IMPROVE YOUR FUNCTION, IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE
OUR ATHLETES GET RELIEF FROM…Acute injuries & long term, chronic injuries by understanding their unique biomechanics .
At Community Chiropractic Center, we look to identify biomechanical imbalances, which are precursors to almost all sports injuries. There is a predictability factor even for those who have never been injured since everyone has biomechanical faults. Having an athlete go through a biomechanical evaluation, helps them fully understand their underlying mechanical status. This knowledge about their status enables them to develop a strategy to reduce injuries, delay degeneration, preserve their structure and improve overall performance.
Each individual’s musculoskeletal system and biomechanical systems are unique. As such, our doctor will examine imbalances and restrictions in the body that are unique to that individual athlete. The exam begins at the feet and moves up the body correlating the relationship between the feet and all other parts of the musculoskeletal system.
We encourage a proactive approach to optimize your performance. In addition to normal wear and tear from daily use, we run the risk of getting hurt or having old injuries manifest themselves without addressing the biomechanical faults. We must work every day to preserve our musculoskeletal system and seek professional care that addresses both prevention and treatment of non-surgical issues .
THE CONDITIONING PYRAMID
The pyramid below demonstrates a progressive program designed to assist each player reach his or her peak potential. Work capacity, located at the base of the pyramid, has six components that address a separate aspect of conditioning. These are the building blocks that each athlete needs to work on first to produce a solid foundation. Professional athletes train at this level and are physically at their peak. Many weekend warriors and younger athletes have not been taught how to lift or train at this very basic level .
We must be mindful that all individuals have unique biomechanics that are influenced by genetics and will affect the many different activities, sports and traumas we endure throughout our lifetime. Our structural imbalances originate in the feet.There is a domino effect caused by the imbalances in the feet that progress upwards through the entire structure of the human body. This domino effect creates compensatory sites of increased mechanical loading (abnormal weight bearing), which will predictably cause involved joints, tendons and muscles to wear out prematurely. These imbalances also increase the athlete’s vulnerability for immediate injuries.
Our goal is to identify these sites early and begin to proactively make adjustments and improvements that reduce the degree of breakdown over the course of a athlete’s life. Although these sites do not have to be symptomatic, many traditional symptoms are often associated with these imbalances.
Acute Injury Guidelines
Respect the injury - never dismiss an acute injury as they are usually warning signs to a bigger problem. Treat it with respect and learn from each injury.
Don’t live in denial - athletes tend to deny the very existence of an acute injury. Nature and physics, however, will force you to acknowledge all injuries. Address each injury at onset of the injury (on your terms) rather than on the back side of the injury (nature’s terms).
Create a plan & follow it - create a strategy to address the acute injury. Do not abandon your plan the first day the injury feels better. Follow your plan until the injury is fully healed or the course of action is complete.
Make the injury your #1 objective - do not “force” the agenda you designed prior to your injury. Once injured, let the injury become your new #1 goal, and address this goal until the injury is healed.
Recognize, injuries take time - let your body tell you when you’re ready to return, not your calendar.
Alter your training/racing schedule - be willing to alter your calendar (even if you’ve already paid for participation in an event).
Focus daily on what you can do to accelerate the healing of your injury - do everything you can on a daily basis (rest, ice compression, elevation, proper nutrition, etc.) to heal your injury.
Look beyond the injury - the acute injury is typically the most stressed area of the body. Look to address the underlying biomechanical imbalances that created this stress and seek to alleviate it.
Address the root issue - learn your biomechanics and take action to improve your imbalances.
Return to activity with a “Test Workout” prior to actual training workouts - get the word “training” out of your vocabulary until you’re ready for it. “Test workouts” are needed initially. They are shorter in duration and place much less stress on the injured area during recovery.
Build training slowly to return back to normal - be willing to come back slowly. Too much too soon, and you’ll be right back where you started. The greatest cause of sports depression is spelled “R-E-L-A-P-S-E”