After a forced layoff, everyone is excited to get back in the gym and “make up for lost time.” But are we at a greater risk of injury when returning after a period of time off? Doctor of Physical Therapy Jason Eure lays out the risks associated with ramping your training back up after a layoff and gives you the steps to reduce risk.
Prehab and Rehab
This is part 2 of our series of articles based on a yearlong injury study we (semi) recently concluded. In the first analytical look at the injury study data, we will be focusing on whether the people who sustained an injury during the course of the study differed from the people who didn’t sustain an injury.
Key Points Direct tensile loading of the biceps tendon is relatively minimal within the major powerlifting movements. Excessive stress, leading to biceps tendinopathy, is probably due to compression of the tendon against the surrounding soft tissue and bony structures. It is best to simply reduce stress along the involved tendon by manipulating training variables, allow the tendon reactivity to subside, and attempt to build specific tendon capacity through direct training when tolerance allows. During the
Key points A muscle strain occurs when the strain energy the muscle is forced to absorb exceeds the strength of the tissue. Two-joint muscles are more susceptible to muscle strains, and nothing increases your likelihood of a strain more than a previous strain in the same muscle. Proper warm-ups, developing adequate mobility, and avoiding excessive fatigue decrease your risk of a muscle strain. Background Few things are more annoying than injuries. Your training is going well,