Athletes are always advised to stretch before and after exercising but the big question is, are you doing the right stretches? There are 3 types of stretches, static, dynamic, and pre-contraction. Stretching is an effective method of increasing flexibility and muscle extensibility.
Stretching is prescribed to increase muscle length and range of motion (ROM) or to align collagen fibers during healing muscle. The benefits of stretching can be individualistic. Several factors such as gender, age, fitness level, type of exercise, etc. must be considered to avoid any negative impact.
This program is designed to provide you with the right type of stretches, the best kind of stretches, the right time to stretch, and the right way to stretch.
Injury Prevention Program
Physical Therapists can help keep you proactive instead of reactive to physical injuries.
Physical therapists are experts in the way the human body moves by evaluating the movement system. Using their knowledge of mobility and locomotion they can identify body imbalances and risk factors that may suscept them to injury or inhibit physical performance.
Incorporating an injury prevention program can help prevent future injuries in addition to enhancing performance. These programs often incorporate proper warm-up exercises to perform before games and practices. They typically have a strong emphasis on accurate body mechanics and sport-specific movements.
This program is designed to provide you with a customized and integrated plan of care to achieve your specific goals.
Strengthening exercises are exercises designed to increase the strength of a specific muscle or group of muscles. These exercises overload the muscle until the point of muscle fatigue.
Implementing a strength training program can aid in recovering your strength, prevent injuries, and enhance your overall physical function.
This program is designed to identify your specific needs, select the appropriate exercises, gradually increase resistance, focus on proper form, and incorporate variety, so you can achieve your goals and improve your overall health and well-being.
A variety of therapeutic exercises are used in the overall progression of your plan of care. Your therapist will work with you to determine the appropriate amount of variety for your rehabilitation.
Mix n' Match
To properly promote strength training and rehabilitation, the therapist must reduce all poor movement patterns. This is to allow for proper muscle recruitment. Proper form is essential in strength training to ensure that the correct muscles are being targeted and to reduce the risk of injury.
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