for competitive and recreational athletes. We offer sports-specific programs to meet the unique needs of different athletes.

UW Health Athlete Preservation Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin, is designed specifically for adult athletes who want to remain active and at the top of their game. 

Whether you sustained a recent sports injury, are struggling with long-term effects of a prior injury or simply want to manage changes associated with aging, our sports rehabilitation specialists can help. Our team will create individualized, innovative and scientifically proven rehabilitation techniques to safely return you to the sports and activities you most enjoy.

Evaluation

Our Athlete Preservation Clinic team will initiate your care by performing a comprehensive evaluation of your strength, flexibility and movement capabilities. This may include:

  • Video analysis of your sport-specific movement

  • Use of force plates to assess appropriate biomechanics and impact activities

  • Computerized strength and motion testing equipment

  • Systematic movement screens

  • Various sport-specific performance assessments

Individualized treatment plan

Based on the results of your evaluation, our team works with you to construct an individualized treatment plan designed to deliver fast and effective results. We coach you through every stage of the process to get you back to your sport as swiftly and safely as possible. Treatments may include:

  • Assessment and modification of sport-specific techniques to limit or reduce stress on injured joints and tissues, improve movement efficiency and enhance sport skill

  • Strength and stability therapeutic exercise progressions

  • Mobility and flexibility exercises

  • Balance and proprioceptive training

  • Sport specific energy system development

  • Dynamic warm-up and cool down strategies

  • Anti-Gravity unloading treadmill

  • Aquatic therapy

  • Bracing, orthotics and taping technologies and techniques

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Whether you are an avid cyclist, recreational rider, triathlete or commuter in Wisconsin, the UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Cyclists Clinic is committed to keeping you on the roads and trails.

Cycling training tips (pdf)

About cycling

Cycling is a repetitive sport, with a rider averaging up to 5,400 pedal revolutions during one hour of cycling. This repetitive load can cause soft tissue in your legs to break down, resulting in pain and inability to ride. Causes of overuse injuries and tissue breakdown are numerous, including muscular imbalances (weakness, inflexibility, leg mal-alignment, leg length discrepancy), improper bike fit, training error and inappropriate pedaling mechanics.

Madison, Wisconsin is consistently rated one of the top places in the United States to bike. With breathtaking scenery and leg-crushing hills, Dane County is any cyclist's dream. Unfortunately, cycling does come with its drawbacks. Research has demonstrated that approximately 85 percent of recreational cyclists will sustain an injury, with the knee accounting for 60 percent of cycling overuse injuries.

About the Cyclists Clinic

Our Cyclists Clinic has a very unique distinction – our physical therapists are also certified bike fitters. Their education and experience with human biomechanics and performance, with road and tri-bike fit certifications from Trek and Serrota, make them experts in fitting you to the bike and the bike to you.

In addition to not being bound to one cycling-brand, our clinic also does not sell bike parts. This eliminates any conflict-of-interest related to profiting from the sale of new bike parts. We do have components to trial for fit. When new parts are recommended, we will help the cyclist get them through local bike shops or dealers.

Our team of physical therapists perform a thorough assessment, including bike measurements and a biomechanical fit assessment. This is followed by bike adjustments and/or physical therapy treatment to return you safely to pain-free riding with a decreased risk of re-injury.

Medical bike fit (60 minutes)

Biomechanical assessments are used in combination with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation to address your injury or pain. During the initial evaluation, patients receive: 

  • Cycling history review

  • Physical examination (i.e., flexibility, strength, skeletal alignment, foot structure)

  • Biomechanical analysis of cycling technique

  • Bike measurements and biomechanical fit assessment

  • Treatment plan and bike fit adjustments, as appropriate

  • Injury treatment and prevention education

  • Follow-up visits scheduled as needed

  • This will be billed to your insurance

Performance bike fit (60 minutes)

Biomechanical assessments are used in combination with a physical screening. During the appointments, clients receive: 

  • Cycling history review

  • Physical screening (i.e., flexibility, strength, skeletal alignment, foot structure)

  • Biomechanical analysis of cycling technique.

  • Bike measurements and biomechanical fit assessment

  • Bike fit adjustments, as appropriate

  • Follow-up visits scheduled as needed

  • A visit costs $150.

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UW Health Sports Rehabilitation offers the UW Health Dancers Clinic to care for injured and healthy dancers.

