Physio for Recreational Athletes

Are you training for your first 10km running event?

 

Have you recently upped your training for an event and are now getting some niggles?


Why do Recreational Athletes need Physio?

We all know elite athletes work with Physios to help keep them in peak condition, but what about you?

Did you know the only difference between you and an elite athlete boils down to training volume and intensity? OK, there is generally a difference in skill level but that really is just it!

The movements you and your favourite professional athlete perform in the sports of your choice are exactly the same. Running is running and a backhand is a backhand!

This mean, you too, should have a Physio on your team to help you manage your training load and teach you how to remediate your body so you can smash your goals.

 


Why is Loading so important?

Because no amount of technique can protect anyone in any sports from the effects of overload and overuse injuries! Your body needs to be loaded (trained) to become better and stronger, but if the load exceeds your tissues’ capacity to adapt, IT WILL FAIL!

 It is exceedingly common for recreational athletes to fall victim to overload injuries, particularly in the lead up to an event.

The niggles you get when you’ve changed your training is not a rite of passage, it’s your body telling you it isn’t coping.


Typical mistakes Recreational Athletes make when training:

1. Increasing training intensity too much e.g speed, rigour.
2. Increasing training volume too soon e.g distance, number of sessions.
3. Insufficient rest e.g. sleep, rest days.
4. Lack of remediation e.g. cool down, stretching, massage.
5. Failing to address underlying inefficient movement patterns.

When should you get Physio?

1. Now! What delay your training?

2. No less than 3 months before an event for those without pain and are in regular training and can already manage the components of your events.

3. No less than 6 months before an event for those who are new to the event or have pain.