You’ve most likely heard of the term “ergonomics” in reference to purchasing the correct kind of office equipment for proper posture, neck, and back support. Ergonomics is a term that refers to the way we relate to our environment, including our home, work, and the sports we play!
At Athletix Rehab, we emphasize the importance of ergonomics in sports to improve our patient’s athletic performance and long-term success. Using correct ergonomics in sports, such as the proper exercise equipment or protective clothing, can not only improve your performance, but it can also keep you safe and prevent injuries.
Why Are Ergonomics In Sports So Important?
If you have ever received a sports injury, then you know just how much receiving one can hold you back from tournaments, competitions, and even regular non-sports related activities. Due to the impact of many contact sports involving running and jumping, there is often immense trauma received to muscles, tissues, and joints.
Many sports injuries are caused by an athlete not having access to or using ergonomically designed sports equipment. They may also be experiencing pain that reduces their range of motion.
A few common sports injuries that physical therapy can treat include:
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Muscle tears
- Bone fractures
- Hamstring strain
- Tennis or golf elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Hip flexor strain
What Should I Expect During An Appointment?
During your first appointment, one of our skilled physical therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your body, ask questions about your medical history, pain symptoms, and work or sports environment.
Your therapist will want to know what kind of equipment you’re using in your sports activities, as well as protective clothing or gear you’re wearing. They may also ask you how often you’re practicing or playing the sport and an example of a typical game or practice day.
He or she will also be able to set up areas or create specific tasks for you to perform so that they can assess how your body is moving. Depending on their assessment, they may make recommendations to you about the types of equipment and gear you should be utilizing to reach your maximum performance potential while also keeping yourself safe and pain-free. Contact us today!