It should come as no surprise to you that I think active care is important. Active care is the basis of almost everything I do! If you have sought out advice from me, whether clinical or performance-based, I am sure you have heard me say the phrase, “Alright, now let’s get you moving.” I say that because as Warriors, you aren’t sedentary folk. You live a dynamic life, so your training/treatment should match that!
While I do love soft tissue treatments, heat, needling, and adjusting, adjusting patients is literally one of my favorite things about the job, the lions share of the performance care I offer is movement oriented. What do you feel is going to more permanently increase your ability to sweep the opponent? Me putting the temporary range of motion into your hip with an adjustment or you learning how to control your dynamic hip mobility through various targeted exercises. According to current research on the matter, the latter is the clear favorite in this scenario. By giving you the tools to make lasting changes in your body control, you can continually progress and boost performance, which at the end of the day is the most important part of me helping you!
This is not to say that those other therapies are not important. They play a huge role in the performance care paradigm as well. Especially in conjunction with this movement based approach. All I am saying is that it should not be the main focus long term. Long term, the goal is to build resiliency and peak performance, right? That’s typically why you as a Warrior come to see someone like me.
Resiliency is created by adding calculated load to a tissue and allowing it to build over time. Performance comes from using this resiliency and putting it to use with a mix of technique, heart, force generation, and intuition. Lucky for you, if you’re reading this you most likely already have 2 of those 5 things locked down. I will never have to question a Warrior’s heart and intuition. The other 3 come with hard work and commitment to the goal. Just like practice, rehab should be challenging and should feel like work. That’s the ONLY way you can get back to kicking ass and taking names. So as a Warrior, don’t take the easy way out when recovering from an injury. Just laying on a table is bullshit and you know it.
Find someone that understands your goals and can treat you like the resilient beast that you are! If you can’t find someone, shoot me an email at Austin@warriorsportswellness.com because I sure as shit can.
Peace out Warriors!