Friday, January 4, 2013

Off season conditioning

Runners and Cyclists are notorious for isolated deconditioning and hyperconditioning. The repetitive nature of the running or cycling motion emphasizes the overuse of certain muscle groups and underuse of others. These imbalances can force the body into improper mechanics by over-using certain muscle structures to compensate for weaker ones. This condition ultimately leads to pain and injury. Off season conditioning should involve working the muscles that follow the transverse plane and frontal plane of body motion not just the sagittal plane to correct some of these conditions. The Frontal plane or sometimes referred to the Coronal plane is one of the most neglected movement planes for any athlete or that matter the general population. I hear Runners and Cyclists say they have little desire to hit the gym or do any resistance exercise but the benefits and longevity it provides for doing your chosen sport is undeniable. Muscular imbalances that worsen over the years will lead to a deterioration of your running pace or cycling efficiency. Ultimately, it's not a matter of if you'll get injured but when.

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