In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries occur each year. According to the CDC, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. According to The American Journal of Sports Medicine, the concussion rate for female athletes is rising about 21 percent each year and 14 percent for males.
Preventing injuries is the focus of the experts at Efficient Movement. Our sports medicine-based sports performance program addresses all imbalances and poor movement patterns present in our athletes in order to build optimal speed production with our athletes.
It is our passion to prevent youth and adolescent athletes from as many sports-related injuries as we can. Injury statistics are rising astronomically, and the focus of sports performance coaches, sports medicine specialists, and coaches need to be placed more on preventing injuries, rather than just treating injuries or “toughing up” and playing through injuries!
At Efficient Movement, we do everything we can to optimize Newton’s Third Law of Motion with regards to the body in athletic movement patterns. By producing more force AND transferring more force through the body without redirecting forces through any joints, injury likeliness will drastically decrease.
There are 4 main factors that increase the risk of non-contact sports injuries:
1) Structural Imbalances
Structural imbalances may exist in the pelvic position, vertebrae, hip (femur bone positioning), and/or the foot.
Neuromuscular imbalances are the most common we find that exist. Some common neuromuscular imbalances are found between antagonist muscle groups. One great example is the neuromuscular firing pattern amongst the glutes, hamstrings, and quads.
3) Biomechanical Imbalances
Biomechanical imbalances are found in such things as running form, throwing form, or jumping and landing techniques. Many biomechanical imbalances are corrected by addressing neuromusculare imbalances.
4) Environmental Risks
Environmental risk include improper shoe-wear during athletic events, hydration issues from hot climates during sport activities, or poor playing surfaces.
We see so many overuse injuries and young superior athletes breaking down by the time they are in high school (if not earlier), because the demands of their sport and position causes the body to go through the same movement patterns over and over and over for years and years and years! If a youth athlete has the desire to play only one sport, that is perfectly fine, but then they MUST complement their intense sport practice and game schedules with foundational sports performance training to prevent injuries and re-align their biomechanics in order to avoid overuse injuries at a young age. When an athlete participates in their sport for the number of hours these 1-sport athletes do, it results in very minor biomechanical flaws to become magnified imbalances and eventually results in one muscle, or joint or tendon to break down easily.
Pelvic positioning has a huge effect on amount of speed an athlete can have as well as the number of sports injury occurrences they may experience. If the position of the pelvis is mal-aligned and muscles of the core and glutes are not in an optimal length-tension relationship than force is being re-directed into a joint, resulting in injury, or force production is being loss throughout cutting, jumping, or running. All of our athletes start out with a thorough 90-minute assessment to ensure we are aware of every tight muscle, weak muscle, immobile joint, and other imbalances of the body. From this information, we generate an individualized training and rehab program to be completed at home as well as in our facility with our expert sports performance coaches and board certified athletic trainers.
Pleas read more about our Joint-by-Joint theory that Efficient Movement adapts from world renowned physical therapist and strength coach: Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, RKC.
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