Dancers and sports medicine

The repetitive movements performed by dancers - releves, plies, developpes, sautés - require a unique blend of flexibility with stability, strength and endurance.

Most common dance injuries occur at the foot, ankle, lower leg, hip and back and are caused by:

  • Type and frequency of dance

  • Poor body alignment

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Overtraining

  • Type of footwear and floor surface

  • Past history of injury which can make them more vulnerable for reoccurrence

Dancer injury evaluation and treatment

  • Dance-specific musculoskeletal evaluation performed by a physical therapist or athletic trainer

  • Biomechanical assessment of dance technique, neuromuscular control, strength, flexibility and balance 

  • Use of Dartfish video analysis, as needed

  • Treatment: Therapeutic exercises, manual interventions and home program instruction

  • Recommendations for Pointe readiness or Pointe preparation

Our staff believes in a team approach to the dancer's overall health. Since recommendations may include modification of the current dance repertoire, we prefer to involve parents (if applicable, based on dancer age) and current dance instructors in the decision-making process to facilitate this team approach.

Athletic performance and conditioning for dancers

This UW Health Sports Rehabilitation program is geared towards healthy dancers of all levels and dance backgrounds. It is not a program designed to teach dance techniques as you would learn them in a studio. We will be focusing on the elements of strength, stability and control that dancers need to improve technical skills. You will learn how to move as an athlete and become a stronger dancer who can move with correct muscle activation to help prevent injuries.

Program goals

  • Lumbo-pelvic alignment and postural awareness with basic dance positions

  • Core strength awareness and strength building based on the Pilate's method

  • Movement (neuromuscular) control

  • Strength and stability training

  • Injury prevention

  • Awareness and correction of muscle imbalances

Visit 1 (60 minutes)

  • Physical screen

  • Movement analysis

  • Strength and Stability training introduction

Visit 2 (30 minutes)

  • Review findings

  • Introduce individual exercise plan

At the end of the 90 minutes, dancers receive a customized strength and stability training program to work on independently.

Cost

The cost of the program is $225. Additional visits can be scheduled with your clinician at a rate of $150 for 60 minutes.

Pointe readiness preparation and assessment

The UW Health Sports Medicine Pointe Readiness Preparation and Assessment program prepares the younger dancer to go on Pointe or assesses a dancer's readiness to go on Pointe once they reach the appropriate age.

Elements that factor into the assessment include the dancer's age, physical capabilities and the number of years they have been in ballet.

This assessment is available to both healthy and injured dancers and includes:

  • A 60-minute appointment that includes video analysis, brief musculoskeletal screen, physical exam and professional recommendations related to Pointe readiness to help reduce and prevent injuries

  • For healthy dancers, the physical examination consists of screening strength and flexibility

  • For injured dancers, the physical examination will include special orthopedic tests to assess the integrity and recovery of the injured tissues

  • Biomechanical assessment comprised of eight tests that challenge neuromuscular control, strength, flexibility and balance

  • Follow-up discussion to improve understanding of readiness using the Pointe Readiness Scoring Continuum

  • Recommendation of exercises and suggestions for improvement based on any physical limitations. 

Cost

  • Consultations with injured dancers will be billed to insurance as physical therapy or athletic training. Please contact your insurance company to verify your coverage. 

  • The 60-minute sessions for healthy dancers cost $150.

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UW Health Sports Rehabilitation has created the UW Health Golfers Clinic to help individuals address:

  • Swing biomechanics

  • Golf-related injuries

  • And physical limitations that impact an individual's golf swing

The UW Health Golfers Clinic includes a series of diagnostic physical tests used to evaluate each golfer's physical attributes as they relate to the golf swing. Based on this evaluation, a custom program will be designed to address the physical needs of each individual.

Golf injury evaluation

Is pain holding you back from playing your best golf or from playing the game at all? If so, the physical therapists and athletic trainers at UW Health Sports Rehabilitation can help. Our staff of Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professionals can get you back on track to playing pain-free golf.

  • Injury evaluation

  • Swing evaluation

  • Introduce individual exercise plan

Golf training

UW Health Sports Performance programs and sports training programs in Madison, Wisconsin, help you become a better athlete and better golfer by teaching healthy, athletic movement.

Request sports performance information by using our online form.

Our small-group training program is a great way to prepare for the golf season with others just like you. We provide a unique approach to golf conditioning, integrating the golf swing into physical development each session.

