In this day and age kids are highly involved in youth sports and activities. However this involvement is a two sided coin. Participation in youth sports is at an all-time high... sports related injuries in the youth population are also at an all-time high. WHY??? You ask. Check back next week for some insight into that issue. This week’s post will focus on, what athletes can do to decrease the likelihood of injury.
At LEWIS Fitness & Performance it is our primary goal to build and improve durability in each and every athlete that enters the program. This durability will help decrease the likelihood of injury. How do we do it you ask? There are two components of our program that specifically target the injury reduction issue; 1) Foam Rolling, 2) Movement based Dynamic Warm-up.
This week’s post will focus on Foam Rolling. Anyone who goes through a work out at LFP will begin by using the foam roller to prepare their muscles for the work to come. Simply, it is cheap massage. The athletes compress their muscles into the roller using their bodyweight and then they roll the length of the muscle, essentially ironing out the muscle. If you have ever experienced a "knot" in a muscle, this is the target of the foam roller; to remove these "knots". These areas are targets for muscular injury due to the fact that the function and length of this tissue is compromised, causing the surrounding tissue to be overworked.
Is foam rolling before LFP workout enough? NO!! This piece of equipment is very inexpensive, and I recommend that every athlete carry a small one in their gym bag to use before every workout, practice or game. Click the picture to the right for different options to get your foam roller today.
P.S. the foam rollers at LFP are the 1' long, 6" round PB Elite Molded Rollers