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Active Release Training for Athletes

By CoachUp Nation, 02/02/18, 12:00PM CST

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The treatment’s increase in popularity can largely be attributed to its ability to heal so many different sports-related injuries.

Active Release Technique (ART) is a form of physical therapy that concentrates on healing injuries by correcting the soft tissue of an affected area. The technique was founded by Dr. P. Michael Leahy and is a manual form of treatment that focuses on muscles, ligaments and tendons that have become damaged due to the overuse caused by an athlete’s training.

When a muscle becomes damaged scar tissue forms, the muscle shortens, and movement patterns can become altered. The body compensates to protect the injured muscle and the athlete is left with a compromised range of motion from the muscle, which can easily lead to frustrating performance.