Prehab is something we’re all familiar with. Sporting injuries are common and require a program of physiotherapy and sometimes medical attention to allow you to get back on track. It can be a lengthy and painful process. But a new practice is emerging, which allies itself to the mantra ‘prevention is better than cure’. The process is called ‘Prehab’.
Prehab assesses and addresses any potential limitations athletes might have before embarking on a program of training or exercise. While it is impossible to make yourself 100 percent resistant to injury, you can minimize your risk by understanding your current musculoskeletal health and working to improve functional movement related to your sport.
Sports such as triathlons involve making the same movements and exercises repeatedly over long stretches of time, so it makes sense to have an understanding of what impact this is having on your body and ways to minimize any negative impacts. Repetitive motion injuries are extremely common in sports like triathlon but can also be minimized with appropriate action.
Advantages of Sports Prehab
- Reduction of pain and swelling.
- Restoration of joint mobility and range of motion.
- Recovery of muscle strength and endurance.
- Recovery of co-ordination.
- Recovery of sport-specific technical movements.