Are You Moving Properly?

Preparing for an Injury Before it Happens!

Are you constantly moving? Do you have hobbies you couldn’t live without? Are you planning on starting an exercise program or fall sports? Many of us are excited we are finally able to participate in summer activities and prepare for the fall season. However, we often fail to understand that our changing activity levels from season to season can lead to injury.

For example, a runner does not have the correct core strength to move with stability and efficiency. The runner will perform their activity using compensatory movements, which will then be turned into an incorrect movement pattern as they continue running. This creates a subconscious pattern that will be performed whenever the individual is running. Habitual alterations in movement have the potential to increase imbalances in mobility, stability, and functional movement. These imbalances have been shown to increase the risk for injury. You may increase your risk for foot, hip, knee, ankle, & low back pain injuries such as bursitis, meniscus, achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis to name a few.  It is very easy to want to jump right back into training and playing without taking into consideration any deficiencies our bodies may possess, you could be setting yourself up for failure later.

Lack of mobility/stability → compensatory movement performed → movement reinforced → potential for injury

Functional movement screen (FMS), is designed for people who are currently pain free but are physically active. This screen will help you determine if you have an inefficient movement pattern that could lead to pain/injury. Our Licensed Athletic Trainer has the expertise to assess your individual deficits in movement and create a plan to help alleviate your weak areas to prevent injury.

At Kauai Therapy & Wellness you will find our Licensed Athletic Trainer who will look at seven different movements that require mobility and stability. These tests are intended to look at performance of movements required in athletics and recreational activities. Once we have determined the weaknesses that are occurring in your movement patterns, we will work to create a plan that works to correct your weaknesses and help you move in a productive manner to help you continue to participate in the sports and activities you love while also decreasing a future injury.

Call us today to set up your appointment at (208) 205-9559!

What is the difference between an Athletic Trainer & a Personal Trainer?

The National Athletic Training Association states that, “Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program”. Athletic Trainers are recognized by the AMA, HSA, and HHS as allied health care professionals.

Molly Radonich, LAT, ATC @ Kauai Therapy & Wellness, Ponderay, Idaho.