Particular training for your particular sport is an important part of injury prevention. This is called sport-specific training. This type of training will allow you to be competent in movements and exercises that will get you “game ready” and very specific to the actions and movements that you will be performing during your sport. This idea of more specialized training for sports has gotten more popular recently, as we are gaining more expertise in our sports and hobbies.

Injury prevention can be very different based on the particular sport you are participating in. For example, for volleyball players the sport-specific training consists of practicing what actions they would perform during competition such as jumping and landing, lateral movements, and quick movements toward the ball. These players also use their core, gluteal and scapular and rotator cuff muscles.

Therefore, the sport-specific drills and exercises appropriate for these volleyball athletes would consist of quickness and agility drills, and jumping and landing training. The certain strengthening exercises needed for volleyball are in the scapular region and shoulders, gluteal muscles, and core muscles. These will all help the volleyball players in their sport in particular. These exercises and skills will also decrease the risk of potential injury as well.

Injury prevention for the sport of football is another important example. One of the most important aspects that is trained in football is to keep your chin up and shoulder blades pinched together as a technique to “take the head out of the game.” It is also a sport where you are constantly changing directions and decelerating. Thus, drills that focus on keeping your feet under your shoulders and not outside of them, deceleration drills and quickness drills during change of direction is key. Also, often these players have to be strong and solid in their muscles, so strength-training is a focus as well.

Another key aspect that is important to train the athletes in terms of injury prevention is how to move your body properly. Proper athletic stance, keeping the knees from falling inwards and core training are useful for most sports. There are certain selective functional movement assessment tests that physical therapists can perform to determine faulty movement patterns that may cause an athlete to get injured. These tests can be performed and then preventative measures taken in order to prevent issues.  

Whatever the sport, a particular training regime that takes into consideration the particular sport and what is required of the athletes is important. This will not only allow them to achieve better results and success but it will also prevent injuries that may occur during their sport.

Sport-specific training can be determined by your physical therapist and can be incorporated during the season as well as pre-season and post-season training. Call your physical therapist today and ask for a specific testing regime and follow-up program that is sport-specific to the sport you play. This will help you gain success and keep you on the field during the season, rather than out with an injury. Make an appointment today!