How To Prevent An Injury

How To Prevent An Injury

If you've ever been injured, you'll know that recovering and getting back to where you were with your fitness can be a challenge.

Nobody wants to be injured!

It’s painful and frustrating and can incapacitate you either in your daily life or in the sporting activities you love to do.

So how do you prevent an injury from happening?

Let’s take a look at the different types of injuries before we answer that question.

The most obvious is an acute, traumatic injury that occurs from an outside force.

We’ve all seen elite sports people get carried off the field, having been knocked over by another player resulting in an acute injury that sidelines them for weeks or potentially the rest of the season.

Another traumatic injury could occur you if you are involved in a minor car accident and you end up with whiplash, or trauma to another area of the body.

Both of these examples, could lead to long term chronic pain or movement dysfunction, which is why an effective rehabilitation program is so important.

Then we have the less obvious cause of injuries that can occur when an underlying problem that hadn’t presented any symptoms, suddenly snaps! The underlying issue, could be a postural imbalance, lack of flexibility and mobility, poor core strength or poor fitness.

This leads to extra stress being put on certain areas of the body and when it gets too much for it, that’s when the injury happens.

Say you’re fairly new to running and you’ve been building up to a 5km distance and you finally get there.

You decide to work on your speed and start to do some sprint work, but you’re not that pro active with stretching or working on core strength. You feel the tightness and restriction in your calf but push through because you want to complete your workout.

You wake up the next morning unable to put your foot to the ground because of the pain in your calf and you’ve ended up with a strained calf muscle that stops you from running…and walking for weeks!

Another type of injury appears to happen randomly and is the result of a fall or stumble as we go about our daily activities and appears to happen with no apparent reason behind it.

You might be walking down the street, happen to miss a step and down you go. Or doing some jobs at home and slip, or fall of a ladder. These types of injuries can end up being quite nasty with broken bones and major bruising involved.

The underlying issue here may not be as obvious, but can involve something we call proprioception.

It’s a long word which essentially means, your body’s ability to correct itself when it goes off centre. This happens very unconsciously and in a split second. Most people would call this “balance”.

This is a very basic explanation of how injuries happen.So what’s the best strategy for injury prevention?

Postural integrity, flexibility, core strength and proprioception are fundamental to the Pilates method of exercise and provide a foundation for injury prevention. If you neglect any of these areas, you may not only be vulnerable to injury but experience a heap of challenges in the injury rehabilitation process.

Proactive prevention is the best approach to reducing the possibility of injuries, rather than waiting for an injury to happen before you take action on developing structural integrity in your body. 

Daily maintenance of your body takes very little time and effort but pays off big time. Nobody wants to be living with the consequences of an injury, pain and the inconvenience of a disrupted life can be incredibly debilitating.

People who practice pilates long term, develop a deep understanding of injury prevention and as Joseph Pilates himself says "The Pilates method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at it's mercy".

Joseph was right, and here at Pilates Plus we've helped hundreds of people reap the rewards of practicing the pilates method of exercise!

 




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