New technology continues to reach into areas never thought of before. Wearable technology is playing a new role in preventing injuries, improving wellness and lending a new approach to rehabilitation.
In the world of professional sports, treating injured athletes is a serious business. Every year, millions of dollars in revenue are lost due to knee injuries alone. Not to mention the negative effect that injuries can have on the team and the personal careers of the athletes. With so much at stake, it is understandable why athletic organizations would do all they can to avoid injuries and reduce recovery times for players.
Well, thanks to some of the top manufacturers in the wearable fitness device industry, athletic teams and sports medicine professionals have joined forces with data scientists in an effort to better understand how an injury occurred, how to prevent it, and to track and improve the rehabilitation outcome. The latest wearable devices monitor things such as the amount of force placed on a recovering injury during workouts and practices. Some devices also monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and sleep quality.
With the information obtained from the athlete wearing the device, doctors and trainers can determine the amount of flexibility and the angle of displacement of a joint to better assess and treat the injury. Each sport has its own set of stressors, every injury is slightly different, and each athlete will heal and recover at a different pace. Even with identical injuries, each athlete’s recovery plan should be personalized to meet their particular needs.
With the advent of digital health information, combined with data from the wearable devices, all parties that have a need to know are able to have access to all the latest data and information on the athlete’s progress. This is a huge benefit in coordinating their care, and results in less money lost and a quicker return to the game.
When you experience a sports related injury, you can trust the doctors at Orthodedix MD. Our sports medicine doctors are board certified and fellowship trained in all the latest techniques and procedures, to quickly diagnose and treat your condition. Our on-site services include PRP therapy, cortisone steroid injections, and more.
We have two conveniently located offices in South Florida: Ft. Lauderdale (954) 771-8177) and Margate (954) 580-4080. Call today for a consultation or request an appointment online.