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The Use of Medicine Balls in the Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

by Dan McGovern PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Co-Founder, Director of Athletic Performance
SPORT-Rx Athletic Performance Systems
Sports Medicine Director, Boston University Physical Therapy Center

The rehabilitation of sports related injuries has changed dramatically in the past decade. Advances in surgical procedures, clinical outcome studies, and changes in third party reimbursement have resulted in a new rehabilitation environment. Today’s clinicians must efficiently and effectively address an athlete’s physical impairments and functional limitations. The outcome is to return to play as quickly and safely as possible. Medicine balls have become an important tool in achieving this goal.

The use of medicine balls in rehabilitation has been a logical crossover from sports training. medicine balls provide the clinician a low-cost and portable option that is available in a wide range of weights and sizes. This exercise tool can be incorporated early in the rehabilitation process and in the final phases of recovery. Clients frequently will purchase a medicine ball as part of their home program and use it to transition to an independent program.

At SPORT-Rx and Boston University we use medicine balls extensively in the rehabilitation of spinal, shoulder, and knee injuries. The ability to perform multiplanar exercises at slow to high speeds with a medicine ball has made it an essential tool for the rehabilitation specialist.

Using medicine balls for Sports Injury Rehabilitation