CrossFit describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains,” with the stated goal of improving fitness, which it defines as “work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”
For some CrossFit is the “sport of fitness”.
CrossFit uses elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and kettlebell sport in combination for their method of training.
Whether the reason for CrossFitting is to compete or just to stay in shape Max Effort Physical Therapy is uniquely qualified to assess faulty movement patterns, beyond the scope of what CrossFit coaches are trained for and provide therapy for injuries to due to these faulty movement patterns as well as imbalances or problems associated with old injuries that were never properly addressed.
CrossFit athletes who are limited in their abilities due to pain or any other physical deficit should consider visiting Max Effort Physical Therapy, we will diagnose and treat the underlying issue that is causing the pain and/or deficit. Furthermore, we take the time to prescribe corrective exercises that are “customized” for the individual to continue after therapy is over and to be done in conjunction with the CrossFit workout to eliminate movement issues, imbalances and weakness. To learn more about our services, contact our office today.
Mobility, Stability and Dynamic Ability – Defined
Performing overhead presses, squats, double-under, muscle-up, dead-lift and many of the other movements in CrossFit workouts requires mobility, stability and dynamic ability.
- Mobility refers to the joint’s ability to perform a fully active and passive range of motion (within normal pathways).
- Stability is essential to ensure that the joints have a strong foundation that allows the athlete to push off without injuring himself/herself.
- Dynamic Ability refers to an individual’s ability to handle resistance of any kind as well as his/her ability to safely accelerate and decelerate a force. These resistant forces may be in the form of a medicine ball, one’s own body weight, a kettle-bell, etc.
Those in the CrossFit community place a high value on the safety of their athletes. This is evident in that the community emphasizes proper technique and scales workouts to meet the needs of each athlete. However, coaches are limited when it comes to providing injured athletes with the modified exercises or substitutions they need during their workout of the day (WOD).
CrossFit athletes who are limited in their abilities due to pain or any other physical deficit should consider visiting Max Effort Sports PT. At Max Effort, we will diagnose and treat the underlying issue that is causing the pain and/or deficit. Furthermore, we take the time to teach our CrossFit clients how to care for their body, thus, reducing the likelihood that he or she will suffer an injury due to improper movements. To learn more about our services, contact our office today.