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 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 problems before they happen and the right advice will prevent injuries from happening. And in this way members can learn how to manage their own individual risk areas.
I am familiar with the load and mix of training involved and the strains it can cause. I have worked with multiple squad members to overcome and manage potential injuries. Previous club-based work has also involved screening dancers and sports persons to keep them free from injury, understanding where their potential weaknesses are and how best to help them, which in-turn has enabled them to gain higher rewards.
What is an athletic screening appointment?
The appointment lasts one hour. It will consist of a tailored assessment, treatment where necessary and advice on exercise, all leading to you being aware of the best way to combine your physical health needs and sporting ambitions.
Being unable to train due to injury is hugely frustrating and demoralising. Screening you regularly as an athlete is the best first step to ensuring you stay injury free while you train through the whole year.
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.
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.