How many of us go the gym or perform a sport that puts our body under a load of stresses? A lot of us do this, and because our body has been so cleverly built it can withstand most of the stresses we apply to it. What a lot of us do not realise is that in time, repetitve stress and trauma can lead to acute injury or more chronic physical degeneration later on in life. Yes, exercise is good for your health, however maintaining performance optimisation throughout your sporting life is key!
Injury screening is key in optimising your physical performance, whether it is for day to day living or for a particular sport. We all adapt specific postures and habits that may aid our body cope with demands short term, however long term these compensatory patterns may be detrimental and cause injury. Compensation occurs due to one or many underlying ‘problem/s’. Rather than breaking down, the body adapts! In the short term, this is fantastic because we can keep living and doing, however at some point this compensatory system is going to fail, and injury will occur.
What can you do to prevent this?
1. Follow a specific stretching program.
2. Alongside your training, work on specifically strengthening the stabilising muscles (eg. glutes, core). Sport specific strengthening work is imperative for performance optimisation.
3. Regular massage.
4. Regular injury screening.
5. Regular muscle balance testing.
6. Rest days.
7. Correct nutrition and supplementation.
At FUNCTION360 we specialise is sports prehab and rehab, injury screening and muscle balance testing. If you have any questions about what YOU should be doing email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, all stretching and strengthening programs should be individualised and tailored to your needs!!
Have a great work out 🙂