Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention

The Benefits of Injury Rehabilitaion and Prevention

Injury Rehabilitation can help reduce, or eliminate the painful symptoms that happen as a result of physical activity and sport. This photo shows one of our clients experiencing a good passive Rec Fem (Rectus Femoris) and hip flexor stretch.

The Theory of Prevention

Instead of waiting for and injury to happen; or by assuming that injuries are ‘part & parcel’ of physical activity and sport, it only makes sense to prevent the pain, discomfort and immobility by doing everything in your power to prevent that injury from happening in the first place.  By thinking prevention, and training the body properly, you can save yourself a lot of hassle.  This means not using resistance machines, but exercises that deal with all of the forces that occur at all times.  Bodyweight, Free Weight (including TRX), Kettlebell, Dumbbell and Barbbell exercises all perfect examples of how you can train your body to deal with real life situations.

The benefits of physical activity and exercise are well documents, however, one of the side effects can often be pain, and/or injury.  By placing the body under constant stress, it can result in any of the following:

  • Muscle Tension – Muscle tension can often arise from the postures, and the stresses of everyday life.  This can often be the direct cause of painful symptoms.  Through techniques such as Foam Rolling (Self-Myofascial Release), and Sports Massage, we can decrease the symptoms and improve the clients Quality of Life (QL).
  • Muscle Strains – With increased resistance comes strain.  How you deal with it will determine how well it heals, and how quickly you’ll be back on the pitch, on the track, or in the gym.  One of the worst things you can do, is continue through the pain, increase the damage, continue the bleeding and prevent the healing.  Tips such as resting, icing the area, and performing gentle stretching to the point before pain are great ways of ensuring you get back ASAP.
  • DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness) – Is the pain that is often felt after the start an exercise programme, often including resistance training.  It is caused by the tearing of the muscle fibres, and the resulting bleeding.  After the bleeding stops, Massage can be of great benifit to help the muscle get ready for the next exercise session.
  • NonContact Injuries – A lot of injuries, including major ones happens when nobody is near us.  Ligament sprains, including the nasty ones like an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), or a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) of the knee will be severely weakened after injury, and the rehabilitation process will determine how fast you recover and get back to your sport, or event; or even how well you  function later in life, which is hugely important.
  • Contact Injuries – A lot of sports involve body contact, and an obvious result of contact is injuries.  I grew up playing hockey, but I was always too much of a whimp to get involved in that.  When I watch the NHL now, I’m in awe at how fast, and strong they are, and that includes how hard they hit each other.  Ouch.  Over the last few years I’ve become big into Rugby, and I’m convinced those guys are machines.  I mean, did anyone see the New Zealand vs Australia Semi Final in the Rugby World Cup this year? It was brutal! A lot of contact injuries must be dealt with in a particular way to help strengthen the area, and to minimise the risks of it happening again.

Craig has over 5 years of experience working with injuries and trying to reduce, or eliminate, the often painful symptoms through smart training and physical re-education techniques.  If your pain or injury isn’t within Craig’s scope of practice, he will refer you to the relevant professional, such as a Physiotherapist, Osteopath, or Nutritionist.

Pain is often something that we become used to.  It becomes part of who we are.  It becomes normal.  The thing is, pain is not normal, and unless there isn’t anything we can do about it, why not try to improve the quality of your life by getting rid of it?

If you suffer from some form of pain and you are based in Doha, then contact Craig at craig@PersonalTrainerDoha.com, and see what he can do for you.

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