There are professionals who refuse to work in this way. People who are no longer learning and claim to have all the expertise necessary to fix all problems all the time. This is not exclusive to physical therapy, sports medicine or coaching.
The best physician in the world cannot fully heal a patient if the patient is does not comply with certain recommendations.
The most gifted athlete in the world will surely fail if the rely only on their abilities without learning from the lessons of a skilled coach.
The most skilled physical therapist will certainly see their interventions wasted if their client's physician is contradicting or undermining their care.
You see, it is only when all of the pieces of this puzzle fit together that each can acheive their highest potential. Ask yourself and others:
- Does your physician speak with your physical therapist?
- Is your physical therapist in contact with parents or coaches?
- Has your any one part of your performance team given input to another?
- Is there communication between athletes, parents, and trainers?
Not all of us will have the opportunity to play professional sports. However, all of us DO have the potential. It is those of us who recognize that if they attempt to go it alone, the journey will be treacherous. We must see that there are people and professionals that can help to maximize all areas of sports performance.