It is important for our student-athletes to pay attention to their health and well-being. The loss of spring sports has only magnified the fact that you only get so many opportunities to participate in interscholastic athletics, therefore, sitting out because of an injury that may have been prevented is worth the precautions needed to avoid such a scenario. Recently, the MHSAA Second Half page published a story entitled “Put a Stop to Recurring Injuries,” by Nick Parkinson, M.Ed., AT, ATC, TSAC-F from the Henry Ford Health System. In the article he offers tips for student-athletes to avoid recurring injuries that are especially prevalent among single sport athletes. Parkinson includes five steps an athlete can take to minimize the risk of injury: use appropriate gear, alternate muscle groups, take rest days, strengthen muscles, and use proper form.
Kent City student-athletes possess several advantages when it comes to preventing recurring injuries, the two that take the cake are the opportunity to play multiple sports (at a high level) and our use of PLT4M. Only a small percentage of our student-athletes are involved in just a single sport which offers a change of pace when it comes to training and competition. We also benefit from our online training program, PLT4M, because it offers four of the five steps to prevent injury from Parkinson’s article. Each workout, each day, is different — alternating exercises to balance muscle groups and prevent over use injuries. Rest days are built in with mobility sessions that are aimed at injury prevention and in Coach Wilson’s terminology: “Free Speed.” The entire program is aimed at strengthening muscle group with great attention to specific joints and preventive exercises to combat typical injuries. Finally, proper form is just a video away with coaching tips from the experts.
To read Parkinson’s article in its entirety, use the following link:
If you or your student-athlete is not currently using PLT4M, they should be. PLT4M has created a series of at home workouts that require no equipment and can be done remotely during this stay at home, stay safe order. Here is a link to this week’s workouts that also includes a PLT4M cheat sheet to help you or your student-athlete up and running on this game changing program: