Health & Awareness
Train Safe: Perform Better, Reduce Risk
When you explore the links below you will find helpful information from our popular Training Safe Brochure Series on how to improve your training, your quality of life and, at the same time, how to reduce your risk of injury during your workouts, sports or just your everyday living.
Your lumbar spine, as part of the “core”, provides mobility and stability for your back, while the discs between your vertebrae absorb shock during movement. Learn how to protect your low back by keeping a neutral spine and using abdominal bracing.
In addition to providing head movement, your neck muscles participate in stabilizing your shoulders, neck and head when you perform activities and exercises of both your upper and lower body. Discover how your neck helps your nervous system controls your balance.
Proper positioning and stabilization of your shoulder complex is required during all arm movements. A stable shoulder complex allows maximum efficiency and function of your arms and hands. Also, find out how proper stability of your shoulder complex reduces stresses on your neck.
When functioning properly, your core muscles activate before of the muscles that move your legs or arms. This results in optimum spinal control and stabilization. Learn how proper core stabilization efficiently transfers power between your arms and legs and strengthens your chains of movement.
Posture affects every movement you perform by influencing how well muscles leverage their ability to create movement in a coordinated and efficient manner. Your posture also determines how loads are diffused throughout your body and what joints will bear the burden of support. By practicing balanced posture during your workouts your exercises will be more efficient, will target the right muscles, reinforce proper movement, and reduce injuries.
Most of us have experienced an occasional injury: The sprained ankle, whiplash, the knee or shoulder injury, the shin bump on the corner of the coffee table, a sun burn, or a paper cut (ouch!). On this page you will learn about the stages of healing, repair and remodeling as you recover from an injury. You will also find some general guidelines of how you can make this process more successful.