Prehab recognised as way to protect from injury
MAKING the most of your time in isolation by ramping up your workout routine? That’s great! But you don’t want to end up with an injury, either.
“Prehab” will not only help you avoid injury, it will also give your body a boost to supercharge your training.
Short for pre-rehab, prehab was developed to help prepare your body for surgery, with studies noting it could reduce post-op pain and hospital stays. But now it’s also being used pre-exercise, to protect your body from injury to begin with.
Unlike your typical warmup (which may have you jogging on the spot or busting out some static stretches), prehab focuses on three key areas – mobility and stability; muscle activation; and strength and conditioning. The idea is that by perfecting each component, your body is better prepared for movement.
So, what does prehab look like?
To improve your mobility and stability, try foam rolling or exercises such as hip circles and glute bridges; to activate muscles, do some bodyweight exercises such as squats, pushups or horseback kicks with a resistance band; and for strength and conditioning, target your dominant muscles with single-weighted exercises,
such as hamstring curls.
ROLL WITH IT: Prehab is different to a warm-up.