The Athletic Edge Blog
The Atheletic Edge blog brings you useful resources and content that you can use in your school athletic departments.
“What’s that knot and why does it hurt so much when you press on it?” If you spend any time doing soft tissue work, you have inevitably heard this come out your client’s mouth. When looking at the body and its sources of dysfunction, muscle tissue is the main target for the wear and tear of daily activity. Our skeletal muscles account for nearly 50% of our body weight and depending on how you divide them out, consist of 200 paired muscles. That’s 400 muscles, any of which can develop those “knots” or trigger points and cause significant pain and dysfunction throughout the body.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), up to 70% of Americans do not know how to properly respond to a situation in which a family member or nearby individual suffers a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – either due to a complete lack of CPR training, or their inability to recall the training they previously received. While this statistic is concerning enough for the average American, it’s even more alarming for those who manage or own gyms and athletic training facilities.
Are you interested in helping your athletes get stronger and faster? What about injury prevention? Faster recovery times? Proprioceptive integration?
Whole body vibration is commonly used with professional athletes for exactly those reasons! The technology isn’t seen as often with university and high school athletes, even though it is simple, easy to use, highly effective and now affordable. Clearly, athletic trainers in the collegiate and high school arenas may be missing an opportunity.