I'm sure there are many of you who are inspired for the sporting season ahead as we watch our Summer Sportsmen and Sportswomen racking up the gold, silver and bronze in Glasgow. It's winter here though.....cold outside. Your time is best spent preparing for the Aussie summer season with some indoor training. Winter is the time to be preparing for competition and an appropriate pre-season plan is a must for optimal performance.
Pre-season training sessions should primarily be base-building workouts focusing on strength, stamina, power and core strength. I still have flashbacks to my intense indoor circuit training sessions.....but I was just grateful to be inside away from the cold and ocean winds!
Track- and field-based sports are tough. Competitors suffer from muscle strains, aches and overuse injuries, all mainly due to the volumes and intensities of training that the body is unable to handle. Pre-season is therefore the perfect opportunity not only to improve the athlete's strength, but to also minimise their limitations.
Get ready for the Summer Sporting Season
Why? to identify any muscle imbalances, biomechanical issues, strength discrepancies and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
To function efficiently it is vital that athletes have good neuromuscular efficiency, posture, structural efficiency and functional efficiency. Without these the athlete is at risk of developing static malalignments, altered reciprocal inhibition and dynamic malalignments. Static malalignments can lead to alteration of the normal length-tension relationships, poor mobility and joint dysfunction. Muscles may spasm or become overactive and there is a risk that this may lead to altered recruitment patterns. Altered recruitment patterns can be caused by 'altered reciprocal inhibition' whereby the short and overactive muscles cause decreased activation of its functional agonist (opposing muscle), which in turn alters normal force couple relationships. An example of this would be overactive/tight hip flexors, which would decrease the neural drive to the Gluteus Maximus, and then lead to compensation and substitution by the hamstrings and erector spinae. This can potentially lead to hamstring strains and lower back pain, not to mention reduced athletic Performance.
So think about it....do you have a 'lazy bum'? Do you suffer from hamstring strains? Or are you looking to be your best in the coming season?
A thorough and integrated assessment makes it possible for your physio to identify problems, develop a corrective programme or treatment plan and then implement a solution to deliver performance results.
Book now for your 'Injury Prevention Screening' so you can start integrating your 'Prehabilitation Programme' into your winter training.