How to Approach an Injury Prevention Programme
With the new age of a fitness-oriented population on the rise there has also been increasing incidences of injuries happening, and many think that these injuries are a normal part of the “no pain- no gain” belief..
But there is a fine line between the presence of pain and the onset of injury, both inside and outside the gym. Together they might give you a series of overlapping symptoms that are confusing, causing you to ignore a developing injury early on. Preventing injuries at a success rate of 100% is impossible because your body is a machine, wear and tear in any machine is a common phenomenon. What we should aim for is not claiming false promises, but identifying the indicators of injury prevention.
The key areas to address for any injury prevention programme should be:
- Frequency of injury: reducing the episodes of injuries over a specific time period will ensure resilience on a physical, emotional and psychological level for an athlete or active person. It is the most important aspect of injury prevention programme. Identifying positive management strategies, methods or modalities which give better results in terms of reduced flare ups or injury recurrence are important.
- Severity of injury: this can be measured using recognized “pain scales”, such a number between 1 and 10, during the acute onset of injury. The efficiency of using these scales to indicate functional capacity reduces once the acute phase is over, so the aim is to then guide clients/athletes into a structured physical management plan. Proper load monitoring under a physiotherapist can result in a speedy recovery.
- Return to Play: to understand these indicators we need to acknowledge there are various factors which go into the management of pain and injuries, and how and when the active people should return to their previous levels of activities. Not all clients present similar set of symptoms for the same injury, so physiotherapists cannot follow the same “recipe” or guidelines to manage injuries. At ProHealth Asia, we look for various functional weak links in each individual person, and address them as indicated, strengthen them as required, and retrain movement in order to prevent injury recurrence. A gradual return to activities or sport occurs as symptoms improve, and these are monitored to ensure the level is appropriate.
- Self Recovery: this aspect of injury prevention focuses on minimizing the use of external treatment sources for the long term, and possessing the knowledge on how to maintain your body health and wellness on a daily basis. The only thing which you truly own in this world is your body, and to understand how it functions or responds to different stimuli such as treatment methods, exercise training, nutrition, or stress is imperative. What is working for you today might not work forever! This does not mean that seeking out a professional is unhelpful, in fact your physiotherapist at ProHealth Asia will educate you on injury management to ensure you become self-sufficient and pain free using an active based treatment approach.
For more information on injury prevention or injury treatments please contact ProHealth Asia physiotherapy center in Defence Colony, New Delhi. We also provide home service, if needed. You may book an appointment by clicking here.
Live another pain free day! Live an active life without injury or functional limitation!
Author by Neha Kumar, Sep 11, 2019,