Core and flexibility

If you're lacking the flexibility you once had, we can help you get it back. This program focuses on regaining spine mobility, shoulder flexibility and hip rotation while teaching you how to maintain a stable core for better posture, balance, coordination and repeatable swing mechanics. Learn more or register

Speed and power

Have you lost yards off the tee? We know where to find them. Are you looking to improve your clubhead speed? We can help you with that too. This program has what you need to get your distance back. Each power-packed session will have you training like a pro with strength, speed and power exercises designed to improve your golf specific flexibility, stability, strength, power and speed. Learn more or register

Golf fitness evaluation ($99)

60-minute 1-on-1 golf fitness evaluation includes:

  • Golf History Intake

  • TPI Golf Screen

  • Golf Fitness Assessment

  • Custom Exercise Plan

  • TPI Pro Web Access

K-Vest body-swing performance assessment ($150)

60-minute 1-on-1 golf fitness evaluation includes:

  • Golf History Intake

  • TPI Golf Screen

  • 3D K-Vest Swing Assessment

  • Custom Exercise Plan

  • TPI Pro Web Access

Individual golf performance training

Single-Session Follow-up ($75)

Schedule a 1-on-1 training session with one of our Golf Performance Specialists.

10-Sessions Package ($600)

10-60 minute 1-on-1 golf performance training sessions with a TPI Certified Golf Fitness and Medical professional. Work with our experienced and certified professionals to improve your flexibility, posture and distance off the tee. Each program will be customized to your specific profile and will include access to the TPI Pro Website to complete your customized home program. If you want to play to your potential this year, there is no better place to start.

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UW Health Sports Rehabilitation in Madison, Wisconsin offers a Pilates Clinic to complement your current rehabilitation regimen and as a source for your self-directed workouts.

Pilates and sports medicine

Pilates is an important component of sports injury rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation specialists use Pilates exercises to:

  • Enhance and normalize muscle recruitment

  • Identify faulty movement patterns and work towards efficient movement patterns

  • Enhance segmental spinal stabilization

  • Improve mobility and stability

  • Improve postural alignment and awareness

  • Restore shoulder and hip movements

Pilates-based sports rehabilitation

Pilates-based sports rehabilitation is offered to new or current UW Health Sports Rehabilitation patients. Your first Pilates session will include: 

  • A 60-minute musculoskeletal, posture and movement assessment that incorporates a Pilates Reformer

  • Development of a detailed, individualized program incorporating Pilates-based movement exercises

  • Follow-up visits will be scheduled as needed

Program details:

  • Referral from a physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer is required.

  • Appointment charges are billed to your insurance. This does not guarantee insurance payment or coverage. Please check your insurance plan coverage.

Performance pilates

Performance Pilates is a three-step program designed for patients who want extra guidance after discharge from formal therapy and rehabilitation services.  

These options are designed for patients who want extra guidance after discharge from formal therapy and rehabilitation services. 

Option 1

Our Pilates specialists conduct a 60-minute evaluation to discuss goals and initiate effective exercises. Cost: Evaluation and a 10-class (30-minute sessions) pass is $180.

Option 2

If you are already a UW Health Sports Rehabilitation patient and have had a program set up by one of our Pilates specialists, you can set up a 30-minute appointment for program orientation and exercise update. You'll receive 10 visits to use our Pilates Reformer independently. Cost: $150

Option 3

If you are not a current UW Health Sports Rehabilitation patient and need a program set up for independent use of the reformer. Cost: Evaluation and a 10-class (30-minute sessions) pass is $180.

Option 4 for Sports Specific Programming

Our Pilates specialists conduct a 60-minute evaluation. Evaluation is $150, with one follow-up, 30-minute visit for $50, five follow-up 30-minute sessions for $200 or 10 follow-up 30-minute sessions for $350. 

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The UW Health Sports Medicine Runners Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin, is designed specifically with the runner's needs in mind. We are leading the way to speed the recovery from existing injuries and reduce the risk of future injuries. Whether you have been running for years or are just starting out, our team of professionals will provide expert examination and treatment of your running-related concerns. Physical therapists work in conjunction with physicians to help you achieve your running goals.

