Are you sport ready?

Are you sport ready?

 

In other words, have you prepared your body for the demands of the sport you want to play?

Here’s the checklist;

 

Depending on your sport, the demands on your body will differ. Most sport requires muscle power where you have to move your body as fast as possible, like for instance when you are jumping, changing direction, or swinging your golf club or tennis racket. Have you trained your body for this?

 

If you don’t currently perform a strength workout at least twice per week, you may be putting yourself at a higher risk of injury and missing out on performing better in your sport.

 

Does your sport include running? Did you know 6 to 8 x your body weight is going through your calves when you run?

 

How strong are your calves?

Find out now!

Here’s how; stand on one foot in front of a wall. Lightly hold onto the wall with your fingertips for balance, now slowly lift your heel from the ground as high as you can then lower it back down to the ground. Keep going and perform as many calf raises as you can without pausing.

Can you perform 10? 20? 30? Upwards of 25 repetitions is recommended per side for good ankle strength and stability.

Is one side stronger than the other? If there is more than 2 reps difference this is significant and has the potential to lead to injury.

 

All sport requires a strong core. How long can you plank for? 30s? 60s? 120s? While endurance through your core is important, it is the quality of your plank position that tells us how strong your core currently is. Do your hips drop down? Is your back arching? Are your shoulders up towards your ears? This tells us what muscle imbalances you may have and which to address as you commence your sport.

 

At Thrive, our Exercise Physiologist performs a full movement assessment to ensure you are ready for your particular sport. This assessment will find if you have any muscle imbalances or poor joint movement that could potentially lead to injury. Learn which exercises you can complete to perform better in your sport and reduce your risk of injury.