Thursday, May 26, 2005

Your Solutions to Sports Injuries & Prevention Of Sports Injuries

By Rich Lauro

Sports injuries will eventually affect the majority of athletes and active individuals at some point.
One of the main causes of sports injuries and re-injury is muscle weakness.

Muscles can be strengthened in a number of ways. The problem with most muscle-building or fitness programs is that they strengthen muscles that are already strong while the weak or injured muscles remain weak. This is because your body recruits the strong muscles to protect the weak or injured ones.

How would you like to...

Recover faster from sports injuries?
Improve athletic performance?
Prevent sports injuries and re-injuries?
Avoid surgery for your injury?
Reduce pain while playing sports?
Have a healthier body?
You're only as strong as your weakest link. Until you strengthen the weakest link, you will be prone to sports injuries or re-injury.

A weak muscle can be compared to a car battery. If you do not have the proper connection, you can turn the key to the ignition all you want, but the car will not start. The car must first be "jump-started" to get the proper connection.

The muscles work in the same way. If there has been stress, trauma or overuse, then there has been some change in the neurological input to that muscle.

You can exercise the muscle all you want but the body will find a way to compensate. What you need to do is jump-start the muscle the same way you jump-start the car battery. When the proper connection is not being made between the brain and the muscle, the muscle has lost the neurological connection from the brain and can't function properly.

In order to regain the proper connection the muscle must first be "jump started" with MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) before you can strengthen it through exercise.

If a weak (inhibited) muscle is not first jump-started, then the body is forced to compensate and use other muscles to perform the desired movement.

This will cause the strong muscle to get stronger and the weak remain weak further magnifying the imbalance. Once a muscle has been jump-started either by Muscle Activation Techniques manual therapy or corrective isometrics.

It is critical to follow up with reinforcement exercises using concentric and weight-bearing exercises to further re-enforce the strength of the muscles and integrate them into functional movement patterns

The most effective way to achieve truly balanced muscular strength is to use the Muscle Activation Technique (MAT), coupled with a corrective exercise and nutritional program to support healthy muscle cells.

If you'd like to see what's going on with your body, give us a call and we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about sports injuries and help you achieve balance.


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