Functional Training

What is functional training?

Functional training is a targeted training regimen that works on increasing performance of an activity or sport. It is specific and has purpose. Functional training requires a thorough understanding of the human body, how it moves, and the technical  aspects of the activity. For instance, technically a good golf swing requires that you have good trunk rotation. A functional training program for golfers would include specific drills and exercises that develop the necessary trunk rotation for a good golf swing.  Without a clear understanding of the technical aspects of the activity and what muscles, joints, and movements are involved in the particular activity, functional training is impossible.  Functional training can be applied to any activity from throwing a baseball to running marathons and climbing stairs to something as simple as picking up the newspaper in the morning. Functional training, if done properly with knowledgeable instructors is an efficient and effective way of getting better at what you do.

Physical Therapists spend a lifetime using functional training. Functional training takes into account an individual’s current physical abilities, limitations, and needs. Functional training starts with specific testing, to measure things like coordination, balance, and individual movement patterns. The testing identifies strengths, weaknesses, and inefficiencies which then determine where the training needs to go. The training is focused on improving the quality of the desired movement or activity. It’s smart exercise. It has purpose and an efficiency that just makes sense.

This is what we do at Baudry Therapy Center! Have a desire to start doing the things you used to be able to do? Talk to us about your functional training needs.

Try functional training… for fitness… for life!

Add Variety to Avoid Overuse Injuries

Variety, the spice of life.

Everything in moderation.

Too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

We all have heard these old adages. Usually from our mothers…such wisdom. When it comes to exercise, sports, and training these adages certainly hold true.

All too often we find ourselves treating people for overuse injuries.  Too much of even a good thing can cause problems. We see it in athletes, office workers and now even in kids who play year round sports! Repetitive motion can cause breaking down of muscles, tendons, and ligaments leading to soft tissue injury.

Although our bodies are very resilient and have an incredible capacity for healing, recovery and soft tissue repair takes time. Overuse injuries occur when the body’s recovery process is not able to keep up with the tissue break down occurring with the offending activity. Runners, tennis players, golfers, and even office workers often fall prey to these types of injuries.

To avoid injury, pay attention to the little warning signs. It may be just a little twinge with activity or an ache after activity. Do not ignore these signs! Rather, address the problem early on with professional advice.  Overuse injuries usually respond well to rest, physical therapy, and modified exercise provided the injury is caught soon enough.

Tips to avoid overuse injuries, add variety:

For office workers:  change up how you sit, use your mouse, where your phone sits, and how often you get up.

For runners:  spread your heavy runs out to allow time for recovery, lift weights (especially for the upper body), and add core exercises to your routine.

For tennis players and golfers:  hit less balls , add resistance training with core strengthening and other fitness activities to keep you conditioned.

For kids: be careful with year round sports, be a kid and enjoy a variety of activities and sports, and watch for signs of overuse.

So whether you’re an elite athlete, a housewife, or an office worker don’t let overuse injuries spoil your fun. Add variety to your workouts and stay healthy.

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