What is Prehab?
Prehab is a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury. The aim is to build strength, and stability around your most active areas, while improving mobility, balance and joint function to decrease the potential for injuries.
How Does Prehab work?
Prehab exercises strengthen your most vulnerable areas that get stressed in everyday movement: your knees, hips, back, core and shoulders. Strengthening these areas will improve their mechanics, allowing your joints to move more efficiently. 65% of injuries (both sporting and lifestyle) tend to be from overuse or poor movement, it is the latter that prehab aims to improve.
Allowing a joint to move freely in the correct way is harder than it sounds. The human body is by nature lazy and if we have areas of tightness or restriction, our bodies are very good at trying to work around them. Over time, muscles and other structures around joints become irritated and inflamed causing pain, and injury occurs as the joint mechanics become impeded. If we can address the root cause which may be range of movement or muscle weakness and retrain the joint to move more efficiently, most issues tend to clear up very quickly.
How will this help me with Crossfit?
Crossfit is one of the most effective methods for maintaining well rounded fitness across broad domains allowing us to be good at multiple things from rowing to weight-lifting. It also requires a high degree of neuromuscular control, flexibility and strength which are sometimes not always in balance.
There is an unfortunate association with Crossfit to relatively high injury rates (similar to Rugby and Football). However, much of this is due to participants not understanding the importance of moving well and efficiently before adding intensity into a workout.
Prehab will teach you how to move better, how it should feel, what muscles are working and how best to keep yourself pain and injury free.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
I would recommend bringing a yoga mat with you if you have one as there will be some floor work involved, but if your happy sitting on the gym floor then just bring yourselves.