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Injury Prevention Gains in 45 seconds? Hey, I’m Sarah from mostmotion® and I’m here with a video for every sports and fitness coach who wants to help with injury, but gets put off by the idea of getting in over their heads with topics that they don’t really know anything about, like mental health and injuries and stuff like that.

So the reason that we’re doing this today is because emotional stress and joint restriction are the two leading causes of sporting injury. So it’s really important that you know how to deal with those and you don’t need to know anything about those topics to help. An example of this is why we’re here in my studio today… is the hips.

We can think about it from a coaching point of view around the hips and what they’re doing. Okay, so let’s say I’m going to drop my hip, for example. Okay, I’m going to use this hip here, and I’m just going to drop it. Okay, as I drop it, I’ve got a stretch going on through here. Okay, there’s all sorts of other stuff going on in my hip, that standard stretches and stuff like that might not actually get at. But in using variety of movements, we can open the joints out, we can stop them being so restricted just by adding a little bit of variation in what we do. So as I dropped my hip, we’ve got that stretch going on. And depending on who your clients are, who your participants are, they might not like the idea of doing anything silly, or playing around with movements. So you can just use it as a bit of a stretch, you can say, or, you know, we’re aiming for the stretching here, you can move around on the point here, we can rotate around like this, this is just adding variations to the movement of the hip joints. And believe me, this is so effective, it is crazy, especially in 45 seconds, but we can ramp it up so that we’re adding that mental health element to it as well by just having a little bit of fun playing around with it. And again, it will depend on your people as to how much I call it ramping up the crazy, you can do okay, you can get away with so let’s say a silly example of this would be walking like a cat walk.

You could do this, step forwards, drop the other hips, step forwards drop the other hip, and just kind of move around like this, you could speed it up, you can even standing still and do like a bump, put some music or something like that can add a bit of arms and go a bit crazy if you like. Or you can add like a scoop and do what I call a scoop squat. So we drop the hip into one side, scoop across to the other side. And around again, we could just do squats like this, like this, like this, we can just add weights, we could do whatever it is that we want to do, okay, but playing around with something like that adds a little bit of fun element to it adds a bit of curiosity. And it adds a bit of variety to the movement that you’re asking your clients to do, which to their brain is very interesting. So that engages them very, very quickly into your session, which is why doing something like this in a warm up, for example, is a brilliant time to add some crazy variations to your movements, okay? Because at the start of your session, your clients are thinking, What am I doing tomorrow? What am I going to do for the rest of the day, and they’re worrying about what they did at work, her brain is somewhere else.

What we want is for them to focus in on themselves in on your session. And if we add that variety, that curiosity, that playfulness to our sessions, they’re engaged much more quickly, which means they’re focused on you not on their lives, they’re increasing their ability to move, because that’s the point of what you’re doing, you’re increasing the ability for hips to drop, and you’re preparing their body much more effectively for the movements that you’re asking them to do in the workout. So that’s why doing at the start is brilliant. Don’t wait for the endorphin rush at the end of your session to improve somebody’s mental health. Do it with movement, do it with a variety of movement and a beginning of the session. And your clients will be much more focused, much more prepared and much happier at the end of the session. Okay, so make sure you give it a go. And don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments below. How could you apply this to your participants? Let me know in the comments and we can share ideas and help everybody with mental health issues and their injury prevention issues at same time. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you again next time.

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