Muscular flexibility & joint range of motion are often taken for granted and are rarely a major focus in fitness and training regimes – yet, they are the major precursor to injury and a limiting factor to sporting performance.
To help explain this statement, consider why the average golfer cannot play a consistent 18 holes! Many golfers will know the answer is ‘timing’ i.e. contacting the ball with the sweet spot of the club head at the optimal speed. ‘Timing’ is heavily reliant on smooth, coordinated joint motion and hence any resistance from tight muscles and stiff joints is going to affect the timing of the swing. For these reasons some golfers improve as they get warmer, others decline as they stiffen up, and a younger more flexible person can connect better with the ball than a stronger but less flexible person.
These same principles can be applied to all sports and explain not only why a more flexible person can perform longer and more consistently, but why a less flexible person pushing themselves to a higher level is at greater risk of injury.
Osteopaths use a variety of ‘hands-on’ treatment techniques to improve your muscular flexibility and joint range of motion. They will assess and treat not only the area of pain, but all those related regions which may be predisposed to the injury or are being affected by it. The benefit of seeing an Osteopath for a sporting injury is that they will identify the cause, which not only aids full recovery but also greatly reduces the risk of reoccurrence.
Wantirna Osteopathy has been servicing local football, cricket, and netball clubs for over 20 years and has vast experience and knowledge in treating all aspects of sporting injuries.
Common Sporting Injuries We Treat and Manage
Ankle ligament sprains/tears
Knee ligament and tendon injuries
Chronic hip/groin/hamstring injuries
Rehabilitation of knee/ankle/shoulder reconstruction and arthroscopes
Our Osteopaths will prescribe for you the appropriate exercises to maintain joint range of motion and muscular flexibility and where required the relevant strengthening exercises.