Strength is arguably the most important skill. It's the very foundation that allows you to perform both day-to-day activities and in the training sessions in the gym. Strength determines how well you perform and what your risk of injury is.
You’ve heard it before. Pain equals gain. Well, it doesn't. Pain actually prevents you from making gains. You see, when you’re experiencing pain, your body compensates. This compensation leads to changes in muscle activation and development of poor movement patterns.
Most of our training sessions are based off percentages. For example, your deadlift session may require that you hit X number of reps at 80% of your one rep max. To fulfill the goal of your session, you have to hit X reps and X weight. But, what if weight isn't the only thing that matters?
Typically, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Practitioners are seen as masters of short term relief. Why? Because often times, we’re really good at helping someone with the ‘here and now’. Let's say you have low back pain. You come in to see a Physio and leave feeling better. You come back for two more sessions and reach a point where you are back to 100%. Sounds like a job well done.
Current evidence-based guidelines for return to running after ACL injury:
Chances are you, or someone you know has suffered an ACL injury. That’s because they’re the most common sports-related injury. They’re also one of the most commonly researched topics, both for rehabilitation and prevention. One of the most recent studies published developed rehabilitation checklist aimed at ensuring a safe return to running after an ACL injury. These recommendations are:
I’m sure you’ve heard this before: “bring your belly button towards your spine”. This is a cue used for abdominal hollowing. Maybe you’ve heard the cue: “breathe into your belly and brace outward”. This is a cue used for abdominal bracing. I want to discuss the difference between the two and why it's time to be done with abdominal hollowing.