Sports Rehabilitation

Igor Kozlov, DPT treating patient using TRX for back exercise

About Sports Rehabilitation

Restoring the musculoskeletal system of an athlete to full flexibility and strength requires a different approach to rehabilitation than the general population.

Our Physical Therapists are former and current athletes, being involved in dance, martial arts, cycling, running, swimming, soccer, and more. We understand the physical demands that athletes undergo.

The Physical Therapy team at Park Sports apply their professional expertise and evidence-based knowledge to return injured athletes to their optimal performance.

At Park Sports Physical Therapy, our therapists work collaboratively with athletes to help them recover quickly to regain mobility, balance, and strength to ensure high performance after treatment.

Postoperative Rehabilitation

If surgery is required for your sports injury, our sports rehabilitation experts can help you prepare for surgery to ensure the best results after the procedure.

Postoperative rehabilitation requires special physical therapy protocols in order to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reestablish normal range of motion
  • Progressively increase strength and endurance
  • Prevent muscle atrophy

Some of the more common surgical procedures we treat are:

  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Rotator Cuff
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Lateral Ankle Ligaments Repair
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • UCL Reconstruction
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Reconstruction
  • Total Knee Replacement

Common Conditions and Injuries Treated

Ankle Sprain

Your ankle is made up of many ligaments that help connect and stabilize the joint. Sprains occur when ligaments are overstretched and/or torn. Sprains come in different forms of severity and can happen to anyone at any age. Athletes, especially those who run, skate, ski, or require quick pivots and changes in direction on their feet are more prone to receive this injury.

Symptoms of a sprained ankle can include swelling, bruising, sensitivity to touch, and/or instability or inability to put weight on the ankle. With more severe cases, such as a complete tearing of the ligament, patients describe a “popping” sound when the sprain occurs. These kinds of injuries require immediate care.

It is strongly recommended that you see a physical therapist if you sprained your ankle since lack of treatment can weaken the ankle and make it susceptible to future injuries.

The goal of rehabilitation is to strengthen the ankle’s muscles and ligaments. Our therapists create custom treatment plans to ensure that restore range of motion, prevent stiffness, and increase the flexibility of the ankle.

Groin Strain

Groin strains are a kind of injury that can range from mild to severe affecting any of the adductor muscles in the inner thigh, usually in the form of a tear or rupture. Sports involving running with quick changes of direction, kicking against a resistance (like a ball or martial arts), or overstretching the adductor muscles (like a deep lunge or high kick). The symptoms can vary from a sharp pain to bruising and swelling in the inner thigh.

Treatment can include stretching, strengthening, performing progressive functional and sports specific movements and exercises to help restore the muscle back to full function.

Hamstring Strain

Hamstring strains occur when the muscle is overstretched or receives a sudden force, such as poorly landing on the ground from a high jump. This injury is most common in dancers and athletes that require sprinting such as soccer, basketball, track, and football.

There are a number of reasons an athlete can experience a strain. Some of them include tightness in the muscles due to lack of stretching, muscle imbalances – usually occurring when certain muscles are stronger than the opposite muscle group, or generally having weak muscles.

Symptoms include swelling after a few hours of injury, bruising, and weakness of the hamstring that can last a few weeks.

Depending on the severity of the strain, our therapists may prescribe a knee splint to immobilize the leg to let it heal. In most cases, a standard treatment program would be designed to increase flexibility and strengthen the muscle. Our physical therapists work closely with athletes to ensure they recover with a full range of motion after treatment.

Our physical therapists are also skilled in postoperative rehabilitation should the patient undergo surgery for more severe hamstring strains.

Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

A common injury to runners, shin splints is described as a pain that comes on gradually on the inside of the lower leg around the shin bone. People usually feel soreness the day after a long run, long walk, hike, sprinting, or jumping for a long period of time. Irritation occurs when the muscles of the lower leg pull on the sheath covering the shin bone. Pain will vary depending on the intensity or length of training.

