At Synergy Sports Therapy, we are passionate about doing what few other sports therapy clinics are able to do. We are committed to providing health, rehabilitation, and exercise professionals with educational resources that drive industry and academic change. We are therapists, researchers, trainers, educators, and coaches who integrate both evidence into practice and practice into research. We are experienced clinicians and coaches/athletes (Baseball, Volleyball, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and CrossFit), but believe that the truest sport is life; and that quality rehabilitation and training dictate improvements in life’s skills, even when clients don’t consider themselves athletes.
There is no one ‘best’ method of rehabilitation for life, health, or sport. The ‘best’ methods depend on many circumstances including the client’s current goals, needs, physiology, biomechanics, and skills; as well as constantly updated research and the ever evolving rehab industry. Quality practice is founded in a few key principles, but there can be much variety in the application of these principles. At Synergy, we believe that our ‘method’ is ever-changing. We are fortunate to have affiliations with the Integrative Clinical Exercise Physiology research laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan as well as with Synergy Strength and Conditioning, a leading Canadian strength and conditioning facility. Through these connections, we are constantly assessing, refining, and adapting our methodology to fit our clients best.
How is Synergy Sports Therapy different?
1. Evidence-based and Performance Driven: Many other clinics, therapists, and resources are highly practical, but lack a proper application. Our hypothesis is based on current research; research available in the literature and that which we also conduct ourselves on our practice.
2. Tried and true, but evolving, practical methodology: Many times therapists can be highly technical with too much emphasis on theory and not practical application. Our approach provides clients with research directed, practical, hands on practices that we have developed, utilized, and refined. We are therapists as well as strength coaches and we bring the best of both worlds to our practice.
3. Bridging the gap between “rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise” and “strength and conditioning”: One of the most significant, and appropriate, criticisms of many professional exercise training resources are that they do not cater to the appropriate clientele. The strength and conditioning training resources are geared mostly for athletes, and the clinical/rehabilitation resources are geared mostly toward therapeutic exercise. As such, most training resources are not appropriate for most populations. Our therapists provide clients tools to move forward with quality strength and rehabilitation programs that respect the bodies mechanics and proper energy system utilization and is appropriate for diverse clients of all skill level.
Our take on rehabilitation and training for health, fitness, and performance?
Synergy Sports Therapies has developed four key priority areas for our team focuses on. First, there is no one ‘best’ methodology; however, we believe in a few key principles that guide our philosophy. Second, although we recognize that each client has different needs, there are a few areas that most people need developing. Third, we believe in time-efficiency; there is no value in attempting to have clients needlessly spend hours a day training, when that doesn’t suit their goals, availability, or priorities. Keeping these factors in mind, our key priority areas are as follows:
1. Fundamental movement strength and power: Although there are some very significant pre- or co-requisites to whole body strength training (baseline general physical activity, adequate mobility, efficient and biomechanically appropriate movement patterns), attaining or developing strength and/or power in a few fundamental movements should be a goal of everyone. Activities that involve hip-hinging, squatting, and upward pressing (eg. deadlift and pull variations, squat variations, press variations, respectively) form the foundation of training. Not only are these movements essential to performance of functional skills, they are required for many activities of daily living. Despite the effort required to teach these movements properly, the functional payoff for clients is worth the time. For higher level clients who may have an adequate amount of baseline strength, maintenance of this strength while developing power or specific skill is crucial for having adequate training responses and injury prevention or recovery. Our focus is on teaching clients the importance of strength training and to correctly observe, correct, and prescribe bio-mechanically appropriate exercise techniques .
2. High(er) intensity training: Most people in the general public do not train hard enough or at all. Many athletes train hard, but with too much volume and not enough focus. Our main philosophy of conditioning is that it should do several things: a) allow harder than usual for that client work phases for reduced periods of time with periods of recovery, b) allow for multiple energy system adaptations in a time-efficient manner, c) not detract from strength and power adaptation, and d) incorporate higher resistance, fundamental movements to enhance strength and power development along with energy system development.
3. Establishing the pre- and co-requisites: In priority area 1, a few key pre- and co-requisites to strength and power training are required. Depending on the level of the client, these may be minor or major issues, but are vital to implement as part of a successful rehabilitation program. For many sedentary clients, a general increase in physical activity comprises all that is needed for aerobic energy system training and significantly reduces the cardiovascular risks associated with high-intensity exercise. Mobility and movement pattern development are important requirements for using fundamental movement exercises and, if not present or accounted for, can lead to increased risk of injury.
4. Efficient and practical rehabilitation programs: No resource is complete without a discussion regarding how treatments can be utilized in a ‘big picture’ manner. We include suggested short term programming and movement parameters with all treatment plans.