I had a conversation recently with the parent of a young athlete who I’ve been been treating for chronic groin pain. Given the chronic nature of it, it has taken close to 2 months to get near a complete resolution of his symptoms. His dad mentioned that he hasn’t been doing “performance stuff” because of the time committed to “rehabilitation.” Currently, he is 16, stands at 6’2, weighs 145lbs, and has progressed to performing 8 repetitions of 245lb Sumo Deadlifts. That’s an estimated 310lb max deadlift, which places his relative strength at 2.1x body weight. Now while this is rehabilitative for his groin, if someone thinks that there are no performance benefits coming out of this, then they’re dead wrong!
My point here is simple, and am in no way trying to trivialize the importance of dedicated strength and conditioning specialists. There are some of you guys out there that I’m in complete awe of. I make this statement because the ideal rehabilitation should bring the patient close to their terminal activity, whether it be an athlete or a home maker. Although there are many nuances in each, the common thread that links the two is that we are both committed to improving exercise capacity and tissue tolerance with graded exercise. These are not two worlds apart. Hence, if a patient is been seen by two separate professionals, communication is critical in order that a seamless path can be created to cultivate the ideal healing environment, ultimately leading to carry over in one’s terminal activity.