Preventing Sports Injuries Through Strength Training
I’m sure you know the importance of strength training, the top three being: improved bone density, muscular strength, and body composition. But what do you do if you are hurt or have aches and pains that are limiting you from getting in the gym and doing what is needed to reap the rewards of strength training
Did you know that spending an extra 10 minutes a day doing the right exercises could mean staying injury free for life?
You are probably all too familiar with aches and pains. Walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night, ooh ouch what are these pins in my feet! Bending down to tie my shoes, ooh ouch my back just grabbed! Pulling a load of clothes out of the dryer, ooh ouch did someone just stab a knife in my elbow? Turning my head to back out of the driveway, ooh ouch what a zinger in my neck! Don’t worry, tendinitis and tightness sneak up on the best of us (yeah, even us!).
If you are not familiar with aches and pains, you are either younger than twenty or you aren’t using your body enough. The fact is, most activities you do will cause some form of tightness or muscular imbalance and that’s good. It means you are LIVING! You’re doing what you like, you’re chasing your dreams, you have wellness and a zest for life and we want to help you keep it!
When you are injured it SUCKS! Often it means you have to spend time not doing what you love and instead spend hours on REHAB, which we will save for another day.
Instead, today we want to talk about preventing injury, or what we refer to as PREHAB.
Any good strength training program should have a healthy dose of PreHab exercises (that’s what makes our Vic’s Coaching Series so amazing!) many of which are similar to the rehab exercises a physical therapist would take you through after an injury or surgery. But why wait until you are hurt? If you spend 10 minutes addressing your weaknesses, you can prevent them from becoming an issue.
If you spend time sitting at a computer during the day or do any form of exercise involving your upper body, then I recommend checking out the video clip below with one of my favorite PreHab exercises, TYI, for helping to maintain a healthy shoulder joint. Remember, good technique is EVERYTHING!
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