Running injury evaluations

Biomechanical assessments are used in combination with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation to address injury and performance issues. During the initial evaluation, patients receive:

  • History and running program review

  • Orthopedic examination (i.e., flexibility, strength, balance, skeletal alignment, foot structure)

  • Video analysis (below) of running mechanics

  • Treatment plan development, as appropriate

All tests and findings will be reviewed with you immediately following the examination. If necessary, a treatment program will be implemented, with follow-up options discussed. Your treatment program could consist of therapeutic exercises, manual interventions and guidelines for a progressive return to your prior running level. Modification to your running form also might be recommended to correct adverse running mechanics.

Injury-related evaluations and services are billed to your insurance company. Costs can range from $120 to $480, depending on the services provided. Please contact your insurance company to verify your coverage.

Running performance evaluations

For patients interested in improving performance, running mechanics also can be evaluated. Our staff uses video analysis and follow-up discussion to improve your efficiency, reduce energy cost and prevent injuries. In addition, a brief physical exam also can be performed.

If you are being seen for a performance assessment unrelated to injury, the following cost is payable at the time of service:

This is a 60-minute appointment that includes a 30-minute running video analysis, a brief musculoskeletal screen and professional recommendations related to footwear, running mechanics or exercise.

The cost is $150, due at the time of the appointment. Credit cards are accepted.

3-D computerized motion and forces evaluation

For patients interested in state-of-the-art and comprehensive assessments of their running mechanics, including precise joint motions and forces, we offer three-dimensional computerized analysis. Eight high-speed cameras record the runner on an instrumented treadmill that measures ground contact forces.

Specialized computer software estimates the specific loads to the musculoskeletal system, enabling our clinicians to better understand factors contributing to injury and optimize treatment. Each patient receives an individualized, comprehensive report of the analysis in combination with our two-dimensional analysis, which is still important for visualization and patient education.

Please note, patients should wear spandex running shorts and a compression running tank top for 3-D assessments.

This cost for this service is an additional $600, due at the time of the appointment. The 3-D analysis can be added to injury evaluations or performance evaluations but must be scheduled that way in advance and will not be billed to your insurance. (The 2-D analysis can be billed to your insurance if it is related to an injury.) Credit cards are accepted.

AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill

In their work with runners, our physical therapists and athletic trainers sometimes use the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill to "unweight" athletes and allow them to rehabilitate injuries while minimizing the impact of gravity on the athlete's body.

Active Moms Running evaluations

Pregnancy and delivery can place tremendous stress on the joints and soft tissues of the core, pelvis and lower extremities. Returning to running after childbirth is often difficult, with moms commonly experiencing a variety of musculoskeletal pains and symptoms.

Our Active Moms Running Evaluations use video running assessments in combination with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation, including ultrasound assessment of muscle function. During the initial evaluation, patients receive:

  • History and running program review

  • Orthopedic examination (i.e., flexibility, strength, balance, skeletal alignment, foot structure and running shoes)

  • Ultrasound biofeedback to improve abdominal muscle function

  • Video analysis of running mechanics

  • Treatment plan development, as appropriate

All tests and findings are reviewed immediately following the examination. Patients receive a summary of recommendations, including a treatment program, with follow-up options and therapeutic exercises, manual interventions, neuromuscular retraining, footwear recommendations and guidelines for training. Modifications to running form might be recommended to correct adverse running mechanics.

The Active Moms Running Evaluations are injury-related evaluations and services billed to insurance. Please contact your insurance company to verify your coverage. Running during pregnancy should be communicated and cleared with your physician. A referral from your physician is needed for all Active Moms who are currently pregnant.

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UW Health Sports Rehabilitation views CrossFit, Olympic lifting and other strength competitions as competitive sports. Like many sports, these activities come with injury potential and the desire to improve performance.

Our Sports Rehabilitation Physical Therapists can work with athletes with the goals of quick recovery from existing injuries and reducing the risk of future injuries allowing athletes to compete and participate at a high level in their sport.

Whether you just started CrossFit, compete in the Games, have been doing years of Olympic lifting, or are just interested in improving your strength during personal workouts at the gym, our team of professionals will provide expert examination and treatment of your CrossFit/weight training-related concerns. Physical therapists work in conjunction with Sports Medicine physicians to help you achieve your training or competitive goals.

Injury evaluation

Biomechanical assessments are used in combination with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation to address injury and performance issues. During the initial evaluation, athletes receive:

  • History and weight training program review

  • Orthopedic examination/screening (i.e., flexibility, strength, balance, skeletal alignment, mobility)

  • Video analysis of specific weight lifting or conditioning mechanics

  • Treatment plan development

UW Health Strength and Power Clinic can help you achieve your competitive goals. All tests and findings will be reviewed immediately following the examination. A treatment program will be implemented, with follow-up options discussed. A program may consist of therapeutic or corrective exercises, manual interventions and guidelines for a progressive return to prior weight training level. This program may also be a means of improving current performance. Modification to lifting form/scaling of workouts may also be recommended to correct adverse lifting mechanics.

