How Prehab Can Help You Stay Injury-free
You might probably be familiar with the concept of rehab if you’ve ever suffered from an injury and had to undergo surgery or physical therapy. Perhaps you want to start working out, but the risk of injury scares you from going to the gym. If only there was something you could do to decrease the risks of suffering from an injury? Say hello to prehab! In this article, we will discuss how prehab can help you stay injury-free.
What is prehab and how does it prevents injuries?
Prehab is a personalized exercise program that is designed to prevent injuries in individuals by targeting problematic areas and improving strength and flexibility in those problematic areas. Depending on the goals of the individual, the nature of the prehab program varies. A physical, athletic, or sports therapist designs the prehab program based on an athlete’s strength, flexibility, medical history, and active range of motion. A prehab program might include exercises that strengthen your smaller, stabilizing muscles such as the shoulder, rotator cuff, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and your hamstrings. These are the muscles that are more prone towards injury; strengthening them would decrease the risks of injury during sports or other activities.
As effective prehab is for preventing injuries, there is still a chance of sustaining an injury if you don’t
- Exercise with correct form
- Maintain good posture
- Recover properly
You might confuse prehab as simply warming up before an exercise. However, it is more nuanced than that. It prepares for sport or any activity by performing stretches that improve your range of motion and exercises that strengthen muscles that may fail while performing a certain type of activity.
Who should do prehab?
Prehab is mainly done by people who are considering surgery and want to increase the chances of success. Doing prehab strengthens the muscles before a surgical procedure takes place. The stronger the muscles are preceding surgery, the faster the recovery would be proceeding it.
Those who want to minimize the chances of injury when returning to activity after recovering from a previous injury should also undergo a prehab program.
Other people who should be taking prehab are people who go to the gym or regularly participate in sports such as rugby, football, or tennis. People participating in these strenuous activities are more prone to sustaining an injury. A proper prehab program would serve to reduce the chances of an injury from taking place by addressing problem areas like poor posture, poor form, or lack of conditioning.
It is important to note, however, that the benefits of prehab are not limited to just athletes. It can even benefit your average Joe, as anyone can suffer from an injury. As a matter of fact, everyone should be practicing prehab. Even if you don’t exercise much, a prehab program can play a huge role in preventing any future injuries.