There is no doubt that sport and exercise have enormous health benefits. If one is lucky, the injuries stay away but for most of us there will be a niggle at some stage. Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries are common in the sporting population. These can cause just a short interruption of training and competition or could mean a prolonged time away from the sports field. Physiotherapy provides an optimal environment for healing within the body’s normal limitations and accelerates the return to sport with a lower risk of re-injury.
Maybe treating injuries is too late; maybe we should be focussing more on preventing injuries. Not only does this ensure uninterrupted play for the athlete/sportsperson, but it often enhances performance too. A pre-season or pre-participation screening can reveal many interesting biomechanical factors that can be addressed effectively and early and ensure that a possible injury does not occur. In young athletes we find that if we fix biomechanical issues early, performance improves. Improved performance is a powerful motivator to continue with relevant exercises and the bonus is that perhaps a future injury will be avoided.
CrossFit ® is a very intense form of exercise. Those who do CrossFit® are normally passionate about it and the thought of not training, even for one day, is devastating. Pre-participation screening is very valuable to assess limitations that will prevent the athlete from achieving the various postures necessary for the exercises. Many an injury can be avoided by incorporating stretching/myofascial release/joint mobilisation and self treatment like “Mobi’s” into an athlete’s program.
If any injury does occur, modifications in training are suggested while treatment is happening until return to full activity is achieved. What fun it is to “play” again and at the same time benefit from the effects of training.
Hips, knees, ankles and toes. Shoulders and elbows. Muscles, ligaments and tendons. Backs and necks. We need them all to be working well in order to perform optimally. Don’t ignore that small niggle and allow it to become a big niggle.