Here at Northwest Pilates and Yoga, we provide bespoke sports injury prevention and sports Injury recovery programmes geared to a number of different sports.

teamsThese programmes are backed by the latest scientific evidence on core and back stability. We aim to prevent the onset of injury, and improve the five S’s: Stamina, Strength, Suppleness, Speed and Skill.

We work with a number of football and rugby teams, please read the feedback we received.

During an average football/rugby season injuries are estimated to cost professional clubs in excess of £75 million, with 10% of squads unavailable at any one time. Therefore, you may already be involved in or are considering a risk management approach to preventing such injuries. That’s where we come in.
All sporting professionals will be challenged both mentally and physically as they understand and work through the repertoire.

Read more about how pilates and yoga can help with a number of different sports by visiting the sports section of our website.

There are five particular muscles or muscle groups that are prone to overstretching or strain injuries:

  • Hamstring muscles
  • Rectus femoris and quadriceps group
  • Gastronemius and soleus of calf
  • Adductor group of hip (groin)
  • Short extensor muscles of back

Most of the above are two joint muscles i.e. that pass and work over two joints. The exceptions are the hip (groin) adductors. Any warm-up should therefore focus on dynamic stretching of these muscle groups for example controlled leg swings to dynamically stretch the hamstring muscles. Whilst a developmental flexibility session should include the static stretching of these muscle groups.

Phase 5 – Functional Rehabilitation Phase

Aims of the treatment are to:

  • To improve balance/proprioception and movement co-ordination.
  • To provide psychological reassurance of function.
  • Restore specific skills and movement patterns to pre-injury levels
  • Weight bearing control of movement
  • Balance of body
  • Transference of body weight
  • Co-ordination of skilled body movement
  • Reaction time of movement

The late rehabilitation stage concentrates on formal full weight bearing exercises such as squats, lunges or step ups. These exercises are pre-requisites to achieve the desired muscle strength, power, endurance, joint range of movement, balance and co-ordination attributes required to work at this functional level.

Activities/functions performed during a game

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Low speed running
  • Moderate speed running (cruising)
  • High speed running
  • Sprinting
  • Straight line running
  • Backward running
  • Sideways running
  • Diagonal running
  • Hopping (left leg/right leg)
  • Bounding (starting/stopping)
  • Jumping (right foot/left foot/both feet)
  • Landing (left foot/right foot/both feet)
  • Squatting
  • Lunging/stretching
  • Directional changes at speed
  • Rotational work (weight bearing)
  • Turning
  • Side stepping or cutting
  • Dribbling
  • Passing the ball
  • Receiving/controlling the ball
  • Throwing the ball heading the ball
  • Kicking (stationary ball/moving ball/half volley/volley)
  • Shooting
  • Tackling
  • Being tackled

Rugby and football consist of many complex movements requiring high skill levels both with and without a ball. These cannot be performed without high degrees of balance and co-ordination ability.

The Northwest Pilates and Yoga Centre’s bespoke sports injury prevention and sports injury recovery programme is football and rugby specific and based on the original works of Joseph Pilates with applications of hatha yoga implemented where appropriate.

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