Improving Your Movement Quality For Life
And to achieve that, having a flexible body is a necessity… to being mobile, durable, and reduce the vulnerability to and / or severity of an injury.
That’s why an individualized stretching program is what’s first delivered as part of the Advanced Athletics Program, and is based on the results of the Advanced Athletics Fitness Assessment.
Without utilizing an assessment, a stretching routine runs the higher chance of being ineffective and inefficient, but also possibly exacerbate a pre-existing imbalance and dysfunction of the body to increase the risk of injury.
To make sure that we get the stretch program right, we use an assessment that’s complete with checks & balances that includes evaluating:
Weightbearing Musculoskeletal Alignment
Passive Range of Motion
And Functional Movement Screen
Self-myofascial Release is taught first as part of the overall equation to improved flexibility and muscular function.
Often times a Corrective Stretching strategy is necessary to bring any discovered structural imbalances, and myofascial dysfunctions back into balance and function prior to and even after activity.
This involves specific positioning of the body, along with a variety of techniques in how to use isolated and combinations of muscular tension to create a “relaxation effect” to the muscles that are “over-excited” to the point of dysfunction, and an “activation effect” to the muscles that had been “inhibited”.
Those stretching techniques include:
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
And Isometric Myofascial Stretches
Finally, Movement Prep Stretching is taught to best prepare for the mobility, speed, and body control necessary for the physical demands of a subsequent activity… be it lifting weights, or playing a sport.