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Enhancing Athletic Performance through Structural Integration
Achieving peak athletic performance requires a commitment to a journey of hard labor, skill development, and movement efficiency. Training and conditioning are designed to improve strength, stamina, proprioception, agility, and mobility. The development and improvement of sport-specific skills are facilitated by appropriate alignment and balance (form and function).
Training, conditioning, and competition place extraordinary physical demands on the body. These demands may manifest as an injury, muscle or joint discomfort, decreased performance, or fatigue. Depression and loss of competitive drive are experienced by some athletes. Frequently, this is the outcome of excessive training and insufficient rehabilitation and recovery.
Sports-Specific Structural Integration: Tailored for Success
Due to its multilayered approach to working with connective tissue, form and posture, as well as functional enhancement, Structural Integration provides the athlete with a set of interventions to relieve excessive tension within the connective tissue (fascia).
Structural Integration aims to enhance an athlete's posture and form, as well as educate them on their movement and muscle engagement options.
Athletic injuries result in the formation of a pattern in the fascial net, which must be corrected for complete recuperation. By manipulating fascial tissue in particular ways, an injury pattern can be released and normal function can resume. In addition to hands-on work, it is essential to educate the athlete on preventative measures, such as novel movement options. For instance, assisting a runner in modifying his/her gate to improve performance and prevent injury recurrence.
Injury Prevention and Recovery:
A Holistic Approach
Overtraining occurs when there is insufficient time for the body to rehabilitate from training and competition. Sometimes, overtraining causes both physical and emotional fatigue. When this occurs, the athlete risks losing concentration and athletic performance. The waning desire to contend is associated with diminished mood and a loss of motivation to excel. A body that is overtrained requires rest and slumber. In addition, soft tissue rehabilitation is required to restore vitality to the musculature and connective tissue. Rolfing aids in the regeneration of healthy soft tissue by relieving restrictive connective tissue patterns and increasing hydration and blood flow to the muscles. In addition, it frees up joints to restore full range of motion and increases the overall efficiency of movement. As joints become unrestricted, the body's natural tendency is to move into a balanced alignment with greater mobility and flexibility. These modifications result in enhanced posture and athletic form.
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