Before starting/recommencing any competitive sport or any new physical activity, it's critical that any existing or pre-existing injuries and muscle imbalances can be determined, addressed and treated to reduce a person's risk of suffering a minor or severe injury. A pre-screening can combat and drastically reduce the chances of sustaining an injury.
A physical screening involves the use of sport specific fitness testing to determine an athlete's musculoskeletal deficits or abnormalities identified by a physiotherapist.
A typical pre-screening looks into:
- Joint and Muscle range of motion
- Functional Movement
- Functional-specific testing related to the individual's sport
Once the pre-screening assessment has been conducted, recommendations based on the athlete’s results will receive a modified program to meet their needs and address the areas in where they need to improve on and highlight areas of concern.
These pre-screening assessments are crucial for any professional athletes; however, they can also be of value for anyone who is about to commence an exercise, sport, strength training program or weight loss program to get a gauge of any predisposed injuries that they might be at risk of.
If you’re a local athlete or team about to launch into a taxing pre-season campaign or you might be starting up a new training regime/program, a physical screening will save you from any potential injury along with the long-term hit to the wallet.
If you need to book in for your pre-screening assessment make sure you contact your local Physio Inq clinic today or feel free to call one of our physiotherapists to see if a pre-screening assessment is appropriate for you.
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