If I had one Rand for every time someone asked me why I was in rehab, I would have eight Rand… Just kidding, or am I?
But seriously the amount of times clients have asked me for movements to rehab an injury or a niggle is countless. Now I know, all to well, that things happen and injuries occur and that you cannot prevent everything, however I am a firm believer that most injuries can be prevented if the correct measures are put in place from the beginning.
Looking at the human body we have three main components that allow movement to occur. Firstly the nervous system, this is the information highway that allows the message from the brain to be transported to the muscular system which in turn initiates the movement. Now as you may have guessed the second is the muscular system. Muscles are the elastics, bands, pulleys and ropes of the body. They lie over joints and pull the levers of the skeletal system, which allows movement of the limbs. Last you have the skeletal system, which is the bricks and mortar of the body. It is the structure that keeps us upright and gives the body form. The skeletal system is made up of bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
Most injuries occur due to functional mobility or instability issues and weaknesses. So if that is the case, identifying the imbalances first and prehabbing them can and will prevent these functional injuries from happening.
A comprehensive screening system is needed to be able to identify any functional issues such as asymmetries and imbalances, mobility and stability issues and weaknesses. Using a movement screen will enable you to prescribe corrective movements that should level out asymmetries, mobilize and stabilize any problematic areas.
Being proactive rather than being reactive is far better and takes much less of your time and energy. Once you have an injury it will take around six weeks depending on the severity of the injury and the actions taken to rehab it. Not to mention the time off training. Regularly checking your movement patterns and correcting the issues will save you a ton of work and pain -it will keep you in the gym and on the field doing what you love.