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Training: For your body

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You’ve got to practice defence before you can steal the ball. You’ve got to lift 100 pounds a lot of times before you can lift 200, and you’ve got to know your body to determine whether you’re going to succeed.

Every year we see patients with injuries from playing too hard without any preparation, so we’re going to give you the lowdown on how to plan properly, and ProActively prevent, those injuries. Here are our head honchos Chris Cluett and Justin Whittle in the first of a two-part series to talk about the importance of training for all of life’s big goals.

Muscle memory

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There’s an old adage that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill, and we all know that your body gets stronger the longer and harder you train. But when you’re looking to compete - especially on a large scale like the World Cup or Olympics - practice isn’t what makes perfect (as this New Yorker article shows).

Practice makes … better

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Dr. Thomas Rosandich created the concept of American Training Patterns in the 1960s, focussing on speed, skill, stamina, strength, and suppleness - the physical component of training.

Since then, we’ve come a long way. The University of Alberta’s High-Performance Training and Research Centre’s definition of sport conditioning is, “training for the demands placed on athletes in their respective sports. Strength and conditioning coaches use training techniques based on the latest research to effectively build maximal strength, power and endurance, resulting in increased fitness levels and athleticism.”

That’s a mouthful that basically means high-performance training, specifically for athletes.

Training makes perfect

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Which shows us that when you’re training - whether to compete in a beer league or in the big leagues - you have to think outside the box when it comes to playing your best.

I mean, if you’re a right-handed pitcher you don’t just work out your right arm. You need balance to pitch well, you use your legs for support, you use your back for strength, and your arms for accuracy.

Performance Practice Make for Perfect Performance

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That means you need balance and strength in all those muscle groups and you can only get all of those things through comprehensive training. Training like a pro is hard, but this systemic approach from wgcoaching.com that looks at the seven skill levels elite athletes (and their coaches) must focus on, outlines how to move beyond natural talent and basic skills.

I’m tired just reading this

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Now this is pretty regimented right? You’re probably thinking that you’re a weekend warrior and don’t need all that much training to smash a softball out of the park a few times a year. Well, you’re not wrong. BUT If you are looking to be the ringer on that team, these tips can really help and so can we.

Shameless plug

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ProActive isn’t just about recovering from injuries, we can help with strength training, sport-specific training through our extensive network of contacts, and even help you create a plan to nominate in your next season. Get in touch to find out how and sign up for our newsletter to get our tips in your inbox!

 

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Justin has a passion for physiotherapy, which is why he partnered to create ProActive Physiotherapy. He’s since taken on a business role, but still likes to work with patients on a regular basis.


 

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