Exercises that help develop neuromuscular control and increase functional joint stability are crucial in rehabilitation programs.
Information regarding joint positioning and joint movement provided by mechanoreceptors throughout the whole body (joints, ligaments, muscles, skin, and tendons) combined with input from the vestibular and visual systems help to maintain balance and proprioception.
When these systems are not firing on all cylinders, the risk of injuries (especially lower limb injuries) increase. Therefore, it is critical to include drills that enhance neuromuscular control into training and rehabilitation programs (Griffin E, 2003).
So, the question is – What is Neuromuscular Training?
Neuromuscular training is really teaching quality of movement; teaching nerves in the body how to make the muscles work efficiently and consistently with best performance and lower injury risk by correcting movement patterns.
Neuromuscular control training is the key to reducing the risk of lower limb injuries and re-injury rates.
From weekend warriors to elite athletes, all can benefit from integrated neuromuscular training to learn and relearn correct movement patterns. Ultimately, the earlier you can develop good habits, the better as this will provide you with the skills to understand how your body moves and to be able to execute those movement patterns in any environment.
Injury prevention programs that involve neuromuscular training are readily accessible in today’s day and age.
The following are a few examples of neuromuscular programs for various sports:
- Soccer – FIFA 11+ & PEP
- Netball – KNEE
- AFL – FootyFirst
Injury prevention programs reduce the risk of ACL injuries by 40-65% and is also seen to have a 50% reduction in ALL knee injuries – tendinopathies, PFPS, meniscus, ACL, etc (Gagnier et al. 2013, Donnell-Fink et al. 2015, Taylor et al. 2015 & Soomro et al. 2016).
Want To Know More?
We’d suggest contacting our team at Precision Physio, so that we can help you with your individual case.
How Do I Book An Appointment?
We’re taking the health of our clients, members and staff very seriously and our preference would be for you to call to book an appointment so that we can make sure to explain our approach to keeping you safe. You can call any of these numbers to schedule a session:
- Precision Physio Concord: 02 9736 3950
- Precision Physio St Marys: 02 9623 2220
- Precision Physio Mt Druitt: 02 9188 2552
Evolving with the current environment, we are also now offering online appointments, meaning that we can support anyone who is unable to leave their home. Sessions are done via our state of the art Telehealth system and as long as you have a laptop or tablet with an inbuilt camera, or a phone with camera, we can help!
To learn more about online consultations, please call us on any of the numbers listed above.