Fitness & Nutrition

How Sports Medicine Can Benefit Anyone with an Active Lifestyle

April 20, 2021

“Most active people will experience some injury during their lifetime,” said Dr. Clay Strong, one of the orthopedic surgeons at Hancock Orthopedics. “Sports medicine can help identify and appropriately treat these injuries to get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible, while hopefully preventing future injuries.”

The reality is, most of us will never work as a professional athlete. But we can all benefit from the expertise of an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in getting athletes back to peak performance. For both athletes and everyday people, the goals for physicians at Hancock Orthopedics are the same: relieve pain and restore function.

For athletes, recovery proves even more critical. “Athletes have very high demands on their bodies, and high expectations of function,” Dr. Strong said. “This requires a team approach including the physicians, physical therapists, trainers, coaches, and patients.”

This collaborative approach means that Hancock Health physical therapists work in tandem with physicians at Hancock Orthopedics. “Our physical therapists have direct access to us at any time,” Dr. Strong said. “We try to work together to tailor our therapy to achieve everyone’s goal of an expedient return to sport, work, and life.”

Working Out Smarter, Not Harder

Athletes are always pushing their limits to achieve new levels of success on the playing field. While that’s great, Dr. Strong warns against overuse. “More is not always better,” he said. “Training smart is just as important as training hard. It often takes a long time to recover from overuse injuries. It’s important to rest. Appropriate training regimens and preventative programs go a long way to avoid injuries.”

Whether you’re the captain of your high school football team or a pickleballer on the weekends, Dr. Strong and his team at Hancock Orthopedics are ready to help you get back in the game. To schedule an appointment, call (317) 477-6683 today.