One of the topics covered in the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport held in Doha last May 2015 was about optimising injury prevention during post-season.
Injuries in sports can be minimised if an athlete was properly conditioned to play his game. If you are less active outside the regular season, you are more likely to be less prepared for vigorous participation in your sport. Also, being physically fit does not necessarily mean you are prepared enough for the next season’s game.
Post-Season: Time for Rest and Recuperation
Due to the nonstop training and playing, all kilometers of running, bashing into other players, the body structures accumulate injuries, big and small. For all these reasons, it’s a good idea to rest from all that strenuous activities from the last season.
Post season is a crucial time to let the body heal itself so the athlete can avoid burn out. A good off-season training program can address existing imbalances which can help prevent both acute and chronic injuries. Post season, which is 1 to 3 months following the regular season is the ideal time when athletes should take time away from sport to rest and recuperate both mentally and physically.
Post season is also a good time to improve all your physical, technical and tactical deficiencies so that you are at your best and ready by the next season. Strength and conditioning programs can help build on conditioning levels from the last season. During the post season, there is enough time to work on physical development.
Injury prevention is the most important reason why there should be strength and conditioning programs. A well-designed program will prevent or eliminate muscle imbalances and strengthen tendons and ligaments, which would result in fewer injuries for the next season. A good program also includes improving flexibility, which will reduce risk of injuries
Physical conditioning is often included in off-season training to improve fitness and performance. This usually include multiple components, including power, strength, speed, balance, agility, coordination, and endurance.
How Physiotherapy Helps
A physiotherapist examines and identifies muscle imbalances so that your body will work optimally. Your physiotherapist will discuss to you about your previous injuries and training concerns then will form an individualized sport-specific exercise program to restore your proper muscle tension, strength, and proprioception to minimise your risk of injury and maximise your overall performance.
Strength and conditioning programs may be recommended for athletes not only to compete excellently within the season, but also to maintain and in some cases develop fitness qualities in the off-season. These programs will help the athlete to be physically conditioned for the next season, while providing enough recovery between the rigours of competition phases. You will then become ready to cope with the demands of the new season.
Physiotherapists offer great rehabilitation programs that can go well with strength and conditioning programs. Once an athlete successfully completes post-injury rehabilitation, he may move onto strength and conditioning programs to continue enhancing their athletic skills.
Consider seeing a Perth physiotherapist for your post-season physical programs. Call us today at (08) 9272 7359!