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Sports Injuries Specialist

Cheryl Hurst, PsyD

Health Psychologist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Dr. Cheryl Hurst is a health psychologist and yoga instructor with extensive experience in rehabilitating diverse types of sports injuries. Contact her practice in Chicago, for a consultation to learn how she uses the yoga therapy to develop the strength, flexibility, and balance needed to heal sports injuries.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What sport injuries are helped by yoga therapy?

Nothing is more frustrating than an injury that keeps you sidelined, whether you’re a professional athlete, a student on the high school team, or an individual who thrives on activity. No matter what type of injury you’ve suffered, yoga has a vital role when it’s time to rehabilitate. Yoga is especially beneficial for rehabilitating some of the most common sports injuries, such as:

  • Pulled muscles
  • Torn ligaments
  • Shin splints
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Sprained ankle
  • Tennis elbow
  • Low back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Achilles tendinitis

What is the role of yoga in sports rehabilitation?

If you engage in a sport with repetitive movements, injury may arise from an imbalance in muscle strength. Lack of flexibility and body misalignment often cause injuries of the knee, hamstrings, hip flexors, and shoulders. Yoga facilitates a healthy recovery from these and other injuries by developing muscle strength, balance, and flexibility, not to mention a strong core.

Yoga therapy also enhances circulation of the bloodstream and the lymphatic system using gentle movement and postures that are well tolerated during rehabilitation. This helps speed healing time by allowing muscles to process metabolic waste and by boosting their supply of oxygen and nutrients.

Using yoga during rehabilitation gives many athletes a new perspective on whole-body health and balance that they may have missed in a training program that focused on building a specific skill or technique. What you gain from yoga can be used to restructure ongoing training and prevent future injuries.

What advantage do you gain from yoga rehabilitation with Dr. Hurst?

Dr. Hurst focuses on structural alignment of the anatomy, the impact of each action on the whole body, and creating balance and stability. Dr. Hurst helps you rehab injuries with poses and actions tailored to your stage of recovery. 

Yoga therapy fosters a holistic mind-body approach that improves your mental focus. When that mental focus is combined with greater flexibility, posture, and body mechanics, your rehabilitation and training become more efficient and more effective.

Well-planned yoga therapy doesn’t just help you rehabilitate from an injury; it extends into performance. The influence of yoga is extensive, but as one example, yoga trains you to naturally synchronize physical motion with breathing, which boosts endurance. Yoga challenges your balance while strengthening muscles. Then Dr. Hurst adds muscular action elements to power and recharge each pose so you can train for specific motions that are vital for your sport. Dr. Hurst offers in-depth training on key yoga postures relevant to the demands of your sport which can be tailored to improve your performance.