A weight slid off a bar today and hit me on the foot…
(didn’t get an sympathy from my athletes!)
But that’s not what I’m gonna talk about today
Or actually any muscle you’ve strained from training or playing sport
(Calf, Achilles, rotator cuff, quad etc.)
Bet you’ve had at least one of these?
And also get you’ve reinjured it?
Its a bloody pain in the ass isn’t it!?
Well there’s a solution…
Without boring you with unnecessary science
When you have such an injury
Things are never the same again…
As an example, your ability to generate force through this muscle will be blunted
Not just immediately, but for the foreseeable
And the problem with this is, it means you’re likely to injure it again
So one fundamental thing to do is re-strengthen this muscle
And im not talking with therabands bands either!!!
(those bright coloured bands physio’s give you)
Initially in some injuries and small muscles groups these are ok…
But if you want to get something strong enough to not get reinjured
AND, be able to cope with the big forces you put through it…
When you run, jump, tackle, cut, whatever…
Then you have to resistance train with weights to get it used to big forces
And this isn’t just me saying this because I’m a physical fitness and performance coach
Every expert I’ve spoke to who studies injuries from muscle tears to tendonopathy all agree
You have to use resistance training, appropriately to successfully return back to sport
My advice to you?
Use an exercise which isolates this muscle…
Perform 3-5 sets of 5 reps
Really emphasise and control the lowering phase of the movement….
Train it when it will have at least a full days rest before it significantly used again
And, progressively overload (remember my previous email?)
This is just one of a few things I utilise to build strong, fit, durable athletes
(Yes you are an athlete, as you play sport!)
But do that, and you have greater opportunity to fix those annoying strains
And , play/compete more, and perform at your genuine best
Oh, one last thing…
Big meeting tomorrow regarding the Coalition Performance Training Centre…
So news coming very very shortly…
Plus a video trailer
AND, an opportunity for you before anyone else