The application of the scientific to the practical by way of learning through sharing; with the ultimate goal of better care & prevention of adolescent athletic injuries.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Come on, its happened to the best of us. An athlete has a muscle injury, you tested them well, you thought they were ready to return to play and they wind up with a re-injury. It could mean you didn't transition them well and sequence their return to the activity. The example here is a grade 2 rectus femoris strain of the right leg. The plane here is to transition to straight ahead running by sequencing what movements we do in what planes, in what directions, in what tempo, in what speed, at what amplitude, and at what degree of fatigue environment is appropriate for that degree of healing. On ground, the athlete is doing frontal/T-plane with a sagittal plan bias. That include activities like lateral lunges, slide board, and icky shuffle in the agility ladder. I'm using the accomodating resistance of aquatic therapy for my sagittal plane work. The exercises pictured here are deep water pikes/rotational pikes, and B-skips in the low end of the pool. With the help of the water, you can get pretty agressive without concern of re-injury.