I bought a new pair of shoes the other day…
Life changing? No, but it sure was game changing!
Thanks to a visit with Aadila Dada at ProHealth Podiatry, I finally ditched the old converse shoes for a pair of supportive, athletic and presentable Nikes.
Aadila and her team have recently opened up their second practice, right here in our very own 4064 neighbourhood.
Here is an all important blog post about ‘OFF SEASON TRAINING’.. but don’t think this only applies to those who play sports.
YOU most likely train all year round, when did you last follow these important recovery measures mentioned below?
If you’re competitive by nature and love exercise/workouts, it’s quite difficult to stop and rest.
Do you have an injury this year?
If you did have an injury, were you one hundred percent pain free when you returned, or did you come back sooner than expected. Many players’ return too early because of peer pressure, especially at a junior level.
And this is why the off-season is so important, because nothing beats rest, but at the same time you shouldn’t be sitting back totally inactive and eating Doritos.
Lower Limb Injuries (again)
In sport foot and lower limb injuries are not uncommon, and yes, with rest you will feel much better, however was it a new injury or a problem that returns every season?
If you’ve had similar problems in previous years, you need to address this during the off-season, otherwise it’s just going to occur again next year.
Seeing a podiatrist to evaluate all lower limb problems should be at the top of your to do list this off-season, especially if the pain is still present.
Evaluate Your Footwear
Also, the off season is a great time to evaluate your footwear. Many foot and lower limb problems can be caused by poor fitting footwear, or footwear that is past it’s use by date.
Excessive wear in any area is a sure sign that your foot is not functioning as it should, and this can lead to lower and upper body injuries.
Many back problems are directly related to your feet and a Podiatrist is the only health professional that will be able to evaluate this properly.
This is why at ProHealth Podiatry our podiatrists work closely with local Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.
Stretching is also important. If you’ve been tight is specific muscle groups, the off-season is the perfect time to address this and make an effort to become more flexible.
A lot of injuries can be contributed to tight muscle groups.
If you have muscle tightness, it affects the function and range of motion of the associated joints, therefore this places more force and strain on other joints and muscles because they will automatically try to compensate for this lack of mobility.
Review Your Orthotics
If you had orthotics made previously, you should have them evaluated during the off-season as well because if repairs or replacement pairs are needed, the off-season is the perfect time to do this, so you’re ready for the preseason.
If you do everything right in the off-season, and fix all those niggling problems, you’re going to enjoy next year’s season so much more.