“Every non-traumatic (non-contact) injury is preventable”
I didn’t say it.
Shirley Sahrmann said it.
Other than contact-based injuries, all other injuries are preventable.
A lot of people believe that injuries happen because you did “something wrong”. Although they’re not completely wrong, that thing that you did wrong is not at the source of the injury.
Let me explain…
Injuries originate from something going wrong in your body, whether it’s a dysfunctional movement pattern, an asymmetry, a structural problem, or just an overuse of the tissues or the joints.
Any movement that you do that affects the area of dysfunction adds a little more stress to the joint or tissue in question, or often times on a different area of the body that’s trying to compensate for that said dysfunction. Every time you train, practice, play your sport or do any activity, it adds a little more insult to the joint or tissue in question.
As my good friend Kevin Neeld would say, you can think of it as drops of water in a bucket- the bucket being your injury threshold. If you’re carrying a dysfunction, any activity or movement is going to be another drop of water in the bucket. At the very moment you’re doing something wrong, or not moving the right way it’s not going to hurt you; just like one drop of water in a bucket won’t do anything. But what happens if you keep adding more and more drops of water over the weeks, months and even years? Well, depending on how big your bucket is (which is different for everyone), eventually water will spill. That’s when you cross the injury threshold and actually get hurt!
The dysfunction has been there the whole time, but because you didn’t do anything about it, wear and tear just accumulated until the joint or the tissue being stressed just gave out.
That’s why injury prevention strategies are so important. And that’s why assessing for limitations and asymmetries is even more important. You want to identify the potential issues early on.
You don’t want to just let the water drops accumulate until it’s too late.
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