Research Review: Long-Term Effect of Physical Training as Treatment for Overuse Injury | Modern Manual Therapy Blog

Research Review: Long-Term Effect of Physical Training as Treatment for Overuse Injury

via Sports Medicine Research

SMR reviews research that examined the long term effects of active vs passive treatment for adductor injuries in athletes. The original study showed the active approach which combined strength training, balance, and coordination exercises was significantly better than a manual therapy, plus estim and stretching.

They followed up with the same athletes (n=47 out of the original 59) 8-12 years later and found that despite decreased activity level, the active group still fared better in terms of how they graded "excellent" results.

Of course this makes sense because even in spinal research, manual therapy + exercise has superior outcomes to manual therapy alone and exercise alone. The effects of any passive treatment, whether it's modalities or some form of manual therapy do not normally have lasting results without education and follow up exercises to address the reasons why the injury or dysfunction occurred in the first place.

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