Start Training With A Sports Movement Screening

Why You Should Have a Sports Movement Screening Before You Cross the Finish Line

Over the years, we’ve seen our share of patients seeking Sports Rehab after crossing the finish line. Too often, runners assume that the aches and pains they experience during training are an unavoidable part of the process – and it’s only after the race is finished that they realize there’s a more serious issue at work.

So how can you tell if the pain you’re dealing with is normal, or a serious issue that shouldn’t be ignored? One way to stay on track is to book a free Sports Movement Screening or consultation with a Chiropractic Physician. This simple step can address and detect any imbalances that can cause damage down the road – and help you take action to fix them before they become a major problem.

Chiropractic care is quickly growing in popularity as a training tool to optimize performance in the race itself as well – helping you beat your best time while remaining injury-free. Best of all, you don’t have to be an elite runner to benefit. More and more casual athletes are turning to chiropractic care and sports rehabilitation to help stay in the race every day.

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Here are 5 simple steps you can take today to maximize your sports “pre-hab” plans and avoid injury during training

1. Create an Injury Prevention Check List

You wouldn’t set off on a cross-country road trip without checking your car to make sure everything’s in top condition, would you? Why should training for a race be any different? When you run, you’re putting a lot of mileage on your body. Start your journey off right by getting a Sports Movement Assessment to assess your range of motion, along with assessments of your feet, testing for strength imbalances, and an overall analysis of your running posture. Even if you’re a seasoned runner, it pays to get the occasional “tune-up”! It’s also important to pay attention to other factors that could affect your health. For example, if you aren’t wearing quality running shoes and you’re not eating a balanced diet, you’re going to put additional strain on your body that will make it harder to recover from any injuries.

2. Fix Any Errors You’ve Picked Up While Training

While training, it’s common for runners to develop improper movement patterns and areas of strain. Even professional and Olympic athletes can suffer from health issues linked to poor movement control while training, so being aware of the causes is important no matter your experience level. Some of the most common causes of these issues may go completely unnoticed during your training routine. It can be as simple as running the same direction on the course every day, running on a slanted surface (for example, the slope of a beach or the slant of a road), running with poor form, and not replacing your shoes frequently enough. All of these practices cause an unequal distribution of pressure and tension on particular parts of the body, which can eventually turn into a serious injury if left uncorrected. Our Aligned Modern Health doctors can help you spot these issues and correct them.

3. Optimize Your Performance

Are you moving properly and balancing your exercise routine each day? If you aren’t stretching, strengthening your body, and cross-training, you risk putting extra strain on your body. Focusing too much on one particular type of exercise can overdevelop some muscles while potentially damaging others. Regardless of the type of injury you may experience, physical medicine can optimize your body and help all of its systems work together in a healthy, natural balance. If you’re having trouble planning a balanced approach to training, we can help. We use targeted therapeutic exercise to help you progress quickly and develop the tools you need to avoid having to see us in the future.

4. Treat Your Injuries and Set Backs

Even if you perfectly balance your training and take care to avoid errors that can cause injuries, accidents are always possible. If you do happen to injure yourself while running, Chiropractic care and sports rehabilitation can be a safe, non-invasive alternative to treat your injuries. For athletes, keeping the body running in top condition is important. So it’s only natural that many prefer to avoid the risks and side-effects that can come with drugs or surgical treatment. Chiropractic Physical Medicine can quickly alleviate musculoskeletal issues and provide proper movement awareness while also working to address the underlying cause of your pain.

5. The Best Way to Avoid Injuries is Prevention

Are you ready to take the next step and book your Sports Movement Assessment? Our team is ready and waiting to help you.

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