10/25/2009

The Right Exercise Programs Can Prevent Injuries Before They Happen

"Pre-Hab" Train to prevent injuries before they happen. It may not be possible to reduce the risk of accidents, but you can train to reduce injuries from other sources such as falling, poor posture, and muscle imbalances. Start with a self-assessment or assessment by a qualified trainer who can help you develop a corrective fitness program.

The case histories below present a few common problems that can be observed and addressed in a fitness program, and some suggestions for each. You may have to make some changes to adapt your program to these phases, but you can still have a program that is effective and fun.

"Post-Rehab" If you've already had an injury or surgery, you're at a risk of recurrence. Follow a program designed to carefully get your body back into a regular training routine, while preventing a recurrence. The National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends that athletes continue with exercises they did in physical therapy - for many people, this can last a lifetime. Try to identify and correct the underlying causes of the injury, often muscle imbalances and postural distortions.

If you need help, I can show you how to incorporate physical therapy exercises into your workout routing, keep the routine interesting, and progress the exercises from the more controlled and "clinical" physical therapy environment to the gym.