Club Athletic Screening

Running, dancing, rowing, hockey, football – whatever the club – if it involves exercise and training, there is always a risk of injury that can cause a loss of performance or members having to take time out of participation and competition. Sometimes these injuries are as a result of accidents and are unavoidable, but a large number of injuries are actually caused by strains associated with the training itself. In these cases there is a surprising amount that you can do to reduce the incidence of training-related injury.

Screening

Screening individuals for early signs of potential problems, such as a lack of a normal range of movement, tightness in muscle groups, imbalances in power or myofascial tissue compromise can catch and prevent injuries from happening. And members can learn how to manage their own individual risk areas.

Most of the club-based work has involved screening dancers and skaters to keep them free from injury, understanding where their potential weaknesses are and how best to manage them.

Observing

Having a pair of expert eyes cast over your training session can be invaluable in flagging up additional or alternative stretching and strengthening options to complement a current program. It can also highlight areas that may lead to problems and provide ideas to mitigate the risk.

From past experience, I know that visits to studios and clubs to see training in action can often provide that “Aha” moment, when it becomes clear why a group of individuals from a club are presenting similar imbalances or tightness.

Monitoring

Keeping tabs on what injuries happen to whom can point towards preventative action that can be taken for a whole team, squad or club. And as we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.