Athletes and Overuse Injuries

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sports related overuse injuries.

What is the AlterG?

Athletic trainer Justin Perkins discusses how the AlterG is used to treat overuse injuries. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is the AlterG

The AlterG is an antigravity treadmill that we have, that we utilize in rehab, especially with overuse lower extremity type injuries. What it does, is it actually suspends the athlete over the treadmill, and decreases their bodyweight, so that that way, they have less impact on that overuse type injury.

 

The AlterG is an antigravity treadmill that suspends the athlete above the treadmill and allows for a decrease in bodyweight on the injured area, such as the knee or the ankle. This allows the athlete to continue running without the pounding of their body weight on the injured area.

Source: Jeffrey James, DO, Jon Sulentic, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Justin Perkins, Premier Health athletic trainer; American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases