What is Prehabilitation?
To help prevent injuries, healthcare professionals have begun to employ what they call "prehabilitation" strategies. Prehabilitation is essentially preventive injury risk assessment and training to prevent the problem before it happens.
3 Phases of Prehabilitation:
The three phases needed to come up with a good prehabilitation plan are:
Analyzing posture, joint alignment, flexibility, muscle control, biomechanics, core stability and movement patterns,
Understanding the potential risks, and
Considering other specifics such as individual's lifestyle and health history.
Following these three steps, your healthcare professionals can better predict injury risk. They can then develop specific training programs to help you prevent common overuse and other potential injuries.
What Exercises are Best?
Prehabilitation exercises and techniques are individual-specific. They can even be athlete-specific, as they highlight the predominant muscle movement patterns present in the position they play sport. A goalkeeper for example will have different athletic requirements to a field player.
Prehabilitation helps you to:
Achieve normal static and dynamic posture
Correct muscle length imbalance, joint alignment and flexibility
Normalize core stability (upper, lower and left vs right)
Enhance muscle endurance, strength and power
Boost movement pattern efficiency; and
Enhance proprioception, which is the ability for your mind to sense the position of different joints in relation to the rest of the body.
Obviously, the prehabilitation approach will differ between individual to individual. That’s why it is important to seek the advice of a healthcare professional with an interest in yours.
How to Arrange Pre-Injury Screening?
If you are interested in either pre-injury screening or prehabilitation programs please contact Virtrum Health today. You’ll benefit from improved performance and a lower injury rate. Virtrum Health offers pre-injury screening, injury risk profiling and injury-prevention strategies.