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Mobility is not the key to injury prevention? Hey, I’m Sarah from mostmotion® and I’m here with another video for every sports and fitness coach who is trying to help their clients to get amazing results and prevent injury. So mobility is not the key to injury prevention. What on earth do I mean by that? Most people do think that improving someone’s mobility will help them to prevent injury and it kind of will to a certain extent, but I’m going to explain to you why it’s not the key to preventing injuries longterm. Okay. So the first thing we need to get around is that what is mobility? It can, for me, it can be called anything. You can use the word flexibility. You could use the word mobility, you can use the word movement improvement. It doesn’t matter to me. The point is that we’re trying to improve the ability to move or be moved freely and easily.
So that is it. That’s what we trying to do. You can use whatever terminology you want. But when it comes to fitness coaches, we have an awful lot to think about when it comes to programming people with their fitness. So whether you’re doing group coaching or whether you’re doing personal one on one stuff, really, we’ve got a lot to think about. So we’ve got anaerobic training, aerobic training, you’ve got how people feel about their training. We’ve got the food they’re eating, testing them so that we can show them results that they’re getting. Then we’ve got the idea of mobility. We’re trying to get their form, right. We’re trying to plan their programming and think ahead of them all the time. And we’re trying to put their speed and agility stuff in there. And if we’re certified to do it, then we’ve also got rehab and reconditioning to look at as well.
But there’s one big problem with all of this. And that is the fact that the industry focuses on correct technique. And that leads when we look at improving somebody’s movement, then it leads us to believe that we’re trying to fix something. And that in itself gives us the impression that, because we’re focusing on something that is correct, then the body is moving in a bad way or there’s dysfunctional movement. And there’s some problems that we then have to try and fix. And that leads to separating mobility out into a separate activity. And that is why it is not the key to preventing injury because it takes time and effort. So if you look back on everything that we have to look at for somebody’s programming, then the areas of our training, which we’re not focusing on improving movement are in red, the ones that are in green and the ones that aren’t really relevant are in purple.
So we’ve got our main trainings. We’ve got aerobic training, anaerobic training, you know, we’ve got correct form, we’ve got speed and agility and all that kind of stuff. We’re not really focusing on improving the movement. When we’re focusing on nutrition, we’re trying to reduce inflammation, which will help improve movement. And so will the mobility section of what we’re doing, but with these black pluses that just shows that we have to focus on this and… Everything is and, and, and so we’re kind of adding all this time to what we have to try and put in to our client’s session. So we have to be quite careful about what we pick and choose, but if we stop focusing on the idea of trying to fix somebody’s movement you know, most people that we have in our sessions have had a lifetime of moving in a similar way.
You know, we’re creatures of habit. When we’re four, we get told to sit down and listen while we’re in school. So we spend hours and hours a day sitting down. And by the time they come to us for fitness, oftentimes they’re just restricted in how they move because we’ve been doing the same things over and over again for years and years on end. Okay. So if we stop focusing on trying to fix somebody’s movement, and we just focus on trying to offer opportunities to move differently, which will help the body to improve its ability to move in different directions. Then we can start to improve and make significant changes in how we’re getting to prevent injuries. Because of this balance here, there’s no way there’s ever going to be a shift that is more focused on improving movement when we’re focusing on trying to separate something out and fix a problem.
But if we stop focusing on fixing the problem and we start focusing on just improving the the ability to move in different directions, then we can do that in every area of our programming. And then we can start to turn the tide instead of creating problems or not just not focusing on the problem. We can start to turn the tide into improving their movement so significantly that we start to prevent injuries properly. So really the upshot of this video is don’t get distracted by fixing focus more on the opportunities you have to develop different movements in different ways. So we’re improving the directions that people can move in. We’re asking the body to do different, more complicated movements and just lots and lots of different ways of moving. And that will help to turn the tide from this, creating the tightness that causes these problems into preventing these injuries and making a really significant difference. And it’s huge, this difference that we can make as fitness coaches when we start to take this approach. So if you want to learn more about that, I’ve done a completely free webinar, how fitness coaches can save the NHS, no injury knowledge required. Just click the link in the description. If you want to know more about that. So thanks for watching and I’ll see you again, next time.