Injury Prevention

Pull Your Weeds and Not Your Back

on Thursday, 06 February 2014. Posted in Injury Prevention

by Dr. Kate Brookfield

Pull Your Weeds and Not Your Back

With springtime here, gardening is one of the most common outdoor activities that many take part in. It is a great way to get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, the hot beating sun all while getting a great workout. However, gardening and yard work can be very demanding on the body. All that digging, raking, pruning, weeding, lifting, planting and watering can cause significant strain to the muscles and back. The good news is that injuries can be prevented.

Setting Goals to Achieve Results

on Thursday, 06 February 2014. Posted in Injury Prevention

by Katie Pyne, CAT(C)

Setting Goals to Achieve Results

"Starting today I'm going to (fill in the blank)".  It is amazing how often I hear some form of this statement! And I'm not just talking about hearing other people say it, I am always saying it in one form or another.  Whether it's talking about doing regular yoga, joining some new food craze, or even this morning when I promised the BF that "starting today I'm going to stop dropping my running clothes in the CLEAN clothes hamper".  And though I seem to make commitments to change in some form or another on a regular basis, unfortunately I don't end up following through very often!

The Foundation of Injury Prevention, Optimal Health & Superior Performance - Part 2

on Thursday, 06 February 2014. Posted in Injury Prevention

by Dr. Michael Maxwell

The Foundation of Injury Prevention, Optimal Health & Superior Performance - Part 2

Over the years there has been ample discussion on the topics of “core stability”, running technique, and “functional” training for the endurance athlete. Running groups are riddled with short talks on each of these topics in order to prevent injuries and improve performance. Cyclists spend thousands of dollars on leading equipment and bicycle fitting. Swimmers discuss and practice proper swim stroke and perform drill after drill to master their technique. Yet the frequency of injuries continues to be high. It is my belief that the reductionist and non-specific approach advocated by many leads to average results and the continued trend towards high injury rates in endurance athletes. In this article I will discuss the need for systematic injury prevention and performance training. I will outline a six step plan to reduce injury rates and promote superior performance.

The Foundation of Injury Prevention, Optimal Health & Superior Performance - Part 1

on Thursday, 06 February 2014. Posted in Injury Prevention

by Dr. Michael Maxwell

The Foundation of Injury Prevention, Optimal Health & Superior Performance - Part 1

Approximately 50% multi-sport endurance athletes and 85% of running athletes will experience an injury on a yearly basis. The severity of these injuries range from performance limiting aches and pains to season ending injuries with possible long term consequences; most if not all of these injuries can be avoided with appropriate prevention and performance strategies. Thankfully, steps taken to ensure optimal health and performance are consistent with those of injury prevention. Unfortunately, very few people employ these principles, primarily due to a lack of knowledge and understanding.

This series of articles highlights the key points outlined in the presentation titled, “The Foundation of Injury Prevention and Superior Performance in the Endurance Athlete”, and aims to answer the following question:

Are you training to promote optimal health, prevent chronic degenerative disease, and achieve superior performance?   Or are you guaranteeing the onset of an injury and poor performance?

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