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Sports Performance Services


Why train with us?

Too many athletes end their athletic careers not because they want to, but because they have to. Don't let this happen to you.

The services we provide and the experience we have providing sports performance training makes Capital Sports Injury Center unique in the National Capital region. No one else has our experience in both treating athletic injuries and training athletes. Dr. Steven M. Horwitz is a certified chiropractic sports physician, strength and conditioning specialist, a USA Weightlifting Club Coach, and has won bodybuilding and powerlifting awards. He co-instructs Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, a state-mandated, 15 hour class for public school coaches. He coaches athletes of all ages and skill levels taking their performance to the next level by using a dynamic, integrative appoach to training.

Where else can your treatment and training be overseen by a doctor/sports performance expert who has been chosen by the United States Olympic Team as their sole chiropractor for the 1996 Olympic Games, is the Maryland Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a competitive powerlifter (three times body weight deadlift at age 40!)?

Read Fitness Guru Horwitz Shares His Wisdom and Montgomery County's Injury Prevention Guru

How do we do it?

Our sports performance coaches perform a Functional Movement Assessement on every client athlete. A Functional Movement Assessment is an evaluation of an athlete’s movement patterns designed to identify any underlying physical imbalances that would affect an athlete's competitive edge or predispose an athlete to injury. An athlete performs a series of functional movements designed to identify orthopedic and neuromuscular deficits that would adversely affect his/her athletic performance. From the results of the assessment a customized sports performance program is designed to assist the athlete in gaining a competitive edge and to begin to realize his/her athletic potential.

What constitutes a proper sports performance program?

The first and foremost component of a SAFE and EFFECTIVE program is TECHNIQUE! Many of our athletes have experienced "training" sessions that leave them dripping wet and exhausted. Is training harder the only way to train for sports performance? The answer is NO!

According to the National Strength and Conditioning Journal, "Studies show that the incidence of overuse injuries sustained by young athletes could be reduced by 50% if more emphasis was placed on the development of fundamental fitness abilities before sports participation." The missing ingredient in sports performance training is TECHNIQUE.

A good analogy for the importance of proper athletic technique is having your tires properly balanced on your car. Properly balanced tires allow the car to be driven faster, prevent uneven tire wear, permit the slowest rate of tread wear possible, and provide the greatest protection against blowout. The same goes for proper exercise technique and the human body, especially the musculo-skeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons).

So many injuries are the result of the combination of poor technique and overtraining. We have seen too many youth athletes (ages 8-18) come to our facility with a long list of musculo-skeletal injuries like stress fractures, acute and chronic muscle strains (hamstrings, calves, etc.), and ligament sprains (knees, ankles, etc.). This is NOT NORMAL! Most of these injuries start with an acute episode followed by chronic pain and loss of motion. They occur because the athlete is not properly balanced due to years of poor technique.

“Dr. Horwitz helped me make the Olympic team!”
Robert Muzzio, 1992 Olympian and Four Time U.S. Track and Field National Team Member

“Dr. Horwitz’s insight into ways to stay healthier and fit have been an essence of my training program. Working with Dr. Horwitz has enabled me to better understand fitness and the inner workings of my body.”
Renaldo Nehmiah, Former 110 meter World Record Holder and Former San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver.