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To perform at your best you need a strong mindset, great coaching staff that are strict with your technique and an experienced physio to prevent aches and pains
Most Kiwi’s are pretty tough, with a ‘she’ll be right” mentality when it comes to injury. You’d think that would be a perfect combination with the image CrossFit portrays. But when you’ve been carrying that niggle for so long and it starts getting worse, it could shut you down completely from training.
Physio and CrossFit work well together
Physio’s are specialists in movement analysis and CrossFit itself is a training regime that goes through gross fundamental movement patterns. So putting yourself through these movements and identifying your weakness’ gives me a lot more insight into where your problem could be coming from.
What are the common complaints?
There have been interesting studies done over the last few years into injuries within CrossFit. Interestingly the studies correlated quite similar with the same common areas being involved:
- Lower back
Injuries being severe enough to stop some from working, training and competing. These are the most common areas of injury I see come into the clinic from CrossFit, but I also see others suffering from:
- Neck and thoracic strains
- Ankle sprains and hypomobility
- Hip impingement
- Patella dysfunction from quad heavy squats
- Wrist strains
How can Physiotherapy help?
As a physio it’s my job to get you functioning pain free as quickly as possible. Being a Crossfitter myself, who performs daily and understands the training styles, philosophy and terminology I can relate to the frustrations that you may face with limitations in training. Also working on site I can take you into the gym, look at techniques of different movements and provide you with additional drills to perform before your WOD.
What do I offer a CrossFit athlete?
- An assessment of your movement patterns looking for weakness, asymmetry and any underlying mobility issues.
- Hands on therapy for immediate pain relief, this may involve soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and dry needling.
- Localised taping of problem areas to assist you during your next training session
- Diagnosis and ongoing management for acute or severe injuries, including referrals for further tests such as x-rays/ultrasounds, scans or to a specialist.
- Educating you on what caused your injury or pain and steps to prevent further problems.
- A personalised rehabilitation program – listing corrective, strengthening and stretching exercises to assist your recovery.
- Liaising with and providing regular updates of your progress directly to your coach or trainer to ensure you get a coordinated approach to your rehabilitation, this also ensures that you are scaling or modifying WOD’s as required.