One of the worst feelings an athlete can have is being told they are not able to participate due to an injury, especially when it comes at a critical time in your season or career. How about if you are told you cannot work because of an injury? Finances now can become a great concern. Simply put, we can avoid some injuries and/or return quickly if we can move properly and without difficulty. Like it or not, we are machines! For a machine to run smoothly all parts need to be in their best shape and working together. Like a machine, if one part is not operating correctly, increased stress will be placed on other components until those too begin to have problems or fail. In situations where you sustained a significant injury, even months or years earlier, you may have developed altered movement patterns or compensations to reduce stress to the injured area or avoid painful movements. These compensations can then lead to increased use or demand on another part of our body and in turn present as a new injury.
In order to identify the location and severity of these movement dysfunctions, a movement screening session with a physical therapist or personal trainer may be your best resource. Assessment tools such as video analysis, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and the Y-Balance Test are able to provide more objective values and concrete data regarding any movement dysfunction, which are often related to deficits in range of motion, strength, balance, and core stability. All of these tools can be effective even when there is not an existing injury or pain.
In fact, here at Elite we employ a cutting-edge software called Move2Perform. Using this software and the results from FMS and Y-Balance testing, we can assess your level of risk for injury by calculating a value based on your test performance and comparing it to normative values of your peers based on age, gender, and primary sport (i.e. 16 year old female basketball players). If we find any specific deficit or movement dysfunction, we can then work to fix the problem before the injury ever occurs.
For all of us, regardless of age or athletic pursuit, it is highly recommended that we have proper symmetry in joint range of motion and supportive strength for both sides of the body. In order to improve your performance in the sport you love while remaining injury free, it is imperative that you start with a foundation of proper movement mechanics and then develop your strength, power, speed, and agility. Once a movement dysfunction is identified, it is important to have a trainer or therapist guide you on the appropriate exercises and progressions to correct these faults. Receiving immediate feedback on proper vs. improper movement will allow for faster progress and avoid the continuation of poor movement patterns.
In recognition of April as Youth Sports Injury Prevention Month, Elite Foxboro will be continuing to offer FREE Injury Risk Assessments for all prospective clients. Existing clients can also schedule an assessment session to be performed in place of a purchased training session. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, please give us a call at 774-215-5401 to schedule yours today.