- Do I have to be a professional?
- Do I have to commit to hours of training?
- What sport (s) am I involved with?
- What type of training do I participate in & will it be beneficial for me?
- What if I like to cross train, will that help my performance?
All good questions with so many outlooks & options for any athlete. Lets talk about this:
Athletes come in all sizes, shapes, ages & gender. Any individual who is active & using their body in a physically demanding activity can be considered an athlete.
The reason is simple ~~ the muscular injury or muscular training will be the same for everyone... the only variation will be the intensity or duration.
Listen, a rotator cuff injury will be just as painful for the carpenter or roofer as it would be for the volley ball player. A pulled hamstring will give the same painful experience to any one who has ever dealt with that issue.
The rehabilitation of such injuries will be case by case, but the anatomy & bio-mechanics are the same.
Remember we all place ourselves in various categories: professional athlete ~~ the one who gets paid to play; collegiate athlete ~~ one who is in college, received an athletic scholarship or just wants to be part of the team, on to the OLYMPIC, high school or "Weekend Warrior" ... Which one are you??
I'm a "weekend warrior"! ~~ my sports are: swimming,running ( if that's what you want to call it) & extreme events like the Marine Mud Runs!
Training & practice are important components of the sport you are participating in. Its very important to focus on training, game plays and speed & agility. Not everyone is born "quick", this can be improved on. There are some factors that could impeded an athlete.
- sport ~~ is it right for you?
- physical strength
Are you incorporating cross training, strength & conditioning and cardio? Are you switching things up or keeping it the same? You don't want your body to hit a plateau ~~ keep it moving!
You should communicate with your coach, CSCS ( strength & conditioning), sports massage therapist, personal trainer etc... for the performance advise you are looking for regarding the appropriate level & direction of your training sessions.
One of the biggest issues I see as a sports massage therapist who deals with treating muscular injuries is the INAPPROPRIATE amount of training ( too much / not enough). Does the training go hand in hand with the sport you are involved with? Half the time the athletes are participating in training activities that do not benefit their performance for the sport they are participating in which is setting them up for injuries.
I could go on with this subject for some time here.. I think you get the picture... If you have questions about sports massage and how it can benefit you... give me a call!!
I'm out, thanks for reading and talk soon!