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ATHLETE TESTING & SCREENING

Whether you're an athlete striving for peak performance, someone who has struggled with injury, or are looking to gain insights into your athletic ability and injury risk, GymTherapy is here to help you identify areas of weakness and optimise your function so you can achieve your athletic and performance goals.

WHAT IS ATHLETE TESTING & SCREENING?

Athletic testing and screening is a comprehensive evaluation process that assesses the function of the musculoskeletal system. It involves a series of assessments, tests, and observations to identify deficits, restrictions, and imbalances in your muscles, joints, ligaments, and overall movement patterns. The goal is to identify areas that may limit performance and increase injury risk using contemporary technology, and then implement an individualised plan to optimise your athletic ability. 

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WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

Our musculoskeletal screening services encompass various elements, including: 

1. Injury & Training History:

A thorough discussion of your sport demands, training injury, goals, and previous injury history to understand potential areas of deficits.

 

2. Joint, Muscle & Functional Movement Assessment:

An analysis of joint range of motion and stiffness, muscle strength, power, and functional movement competency to identify areas of strength and weaknesses using advanced technology

3. Postural, Balance & Proprioception Assessment:

A tailored assessment of your joint postural positions, balance, dynamic stability and proprioception and understand how the body functions during dynamic tasks.

4. Development of Individual Development Plan:

Following your musculoskeletal assessment, an individualised development plan is developed to address key deficits and weaknesses tailored towards your training and performance goals.

5. Support & Guidance

Throughout the process, continuous support and guidance is provided to ensure you achieve your health and performance goals. We educate you throughout on injury prevention strategies to minimise the risk of future injury and optimise performance.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Athletic Testing & Screening is beneficial for individuals who are:

  • Proactive about their athletic performance and want to prevent injuries

  • Athletes looking to optimise their performance and reduce the risk of injuries

  • Those looking to enhance movement patterns and motor control

  • Those with a history of musculoskeletal pain/injury seeking early detection and intervention

  • Any athlete of any level looking to enhance their overall athleticism and performance and achieve your goals

By choosing athlete testing and screening services at GymTherapy, you can expect:

  • Early detection of potential injury risk areas

  • Personalised individual development plan to enhance athleticism and performance

  • Improved movement patterns, motor control, and overall athletic function

  • Enhanced performance, whatever the sport

  • A proactive approach to injury prevention and long-term athletic health

  • Expert guidance on injury prevention and athletic performance

COMMON MUSCULOSKELETAL DEFICITS & RESTRICTIONS

During musculoskeletal screening, we often come across common issues such as:

  • Muscle Imbalances: Deficits in muscle strength can have an effect on function and balance during activities. Common areas of weakness and imbalance include the glute muscles, rotator cuff muscles, serratus anterior, and hamstrings

  • Limited Range of Motion: A limited range of motion can affect how you load your muscles during various activities. Common joints affected include the ankles (limited dorsiflexion), the hip (limited hip extension), thoracic spine stiffness, and shoulder restrictions.

  • Weak Core Strength & Stability: Weakness with the deep core muscles, particularly the transverse abdominous, can lead to reduced stability and strength during functional exercises and activities. 

  • Reduced Dynamic Stability & Balance: A reduction in dynamic stability and balance is a risk factor for several injuries including ankle ligament sprains, knee joint injuries, and shoulder injuries.

  • Poor Lumbopelvic Control: Poor lumbopelvic control can reduce stability during dynamic activity such as running and may be a risk factor for injuries such as Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome (Runner's Knee), lateral ankle sprains, and hamstring strains.

  • Knee Valgus: Knee valgus is described as the inward movement of the knee and is commonly seen during dynamic activities such as squatting, lunging, and running. It is a risk factor for injuries such as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), knee ligament injury, and gluteal tendinopathy.  

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