Prevent Injuries Among Your High School Athletes

Injury among high school athletes is an increasing issue with an estimated 2 million injuries taking place each year. Marathon Physical Therapy can help your athlete(s) avoid injury.


Injury among high school athletes is a common reality. High school students account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. The root of this problem is not through overuse but the alignment, strength and mobility of the body.

It’s essential for any individual to understand their body before undergoing any exercise or training program for their sport.

At Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we believe in getting to the issue before it starts. Each of our student athletes undergoes a Functional Movement Screen (FMS).  A Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an objective assessment of the athlete’s movement patterns; revealing asymmetries and limitations to the athlete’s mobility and stability, the two primary components of functional movement patterns.

Functional Movement Screens are a powerful way to customize training programs for an athlete, team and/or endurance club. At Marathon, we collect the data from the Functional Movement Screens to design performance enhancement and injury prevention programs.  Programs include a dynamic warm up, strength, flexibility and conditioning to better prepare athletes for their respective sport.

In addition to program design, Marathon staff uses this data to relay information regarding potential injuries and asymmetries for the team and/or athlete to coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians.  This information also serves as the basis for tracking progress with the team and/or athlete over time.

Are you a parent, coach, athletic trainer and/or Athletic Director looking for an effective way to prevent your athlete(s) from incurring injuries this season? At Marathon, we are currently offering Performance Enhancement Camps.

Performance Enhancement Camps

Our Performance Enhancement Camp encompasses a Functional Movement Screen, a customized training plan and two sessions per week for a series of six weeks. Each session is designed based-off of the results of the Functional Movement Screen. The cost to participate is $75 per athlete, which covers the cost of the Functional Movement Screen; all sessions and training plans are donated complimentary as part of Marathon’s Community Outreach Program.

If you are a parent, coach and/or athletic trainer interested in launching this program at your local facility, please contact Bob Barksdale, MS, PT, CMPT, ATC, CSCS at rbarksdale@marathonphysicaltherapy.com.

You can also visit our website at www.marathonphysicaltherapy.com and find us on FaceBook (http://www.facebook.com/MarathonPhysicalTherapy) and Twitter (@Marathon_PT)





About Marathon Physical Therapy 

Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine was founded in 2004 by physical therapists with a the vision of an environment where exceptional quality and broad-based out-patient physical therapy merges seamlessly with programs in our clinics and surrounding communities to develop meaningful relationships that exist separate from or in addition to an injury or illness-related episode. Marathon truly exists to be “Keeping you well throughout the race of life”, whether that “race” is keeping up with your grandchildren, hiking Mount Washington, having the greatest garden in the neighborhood, or competing in your first or 101st triathlon. Marathon has an evolving and dynamic menu of services to help at every point along the way and always welcomes feedback on additional ways we can develop to better serve you.Part of Marathon’s identity is also the value we place on professional development, responsibility, and education.

Marathon provides annual membership dues for all clinicians in their respective professional organizations: American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainer Association, and American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Association of Massage Therapists. Members of the Marathon team are involved to varying degrees in these organizations in an effort to advance their respective professions. Marathon provides paid time off and a tuition stipend for full and part-time employees to attend continuing education courses and conferences according to their interests and areas of specialty, as well as serving as the only New England host-site for courses of the highly regarded North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Our clinicians and training staff are engaged in teaching at area colleges and universities, mentoring and clinical education relationships for students of physical therapy and athletic training, and interdisciplinary initiatives involving education and advancing clinical practice. All of this combines to draw a certain type of clinician to Marathon, and it is those special clinicians that make Marathon so effective in meeting the needs of the individuals and teams with whom we work.

Marathon is proud to be a teaching and clinical facility for the following Graduate Programs:

Boston University
Bridgewater State University
Clarkson University
Northeastern University
Sacred Heart University
Simmons College
Springfield College
UMASS Lowell
University of New England
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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