Active Rest – “Can I Play?” – Dr. Todd Rodman D.C.

An athletic patient that has an injury will often ask the question “can I return to my sport.”  This is a question that has many variables depending on the specifics and severity of the injury as well as the mechanics and type of sport they are returning to.

Research shows that early muscle activity of the injury promotes the healing process, speeds up recovery time and prevents deconditioning (muscle atrophy).  The days of prolonged bed rest for most injuries is not advised and actually can be detrimental to your recovery.

I like to advise what is called “Active Rest”.  This term sounds contradicting because if you rest how can you be active?  Active Rest means to do activities that avoid aggravating movements.  In order to prescribe an Active Rest exercise program the physician must have a deep understanding of the movements that aggrevate the specific injury and knowledge of the sport or activity that you are returning to.  The mechanics of the sport have to be evaluated so that the physician can design a specific fitness plan that doesn’t make your injury worse.

Criteria that must be met before an athlete returns to sport:

  • no visible swelling
  • full active range of motion
  • limited to no pain in the area
  • ability to perform the functions of the sport
  • mental preparedness of getting back to the activity

At SCNHS we hold certifications in CrossFit training, personal training as well as being strength and conditioning specialists.  We are qualified and knowledgeable in exercise and sports bio-mechanics and can design a training program to keep you active and help you to heal as quick as possible.  The days of recommended prolonged bed rest and avoiding all activity are over.  If you are told to stop doing what you love to do it is probably from someone that is unfamiliar with sports injuries and the benefits of Active Rest.  Please do not hesitate to contact us and have us review your injury and treatment plan.

Stay Active,
Dr. Todd Rodman

9878 Clint Moore Rd, Suite 206

Boca Raton, FL 33496

PHONE (561) 313-9117

– Official Team Chiropractor West Boca High School
– Official Team Chiropractor for Florida Atlantic University Athletics – January 2011 – Present
– Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP)
– Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP)
– National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.
– National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
– Certified in Active Release Technique (ART) – Full Body
– Certified in Active Release Techhnique (ART) Biomechanics -human biomechanics and running
– Certified in Graston Technique
– Certified in Enzyme Nutrition
– Certified in Kinesiotaping
– Medical Staff at Ironman Triathlon – Panama City, Fl 2012
– CrossFit Games Athlete Services – Carson, Ca 2012 and 2013.
– CrossFit Regionals Athlete Services – Palm Beach, FL 2012 – Present.
– CrossFit Regionals Director of Athlete Services – Palm Beach, FL 2013, 2014
– CrossFit level 1 certified trainer
– CrossFit certified mobility specialist

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Dr. Todd Rodman, DC, CCSP, CSCS is a practicing Sports Medicine Chiropractor and CrossFitter located in Boca Raton Florida. He is the Official Team Chiropractor for Florida Atlantic University Athletics, West Boca High School and he has been a recurring member of the Athlete Services staff at the CrossFit Games and Regionals. He has helped many people improve athletic performance, prevent injuries and overcome injuries through a combination of highly effective manual therapies and nutritional intervention. Dr. Rodman’s philosophy is to get people back to what they love to do as quickly as possible. In order to get exceptional results he has studied the most effective soft tissue and nutritional therapies to compliment his Chiropractic and physical rehabilitation background. He believes that pain and disease are a combination of mechanical, emotional and nutritional problems and all three need to be addressed in order get the best results. Dr. Rodman’s therapies and dedication to his patient’s has helped him to create his own effective approach to natural healing. He has helped a wide variety of people from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, office worker, children and the elderly. In 2010 Dr. Rodman was named as the official team Chiropractor of Florida Atlantic University athletics to help keep their players injury free and performing at their highest level. He has also been on the athlete services staff for the Ironman, CrossFit Games and is the director of athlete services for the CrossFit Southeast regional competitions. Dr. Rodman was born in New York City but has lived in Coral Springs, Florida since 1989. He is married to his high school sweetheart Lorin and they reside in Coral Springs with their three children Jack, Reese and Austin. His passion for Chiropractic care came from his own experience with many injuries that he experienced as a college baseball player. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family, playing all sports, fitness training, traveling, and volunteering with community service events. His favorite quote is “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


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