Improve Performance, Prevent Injury, Prolong Careers
Pliability, flexibility, mobility and overuse. All terms that are currently floating around the sports world. They have become buzzwords as athletes are playing into their 40’s, or worse, fizzing out in their first or second year. So, what do all these words mean, and, above all, what can be done about it.
Pliability is the body’s ability to adjust and adapt to change. Adapt to stress, change direction, recover after workouts all fall under the umbrella of pliability. Being pliable means being more resilient. Flexibility is the quality of bending easily. As a result, flexibility is an important quality for joint and muscle health. Mobility is the ability to move freely and easily. Mobility is arguably more important than flexibility. Because it is the body’s ability to be strong in its ranges of motion. Overuse rather, is the pain. This is weakness, or an injury that is the result of repetitive stress.
More important than the definitions, how can these be improved and prevented on an athlete? Both are addressed through the GSM Hip Check Program. This is an individualized comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal screen. Rather, a fancy way of saying it assesses the normal function of the body’s joints, soft tissue, and nervous system. Patients are assessed using sport specific motions and tests as a result.
Repetitive motions, such as skating, only strengthen certain muscles of the hips and legs. As a result, this creates imbalances and stresses the weaker muscles. Consequently leaving them vulnerable to injury. The aforementioned scenario is the perfect equation of an overuse injury. This is what it might look like in a math book:
Repetitive Motions x Muscular Imbalances / Compensation Patterns = INJURY!
The philosophy of injury prevention certainly works when all systems of the body work in unity. Proper joint range of motion, muscle length and dynamic strength allows this. Having a sports medicine physician assess for these imbalances helps diagnose problems. As a result, this will facilitate recovery to correct compensation patterns and prevent injuries.
The hips are the base of every human. Properly functioning hips translates to full body athleticism. Using a sport specific assessment is the only way to ensure that an athlete is performing at their peak while not paving the path towards an overuse injury. Seems like GI Joe got it right: “Now you know and knowing is half the battle.”
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