Runners who experience shin splints frequently should see a physical therapist for an assessment of their gait while they run or walk. With a few a adjustments and exercises to improve their running form, they will be better equipped to prevent shin splints from happening.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Sprain / Tear

This is a very common sports injury that can occur from changing direction rapidly, stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, landing from a jump incorrectly, or direct contact or collision. Your knee is a joint that connects the thigh bone, kneecap, and shin bone together by 4 ligaments, one of them being the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). An ACL tear or sprain can cause pain and swelling in the knee and can affect your balance due to the inability to put weight on the injured knee.

Your doctor may order x-rays or an MRI to properly diagnose an ACL injury. Our physical therapists are sports specialists.

Meet the Sports Rehabilitation Team

Boris Gilzon, DPT, PT, OCS, CHT

Boris Gilzon, DPT, PT, OCS, CHT

Certified Hand Therapist & Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Founder and co-owner of Park Sports Physical Therapy
  • Worked as Chief Physical Therapist at Brooklyn Spine and Arthritis Center of New York Methodist Hospital
  • Board Certified Hand Therapist since 2001
  • Associate Professor at CUNY/SI Department of Physical Therapy

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Svetlana Lazarev, PT - Physical Therapist

Svetlana Lazarev, PT

Physical Therapist & Advanced Hip Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Co-owner of Park Sports Physical Therapy
  • Obtained an Advanced Hip Clinician Certification from the Hospital for Special Surgery in 2012
  • Integrates yoga and Pilates based exercises into treatment

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Edward Umheiser, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy & Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Received a research study award in the area of balance and postural sway from SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Mentored at Lutheran Medical Center’s vestibular clinic treating patients with varying degrees of dizziness, balance disturbance, and vertigo
  • Clinic Director & Compliance Office at Park Sports

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Igor Kozlov, PT, DPT - Physical Therapist

Igor Kozlov, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

  • Received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hunter College
  • Attended courses focused on manual therapy at the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS)
  • Pre and Post Operative Rehabilitation

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Kristen Romeo, PT, DPT & Certified Schroth Therapist

Kristin Romeo, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy & Certified Schroth Therapist

  • Graduated from The College of Staten Island as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014
  • Emphasis on yoga and Pilates-based Physical Therapy
  • Experience working with pediatric patients
  • Certified in the Schroth Method of treating Scoliosis from X in XXXX

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Nicki Silberman, PT, DPT, PhD & Certified Schroth Specialist

Nicki Silberman, PT, DPT, PhD

Doctor of Physical Therapy & Certified Schroth Therapist

  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School certified Schroth Therapist
  • Graduated from the University of Delaware Physical Therapy program in 1996. Received her Doctorate for Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2006 and her PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2014.
  • Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education for the Hunter College DPT program and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Long Island Univeristy DPT program

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Dean Zaneteas

Dean Zaneteas, PT, MS, DPT

Physical Therapist & Expert for Aging Adults

  • Over 30 years of physical therapy experience treating pediatric and geriatric orthopedic cases.
  • Acted as Director of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Methodist Hospital.

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Nicole Liquori, DPT

Nicole Liquori, DPT

Physical Therapist

  • Sports Injuries
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Shoulder and Spinal Rehabilitation
  • Pre & Post Operative Rehabilitation

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Javier Benitez, PT, DPT

Javier Benitez, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

  • Over 15 years of personal training experience.
  • Pilates-based Physical Therapy.
  • Sports Injuries.
  • Pre & Post Operative Rehabilitation.

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Locations Offering Sports Rehabilitation

  • Park Sports Physical Therapy
    142 Prospect Park West
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    (718) 398-8800
  • Park Sports Physical Therapy
    670 6th Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    (718) 369-2560
  • Park Sports Physical Therapy
    973 Fulton St
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
    (718) 622-0224

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