Is Being Injury Prone A Myth?
In my work, I'm often called upon to solve difficult rehabilitation problems. Oftentimes this means someone is dealing with a nagging injuries, and sometimes in means helping someone rebuild their body, movement, and performance. A major component of not only rehab, but training, is helping people bulletproof their body for long-term injury prevention. This set of circumstances begs the question...is there such a thing as being injury prone?
Take someone like Derrick Rose-he's someone that has been branded with that reputation and rightfully so-what has mainly been a resume of knee injuries has also bled over into other areas, including a recent ankle issue. This slew of injuries has changed the scope of the youngest MVP in league history. The one time top point guard is currently on the outside, looking in, waiting for his next contract.
According to functional neurologist (and personal mentor), Garrett Salpeter, being 'injury prone', "really means inefficient. When muscles don't elongate properly, they can't absorb as much force during deceleration. So more of that force goes to the connective tissue, bone, etc. and can cause problems there."
This absolutely makes sense-mechanical pathologies can mean postural issues, as well as poor, long-ingrained movement patterns-these things can throw off delicate balances that can accumulate until a final straw (impact) that breaks.
How about the nervous system? Well, your ability to create/absorb force, as well as your movements, are absolutely functions that are controlled neurologically. In other words, poor neuromuscular patterning can cause you to move poorly, which can cause injury. Furthermore, if, say, your muscles are too stiff, you won't be able to relax and absorb force. We know from the training science, that much of athleticism is contingent upon the ability of your muscles to elongate and relax prior to contraction. The best athletes have an ability to both relax and create tension at elite, lightning-fast levels.
This is where proper rehabilitation comes into play and why being able to alter the nervous system at the INPUT level becomes so important. This is a key reason why I'm able to net better performance, injury rehab, and injury prevention using the NeuFit/neuwave system in conjunction with proper exercise. By tapping into the potential of the INPUTS, we can alter the OUTPUTS for best practice.
Don't get it twisted-once structural integrity is compromised (damaged), recurring injuries to the same area are absolutely possible, so in that sense being injury prone makes sense. That said, most injury pathologies can be course-corrected by tapping into the potential of the nervous system and its dialogue with the musculoskeletal system.
Interested in learning more? Check out THIS overview of how we do rehabilitation.