Three things to consider before you start or restart a physical activity..
Do you have the prerequisites?
Now obviously this isn’t an all inclusive list, because I would certainly add some other variables into play here (some of which may be higher ranking). However, from my experiences these are some of the commonly seen factors that are in play with those presenting with pain following initiation of a new sport or activity. You can also consider these variables both pre activity (to better prepare your body), or post activity (in order to better determine what variable may have been a contributing factor in pain provocation).
What range of movement is your new skill or new sport required to move in?
Requires a deep understanding of the sport or activity
Is your mobility/range of motion adequate for this activity?
Are you pushing the barrier of tissue resistance or capacity with every push, pull, cut, jump or sprint ?
If so, this could be causing increased compressive forces, or tensile forces which can easy provoke tendon pain.
Are these primary movers strong enough or conditioned enough to meet the required movements ?
Is your sport or activity more power or strength dependent or is it more endurance based?
If you are trained as an elite endurance runner and your tissues have been conditioned to be so, you probably won’t fare so well in the next powerlifting competition 🏋️♀️🏃♀️
Have you built up a volume to match the intensity and duration of this activity?
Are you able to control your body within the required movements ?
Do you have control near end range positions?
One of the more important factors for activities frequently requiring maximal range of motion (baseball, softball, gymnastics, etc.)
Like I said, these are just a few of the factors that I would consider when beginning a new sport or activity. If you answered “No” to a lot of these questions it isn’t a death sentence. It just means you could get things a bit aggravated and sore following initiation of sport or activity.
Whether you’re my 18 year old trying to return to the field ⚽️🏈⚾️🥎or court🏀🎾🏐🤼🏊♂️, or my 80 year old total knee replacement patient who wants to get back to playing pickle ball , be sure to have tested your tissues capacity before being thrown into the fire 🔥 Contact us today to see if one of these variables is holding you back with your sport or activity❗️