At Westchester Health, we think it’s of primary importance to not only diagnose and treat injuries but to prevent them. Over the years, we’ve found that strengthening and conditioning play a large part in injury prevention. Ranging from intense cardiovascular training to a comprehensive stretching regimen, specialized techniques and exercises help athletes of all levels and abilities. Eric Small, MD, Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group and Medical Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Westchester Health, outlines the benefits of a strengthening and conditioning program in a recent blog.
A customized strengthening and conditioning program has many benefits
Injury prevention is the most important reason to follow a strength and conditioning program. Adhering to a well-designed program will strengthen muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, which will lead to fewer injuries. A good program will also address flexibility and strength deficits, which decreases injury.
To help you reach your peak performance, a sport-specific strengthening and conditioning program to improve your speed, strength, agility, endurance and muscle strength is essential.
Enjoying physical activity for a lifetime
Individuals who enjoy movement and physical activity are those who are the most likely to continue a healthy exercise lifestyle throughout their lives. Strength and conditioning training is a great way to improve your “movement quality” so that you will enjoy, and continue to exercise for the rest of your life.
Enhances general health
Strengthening and conditioning coupled with practicing sound nutrition will help prevent many ailments that can have a major effect on your overall health and athletic performance.
Healthy bones through exercise
Regular weight bearing exercise and strengthening work can help prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Stronger bones lead to a stronger musculoskeletal system which allows you to exercise safely and avoid injury.
Muscle conditioning helps you lift and hold your body upright. As a result, your spine, joints, organs and indeed, your whole body, will be in alignment the way it is meant to be.
Raises your metabolism
There’s no better way to increase your metabolism than to develop more muscle mass through strengthening and conditioning exercises.
Faster rehab with stronger muscles
If you suffer an injury but keep your other muscles strong, it’s been proven that you will bounce back quicker.
Regular strength training leads to better muscle control and balance. As a result, you’re less likely to fall, and if you do fall, your injury will be less severe.
When you build muscle, you burn more calories which come from fat. Therefore, strength training can actually prevent obesity. Studies have shown that keeping your body fat down adds years to your life.
Get strong, be flexible, be well
Now is a great time to begin a strength and conditioning program! If you have health issues, ask your doctor what type of strength training would best meet your needs and abilities so you can look better, feel better and live a longer, healthier life.
To read Dr. Small’s blog in full, click here.