Motor Control in Adolescents


Last week we talked about the importance of getting your movement diagnosis along with your medical diagnosis. This week we wanted to touch upon this theory specifically for developing athletes. We are very passionate about ensuring that as athletes start to get into more demanding sports and strength programs they have proper movements patterns. This will help ensure they stay injury free now and in their future.


In this generation people are able to follow all of their favorite athletes on social media. On these accounts they can watch their favorite pro athlete perform more advanced and fun looking movements. However, what they aren’t seeing is the amount of time those athletes are spending building the foundation of proper movements BEFORE heavily loading their bodies. These professional athletes spend most of their workouts performing specific exercises to prime their body for the complex loaded movement they are about to perform. However, all we see as bystanders is them successfully accomplishing an impressive activity or lift.

   


Research shows that, similarly to adults, low back pain and other injuries can be caused by poor motor control of the available range of motion. This is even more important for developing athletes because of the amount of growth they experience. We find it is very beneficial to teach the athlete how to be strong in the range that they have available to them before they are taught how to perform more complex weight training movements.


Our goal is to keep you healthy and injury free in your sport of choice. To help ensure this we recommend getting assessed and receiving your movement diagnosis BEFORE you are experiencing pain. Once pain is present, it becomes much harder to get an individual out of that faulty movement pattern that caused the pain to begin with. Along with that, when you are experiencing pain activities and sports must be limited to help the body heal which isn’t always ideal.


In conclusion, it is very important that developing athletes are being taught proper movement patterns before they start loading their bodies with high level movements and activities. As a parent, be sure that these warm ups or movement primer exercises are being performed at your child’s practices and strength programs. If you are a developing athlete, or an athlete of any age for that matter, be sure you are seeking out what your body needs to stay healthy now and in the long term.


If you are interested in learning more about your movement diagnosis call us or message us to schedule an assessment. If you are experiencing pain and want more information on how your movement patterns are causing your pain, give us a call or message us to set up a free discovery consultation.

As always, if you have questions please reach out to us by calling 919-473-6165 or by clicking here!

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