INJURY PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION
Introduction ENSURING YOUR SAFETY
There has been a progressive rise in gym related injuries over the past decade, which can be attributed to poor attention to exercise technique and inappropriate selection and progression of exercises. Poor posture and lifting mechanics during exercise can place unwanted stress on muscles and joints that can easily lead to injury. Similarly, injury can result from increasing resistance too soon and beyond appropriate levels.
Our approach to personal training minimises your injury risk by selecting exercises appropriate to your fitness level and progressing your exercises or resistance only when proper, controlled technique is demonstrated. Also, our personal trainers have the professional ability to address any existing injury or condition you may have and incorporate rehabilitation strategies into your fitness plan.
YOUR EXERCISE SAFETY
We are responsible for your safety in the gym and proper execution of your exercises is highly important to minimising any injury risk. Your personal trainer will accurately instruct each exercise, providing you with demonstrations and offering continual feedback and ongoing form correction when needed. Also, to minimise injury risk, your personal trainer will ensure gradual progression in your exercise. This involves incremental increases in any resistance or volume of work only when appropriate. Finally, prior to starting any of your workouts, your personal trainer will complete a thorough warm-up of each exercise in addition to ensuring selected exercises are suited to your fitness level and experience.
YOUR MUSCLE BALANCE
Muscle balance is essential for normal movement and function. Muscle imbalances occur when certain muscle are stronger or weaker than others due to injury or overuse. This is an area of our personal training we closely consider as imbalances can impair your performance and prevent goal achievement. Your personal trainer will determine if you have muscle imbalances and immediately incorporate a plan for resolution. This may involve the integration of specific exercises, be manipulating your exercise prescription, or applying appropriate physiotherapy techniques. We detail any imbalance correction in your goal plan and use objective assessment methods to determine if your imbalances have corrected over time.
RESOLVING YOUR INJURIES
It is common for our personal trainers to work with clients with existing injuries. Our team is equipped with Registered and Chartered Physiotherapist that have the professional rights and abilities to address injuries and long term conditions. If you incur an acquire or maintain an existing injury, our personal training team will develop an appropriate plan for resolution. This can include corrective strength exercises, mobility or flexibility work or manual physiotherapy. Importantly, rehabilitation strategies can be made to fit with other goals you desire like weight loss, toning or muscle development.
YOUR MOVEMENT EDUCATION
Our client education moves beyond exercise and nutrition to help you acquire knowledge about movement mechanics and how muscles and joints function to complete exercises. Research shows that by focusing on the contraction of working muscles during exercise, performance can be greatly enhanced. We will provide you with a basic understanding of muscle function including what muscles to feel and focus on within each exercise. This understanding will help you develop your knowledge on how to perform exercises correctly and give you more confidence and independence in your workouts.