Cost

Injury-related evaluations and services are billed to your insurance company. Costs can range from $120 to $480, depending on the services provided. Please contact your insurance company to verify your coverage.

Tendo unit

Many athletes develop good strength or the ability to apply force against resistance like a barbell. However, these same athletes may lack power or the ability to generate that force quickly. As such, athletes may deadlift a heavy amount, but not move quickly enough to drop under the barbell during a clean. Or a basketball player may be capable of squatting heavy weights, but lack the power to dunk a ball. A Tendo unit is used to measure both the speed of the bar and the power output of the athlete during a lift to objectively identify areas of weakness that may be affecting performance. Why use Tendo

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UW Health Sports Medicine's Sports Rehabilitation program offers a Swimmers Clinic that uses video-based biomechanical evaluations to address swimming injuries and improve swimming performance.

Stroke view video system

UW Health Sports Rehabilitation uses Stroke View, a four-camera system that allows for simultaneous underwater and over-water video capture from multiple angles. Stroke View has a 22-inch monitor on the pool deck for immediate review and feedback. This comprehensive biomechanical analysis allows for identification of stroke faults that may be causing pain/injury or limiting performance.

Swimming injury evaluations

Biomechanical video swimming evaluation is used in combination with musculoskeletal examination to address injuries and performance issues. The injury evaluation includes:

  • A review of swimming training, injury and performance

  • A physical examination including strength, flexibility, posture and alignment

  • Clinical testing of injuries

  • Video analysis of swimming biomechanics

  • A treatment plan which may include drills to correct stroke flaws, training recommendations, and/or exercises to normalize strength, flexibility and posture

All test findings will be reviewed immediately following the examination.

Swimming performance evaluations

The Sports Rehabilitation program uses biomechanical swimming evaluation and other measures to improve swimming performance or prevent future injury. The performance evaluation includes:

  • A screening examination of strength, flexibility and posture that may affect swimming biomechanics

  • Video analysis of swimming biomechanics

  • Drills and training recommendations to improve mechanics and performance

Cost

The 60-minute sessions cost $150. Please check with your insurance plan for reimbursement.

Performance group training

Performance Group Training sessions allow a maximum of 3 individuals to work with our Performance Swim Provider. These sessions can be used for technique or training. Technique can be evaluated by underwater and over-water cameras, reaction pads, touch pads and an underwater mirror. Training sessions can include speed assisted, resisted, power, aerobic and race pace training.

Cost

The 60-minute sessions cost $150, which can be split by the participants.

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The Tactical Athlete Clinic at UW Health recognizes our men and women of fire, police and military forces as functional athletes who have a unique set of physical demands required of them to perform their duties at a high level. As such, they require specialized treatment as well as priority demand when injured in order to ensure efficient recovery and return to duty as quickly as possible.

Our goal in the Tactical Athlete Rehabilitation Clinic is to provide specialized, state-of-the-art care that is tailored to the unique needs of tactical professionals. This includes:

  • Efficient entry into the medical system for appropriate diagnosis of conditions/injuries and timely implementation of appropriate treatment

  • Thorough evaluation and duty-specific rehab programs designed by clinicians experienced and skilled in Tactical Athlete programming

  • Development and implementation of branch-specific return to duty protocols/functional testing

  • Enhanced recovery and injury reduction measures including:

    • Coordination with Sports Performance for development of Tactical Athlete group training for prevention of injury, maintenance and improvement of functional fitness levels.

    • Group nutrition/cooking classes to optimize dietary intake to full recovery and enhance performance

    • Group mindfulness classes to enhance sleep hygiene and stress reduction for optimal recovery and overall wellbeing

  • Collaboration with tactical-centered research institutions and organizations to deliver consistent, quality care across south central Wisconsin with regional and national expansion in mind.

Evaluation and treatment

Our team will initiate your care by performing a comprehensive evaluation of your injury or surgery and may involve assessing strength, flexibility and movement capabilities within the scope of your needs for duty.

