Sports Injury Prevention

by Dr. Nathan Hinkeldey on August 28, 2012

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How Do Sports Injuries Occur?

No matter the athletic level, most people agree that sports injuries are something that should be avoided. As with anything, understanding the underlying causes is the most important first step in prevention. According to the most current research, the greatest risk of experiencing a sports injury is a history of a previous injury. The next most common cause of injury is asymmetry or an imbalance of movement or strength from side to side. The interesting caveat is that an injury results and causes asymmetry; therefore, maintaining the left to right and front to back symmetry is vital to your longevity.

The Importance of Assessment in Preventing Sports Injury

Sports Injury Prevention AssessmentFunctional Movement Systems was created by Gray Cook, P.T. and Lee Burton, P.T.  It is designed to grade and rank natural movement in order to identify asymmetries and limitations in movement and stability. Ultimately, this system will allow tracking of progress and the ability to identify the most effective exercise to restore proper movement and build strength. In addition, this screening process will assist in injury prevention as the asymmetries will be identified and corrected. 

Who Is At Risk for Sports Injury?

Anyone who exercises regularly, plays sports, runs, or participates in other dynamic activities is more likely to experience injury with asymmetry. Therefore, all people participating in fitness or workout classes, any athletic event, or those who just enjoy going out and walking should be evaluated using the Functional Movement Systems protocol. This system will illustrate your mobility and stability weaknesses. This information will allow you pin point your inadequacies decreasing your chance of injury.

Dr. Nate Hinkeldey your Des Moines Chiropractor is a certified Functional Movement Systems practitioner. He would be glad to assess you or the athletes in your family for any dysfunction.

Who Uses Functional Movement Systems To Prevent Injury?

  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • BYU
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Cooper Institute
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Montreal Canadians
  • New York Jets
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Orange County Fire Department
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Secret Service
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • United States Government
  • University of Georgia
  • United States Military
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
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