Strength and Conditioning
In strength and conditioning training, our Exercise Physiologists assist athletes in carrying out a variety of exercises that aim to improve overall athletic performance, as well as prevent injuries from occurring. These exercises help to increase stability, coordination, mobility, strength, agility, endurance and speed. They can also help to strengthen bones and muscles, improve posture, increase metabolism, and improve overall health.
AxIT – Performance Tracking System
At Spinal and Sports Care, our Exercise Physiologists use the AxIT system to conduct performance assessments such as maximum strength and stability, on joints and muscles. AxIT also allows us to measure the ability of our patients when performing movements such as push ups, squats and jumping.
AxIT gives us instant feedback, allowing us to make necessary modifications to our patient’s exercise plans, in order to achieve the best outcome. AxIT is able to track the patient’s progress whilst they are taking part in their strength and conditioning session, as well as in between sessions. This then allows our Physiologists to accurately assess the progress of patients and make modifications accordingly.
Blood Flow Restriction Training
As part of your exercise plan, our Exercise Physiologists may introduce you to Blood Flow Restriction training. Blood Flow Restriction training, also known as Occlusion training, involves using compression, usually around the upper arm or leg, to limit blood flow from the compressed muscles. Blood Flow Restriction training allows an individual to achieve greater strength and muscle mass, whilst using weights that weigh much less than what they’d normally use to achieve the same result.
Blood Flow Restriction training is especially helpful for people who are recovering from an injury or surgery, who are unable to undertake intense exercise or lift heavy weights. It is also beneficial to:
- People who are susceptible to injuring their joints.
- Athletes preparing for upcoming competitions.
- People who undertake high-frequency training (The resulting muscle damage is only minor, resulting in a faster recovery).