Can You Pass This Test?
Here are a couple basic movement assessments that you should be able to complete with full range of motion and without pain. If you cannot complete these tests then you are at risk of injury, if you are not already.
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Difficult training regimes, repetitive motion (swimming, running, cycling), and overworked muscles all place a great deal of stress on a triathlete’s body. These subtle or gross changes in the body can have a tremendous impact on the time and effort required to perform an activity.
Repetitive motion, constant tension, and pressure often result in inflammation and swelling of soft tissue. The body responds to this inflammation by laying down scar tissue (cross fibers across the tissue) in an attempt to stabilize the affected area. This scar tissue:
- Restricts motion,
- Reduces circulation,
- Inhibits nerve function,
- Causes ongoing friction and pressure,
- Results in the production of yet more cross fibers and adhesions across inflamed soft tissues.
Although physical training factors can be modified, the bio-mechanical restrictions that have been created in the triathlete’s body are seldom addressed. These restrictions lead to future injuries and inhibit the triathlete from reaching his or her full performance potential. Equally important, different athletes may present with identical pain patterns, but completely different structures that are impaired or injured.
This is a common situation that can be prevented with pre-workout Functional movement assessment with Dr. Karl. Dr. Karl uses a Selective functional Movement assessment to identify mechanical deficiencies that can contribute to injuries that occur in the gym when starting a new program. The goal is to identify the areas in your body that need specific stability training or mechanical therapy prior to starting a more vigorous workout. If there is a mechanical dysfunction, Dr. Karl may prescribe chiropractic treatments or Active Release Technique to help restore normal mechanics and remove the associated discomfort. If there is a stability issue, Dr. Karl can direct your trainer to the area of your body that needs stability training and or strength training in order to prevent a future injury. If you are tired of nagging injuries affecting your workouts, or if your injury keeps returning and is slow responsive to traditional types of care – call to schedule your selective functional movement assessment with Dr. Karl.