Based on your evaluation, our team will work with you to construct an individualized treatment plan designed to deliver fast and effective results. We will coach you through every stage of the process to get you back to duty as swiftly and safely as possible. Treatments utilized may include:

  • Assessment and modification of patient-centered and duty-specific techniques to limit or reduce stress on injured joints and tissues, improve movement efficiency and enhance functional task capacity

  • Duty-specific strength and stability therapeutic exercise progressions

  • Mobility and flexibility exercises

  • Balance and proprioceptive training

  • Use of pneumatic resistance machines (Keiser) to assess functional push/pull/rotation abilities with emphasis on stability, mobility or power

  • Use of weighted dumbbells, kettlebells, sleds, weighted plates, to assess functional lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying

  • Duty-specific energy system development

  • Dynamic warm up and cool down strategies

  • Anti-Gravity treadmill use for weightbearing progressions

  • Aquatic therapy for reduced stress upper body progression or lower body weightbearing progressions

  • Bracing, orthotics and taping technologies and techniques

Referrals and insurance coverage

Services will be billed to each patient’s health insurance plan or, if applicable, Worker’s Compensation providers. Please note that certain insurance plans do not cover LAT services. Please contact your insurance provider(s) for verification and or authorization of coverage prior to your initial visit to the Tactical Athlete Rehabilitation Clinic.

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Appropriate flexibility, balance, agility, strength, and endurance and sound mechanics are required for players to meet the progressive demands of the game as they graduate through the levels of baseball.

Improper throwing mechanics have led to an increase in shoulder and elbow injuries for baseball players.

Our goal is to help baseball and softball players who have pain while throwing or who are interested in mechanical improvements to reach their pitching or throwing goals.

Biomechanical video assessments are used in combination with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation to address injury and performance issues.

The clinic is for throwers ages eight through college level and for recreational athletes beyond college.

Injured throwers evaluation

Pitchers should bring their own glove. The first appointment lasts approximately one hour and consists of:

  1. History and throwing/training schedule review

  2. Physical examination (i.e., shoulder and hip mobility, rotator cuff strength, ligament and joint testing)

  3. Video analysis of pitching or throwing mechanics

  4. Implementation of a treatment program

  5. Guidelines for rehabilitation and throwing

  6. Teaching throwing correctional drills

  7. Interval throwing program (age- and position-specific)

Performance throwers evaluation

Our clinic can provide a biomechanical video performance evaluation designed for athletes who are not rehabilitating from injury but want to improve pitching mechanics. Improving mechanics is aimed at throwing with more accuracy and velocity while also focusing on injury prevention.

Pitchers should bring their own glove. The appointment lasts approximately one hour and consists of:

  1. History and throwing/training schedule review

  2. Physical examination (i.e., shoulder and hip mobility, rotator cuff strength, ligament and joint testing)

  3. Video analysis of pitching or throwing mechanics

  4. Implementation of a treatment program

  5. Guidelines for rehabilitation and throwing

  6. Teaching throwing correctional drills

  7. Interval throwing program (age- and position-specific)

Throwers Evaluation cost is $150.

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Direct Access to sports physical therapy

Sports physical therapy is not only for rehabilitation. Our physical therapists also specialize in evaluating the cause of pain or problems that you are having during your sports participation. You can set up appointments with licensed physical therapists for an evaluation without the need of a physician referral via our Direct Access program. Request a self-referral

Research that improves sports injury care 

Our sports rehabilitation team works with doctors and scientists to study ways to improve your recovery from sports injuries. We research biomechanics, human movement and how bones and muscles recover. We test new ways to treat sports injuries and maximize athletic performance. Learn more

Meet our team

Sports rehabilitation experts by your side

The physical therapists and athletic trainers at UW Health Sports rehab are experts in their field and specialize in specific sports. We understand what it takes to perform in each sport and work with athletes from the start of rehabilitation through return to sport.

Locations

Sports rehabilitation locations

We offer sports rehabilitation services at UW Health clinics on the east and west side of Madison.

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  • UW Health at The American Center - Sports Rehabilitation
    • 4602 Eastpark Blvd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 440-6444
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  • Research Park Clinic - Sports Rehabilitation
    • 621 Science Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-4765
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Patient resources

Patient resources and rehab guidelines

The sports rehabilitation team at UW Health works to get you back to your sport. We provide education and information along with therapy and treatments.

Learn more about our rehabilitation guidelines for injuries to the elbow, hip, knee, leg, shoulder and spine.