It seems obvious, but your sporting performance is linked directly to your general conditioning, your diet and your ability to perform functions that are key to your sport.
So why do so many amateur AND professional sports people fail to address any or all of these in their training?
A lot of team sports – football and rugby in particular – are very high risk in terms of causing injuries. Now, if you can do something to minimise that risk and extend your playing career, or remove niggles that prevent you performing at your best, that’s going to make you enjoy your sport that much more.
We’ve trained a lot of rugby and football players who felt they needed to improve their conditioning and strength to ensure they could last a match, or to push through into a first team.
We’ve trained cricketers who need to improve their bowling speed, and their batting average. Most people don’t realise how much the back and core is involved in sport, and once this strength and flexibility is improved, it’s no surprise that the performance at the sport also improves.
Whatever your sport, supplementary training is essential to get the most out of it. Even if your sport if just a hobby, additional training will help you get more out it – after all, professional sportspeople don’t simply practice their sport, they also train around it to improve.
Injury Prevention and Rehab
Most sporting injuries are simply accidents – things that can’t be avoided. However, it IS possible to insure yourself against minor, and sometimes major, injuries by strengthening areas that are more likely to be damaged.
For example, strengthening hamstrings and calf muscles helps to stabilise the knee joint, and means the knee is less likely to suffer ACL strains, or even tears. Even if you do injure the knee, having strong supporting musculature means the rehab and recovery period will be very much shorter.
The vast majority of injuries in team ball sports, are to the knees and ankles. Yet many people simply do not do any leg training at all, and assume that simply playing the sport is enough – it really isn’t. Directly working on areas that are exposed to the most risk, minimises that risk of injury. It sounds simple, but is so often ignored.
Similarly, we get many, many clients who come to us with ‘bad backs’. People generally assume that they have some kind of defect, that their back is a problem area and needs to be protected. Most of the time, it’s quite the reverse – their back and abdominal area is simply weak, and the spine is being forced to do all the work that the muscles should be doing. It’s no coincidence that the VAST majority of back problems simply disappear after a few weeks of training the lower back, and the core. If you’ve suffered with back pain for years, but never done any training, try it – you could be pain free in weeks.
We have direct experience of rehabbing knees, shoulders, backs and ankles – so whatever your injury, the chances are we can help you get over it in a safe and progressive manner.
If you would like more information on training to improve your sport performance, or working to prevent or rehab injuries, feel free to contact us here. We can also offer specific training plans and support on a one-to-one or small group basis, at our standard rates.