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Sports Injury and Athletic Injury Prevention

To be an athlete requires one to continuously subject the body to arduous workouts and training sessions, strict dietary regimes and a disciplined mind in order to prepare the body for rigorous competitions. This is done as a means of ensuring that your performance is at its finest every time and to mitigate against athletic injury, such as fatigue while performing or any other trauma or endurence that can be sustained. This is no easy task by far. To perform at peak efficiency, fluidity with unimpaired movements consistently, requires an athlete’s muscles and other inner systems to be working in tandem and efficiently, if not, then the athlete will be subjected to endure bouts of sports injury that could have been prevented.

One of the many systems that athletes and their caregivers should pay particular attention to is that of the neurological system. This is so important, especially when there are neurological deficits from an old or pre-existing injury locked up in the Reactive Muscle System, the performance of the athlete will wane, leaving the athlete open to sustain sport injury to the muscles and other structural systems (for example the spine) within the body. This is of critical concern to the athlete in terms of performance and the longevity of their careers as neurological balance and integrity in the Reactive Muscle System play a key role in the level of their performance.

Reactive Muscle System And Sports Injury

The muscles of the body do not act independently; instead they form part of a Reactive Muscle System and so, if there is an imbalance within the system it can weaken the system significantly. So how does the Reactive Muscle System work? Think of gait reflex movement which refers to the manner or style of walking/running, or picture an athlete readying himself to run. The simple process of taking a step forward requires significant coordination between varying muscle bundles in the body, nervous system and brain; beginning with the motion of lifting your leg, pushing off with the foot, moving the arm, changing the position of your head and other associated actions, muscles which would be in opposition to this motion are deactivated to not inhibit the other muscles from working. This is done through a special intact reflex activity and control, which is an injury prevention technique and not only manages those muscles that are in motion yet also, returns the muscles to a neutral state or tone.

An imbalance, however, will result in the reflex activities and controls to breakdown, causing the occurrence of a hyper or tight muscle which would also have a hypo or weak muscle somewhere in normal reactivity. The hyper muscle is considered to be potentially weak as its muscle bundles are not going through the normal resting phases and so may be overworking due to its extended activation. On the other hand, a hypo muscle is considered to be weak from the start because it is mostly in a de-facilitated state. With the muscles not working in their normal regulatory manner of activation and deactivation, this leaves an athlete susceptible to the onset of fatigue and increases the likelihood of a sports injury. Additionally, there is a loss of joint stability which further affects the gait reflex movement, which if not corrected by resuming the neurological balance within the system, will ultimately affect the performance of the athlete. Nonetheless, athletic injury can be abated once athletes are given the necessary care that is required, which is the aim of Neural Organisation Therapy.

Managing Sports Injury And Injury Prevention Using Neural Organisation Therapy

Neural Organisation Therapy also referred to as NOT, and is not merely a technique on how to maintain a healthy neurological balance or on how to restore balance amongst the varying neurological systems of the body yet also, a philosophy. The philosophy adopts the ideology that the body was designed with characteristics which are innate to ensure its survival, even in the most hostile situations or environments. These innate or most primitive of human characteristics are survival mechanisms that are genetically organised in a manner much likened to a computer program and so, the reflex systems of Feeding, Fight/Flight and Reproduction are vital to our survival and this is your premium starting point for your Sports Injury Treatment to get maximum performance out of your body to ensure injury prevention.

Anything that happens to the body in its bid to survive will include at least one of the primary neurological systems directly and another indirectly. For instance, the Limbic System is a combination of the immune, repair and growth and (cellular) reproduction systems, which brings the three primary systems together in a cohesive life force. As demonstrated before we see where the body consist of neurological systems building on top of other systems, and so, this is further controlled by the Nervous System, which monitors these mechanisms, dealing with them as necessary and when needed, constructs compensatory functions to survive. What we want here is injury prevention.

The Athlete and the Primary Reflex Systems

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