Panther
Blog

A Brief History of Sports Therapy: 5th Century to the 2000's

As a subdivision of preventive treatment measures for sports-related injuries, sports medicine is a rehabilitation method for professional athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts alike. It serves to heal (or prevent) injuries from physical pursuits. Sports therapy medicine can be beneficial for any athlete. From marathon runners and football professionals, and even those who engage in less demanding activities like swimming or walking – everyone can benefit from sports therapy.

And while the concept of sports therapy medicine may be relatively new to some, it has actually been around for millennia. In fact, this therapeutic treatment has a rich and dynamic history.
Keep reading to learn more about…

The Brief History of Sports Therapy

The genesis of sports medicine extends as far back as the 5th century. Originating in ancient Greece and Rome, sports medicine began at a time when prosperity and achievement in athletics were highly valued as the pinnacle of human accomplishment. However, during this period, athletes were not properly trained.

This led to an influx of injuries and physical conditions which prompted higher education in the study of athletics. As such, the genesis of a well-harmonized exertion to bolster literacy in physical education began.

The chief goal was to minimize injuries among Olympic athletes, and the original physicians responsible for this undertaking were the medical practitioners Galen and Herodicus.

Later, there would be an unprecedented influx of knowledge in medical sports development going into and after the 20th century. This was due to the advancements in science, body functionality, and the increased levels of intelligence, skill, and education among physicians.

Herodicus is often cited as the catalyst for setting sports medicine into motion through restorative exercises that were done with Olympiads. As time passed, other notable medical practitioners played a large role in the cultivation of sports medicine.

10th to 11th Centuries

One of the more well-known names in sports medicine development was Avicenna. An admired Islamic polymath of the 10th and 11th centuries who greatly contributed to the early development of sports medicine.

He inspired many advancements in his respective field, including injury rehabilitation and the regeneration of aching muscles and tendons via massage therapy.

13th Century

After a couple of centuries, Italian medical practitioner, Santorio Santorius, examined and researched the metabolism and heart pulsation rates in humans. This was done by utilizing theories obtained from Galileo’s learnings.

As such, Santorius invested 30 years of his life monitoring the temperatures and pulse rates of people upon the completion of certain activities, some of which included simple acts like eating or sleeping.

His findings assisted physicians with understanding the impacts of physical movement on our bodies.

15th Century

Similar to Santorius, Gerolamo Mercuriale of the 1500s, was an Italian medical practitioner. He released De Arta Gymnastica in 1569, the first thoroughgoing book detailing how exercise impacts medicine as well as your general health. Later, Mercuriale would publish a multitude of other volumes informing readers about children’s health in addition to the human anatomy.

17th Century

Shortly before the 17th century, sports medicine underwent a bit of a renaissance. And Bernardino Ramazzini – an Italian physician – was at the forefront of this resurgence. Considered to be on of the fathers of sports medicine, Ramazzini watched the movements of athletes to dictate how posture and body motion impacted individual health.

As a result, practitioners gained a broader understanding of the connection between motion and health. This encouraged additional research and advancements in sports therapy medicine.
Research hit a lull during the 1700s. However, the profession experienced an influx in popularity during the 1800s for the reintroduction of the Olympic games.

19th Century

During the 1900s, committees were set in motion to observe and improve the methods connected to sports medicine. Prominent committees include the International Congress of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers Association. These committees enhance awareness among the general public about the advantages of sports medicine.

2000's and Beyond

Advancements continue to take place in the 21st century and beyond. Cutting-edge technology is reducing recovery time, increased knowledge is resulting in better training programs and bolstered athletic performances, etc.

As such, Panther Sports Medicine continues to research and implement the latest in sports medicine rehabilitative practices to ensure better health and enhanced performance. Contact us today for additional information.

Why Choose Panther Sports

Panther Sports Medicine has been serving Calgary for over 30 years! We are locally owned and operated. We offer comprehensive, professional rehabilitation services. Our staff is highly trained in the latest and most effective treatment options. With a wide variety of services and skills, we will get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
Personalized Service
Educated Professionals
Compassionate Staff
State of the Art Centres
Panther Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centres is a physical therapist owned and operated rehabilitation company. We are a network of ten rehabilitation centres located throughout the city of Calgary that offer a wide range of programs and services to help our patients restore and maximize their physical capabilities.
book online now
COUNTRY HILLS
403-226-5733

11950 Country Village Link NE
Calgary, AB
OAKRIDGE
403-258-2659

10003 - 24th Street SW
Calgary, AB
CRANSTON MARKET
403-455-1888

2010, 356 Cranston Road SE
Calgary, AB
TRICO CENTRE
403-278-5311

11150 Bonaventure Drive SE
Calgary, AB
SETON
403-764-6337

4995 Market Street SE
Calgary, AB
DEER VALLEY
403-475-1755

Suite 102, 83 Deerpoint Rd. SE
Calgary, AB
MARLBOROUGH MALL
403-272-4202

425 Marlborough Way NE
Calgary, AB
SOUTH FISH CREEK
403-225-0210

333 Shawville Blvd SE
Calgary, AB
MCKENZIE TOWNE
403-257-6238

75 High Street SE
Calgary, AB
WALDEN
587-356-4327

130, 19606 Walden Blvd SE
Calgary, AB
Copyright © 2022 - Panther Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Centres. All rights reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use

Website by iNet Media Ltd.

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram