She didn’t understand where this pain had come from.
She’s been teaching Yoga for 20 years.
She was flexible and strong…so how come she had developed back pain?
There’s a common misconception among sports and fitness coaches that avoiding injury is about stretching and strengthening.
Why is that a misconception?
Because it’s only PARTLY true.
The key to successfully avoiding injury isn’t about stretching muscles – it’s about moving joints.
And it’s not about strengthening muscles either – it’s about being able to move joints in as many ways as possible while under load or tension.
But even when we’re working to improve movement in this way, there’s STILL 2 fundamental mistakes that sports and fitness coaches make when trying to improve movement and avoid injury…that actually INCREASE the risk!
- Trying to improve movement BEFORE training
- Focusing on the BACK of the body
Warm ups are a great place to get your clients moving in lots of different ways. After all, the brain is most alert when it doesn’t know what’s coming, so by mixing things up in the warm up, we can get more muscles involved during the workout, which makes our clients faster and stronger.
But focusing our efforts on actually IMPROVING movement here is actually counterproductive.
Because most of our clients’ bodies have been restricted in movement for a long time. And the older they are, the longer their joints have been restricted.
So, working to get these joints moving more before their regular workout can increase the risk of injury because their tissues don’t have the endurance to cope with that workout when they’ve only just discovered how to move for the first time in 20 years!
Instead of focusing on body temperature, or improving joint range of movement, it’s my experience that focusing on WAKING the body up through variety of movement is far more productive.
But not all variety of movement is made equal.
And focusing our attention on the back of the body can actually INCREASE the risk of injury.
Because human bodies are built a certain way, and our Western lifestyles have us doing certain daily tasks that contribute to tightness in some places more than others.
As a general rule of thumb, short, tight muscles develop on the front of the body and this pulls the muscles on the back of the body into a excessively lengthened, yet also tight position.
If we focus our efforts on the hamstrings, calves, lower back etc. we will further lengthen these already stretched muscles and put them at higher risk of injury.
So, for best results, stick to improving movement around the front of the hip, knee and ankle.
- Focus on WAKING UP the body, not warming it up (that’ll happen anyway)
- Work on improving the FRONT of the body not the back (that’ll happen as a result)
You see, avoiding injury is not as simple as a bit of stretching and strengthening. That’s why injury rates are still rising.
But the industry standard information STILL doesn’t recognise this.
And to make things worse, their standard procedures are actually driving sports and fitness coaches to be part of CAUSING these injury problems!
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