Want to perform at your peak performance levels? Want to get through your day to day routine without pain or injury? If so, you may be a candidate for our strength and conditioning services at Peak Performance Sport and Spine in Colorado Springs, CO. Whether you’re an elite athlete or someone who suffers from a nagging injury, we offer custom strength and conditioning plans to get you performing at your best, safely, and pain-free.
It’s important to know that a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) is not a personal trainer. At Peak Performance Sport and Spine, we use strength and conditioning to complement our chiropractic and sports medicine services. This allows us to take a medical approach to strength and conditioning. We assess critical paths of motion which could be how you throw a baseball, kick a soccer ball, or how you simply bend over to pick something off the floor. We then prescribe a strength and conditioning program specifically for you to optimize strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and injury prevention.
Contact Peak Performance Sports and Spine today to learn what our certified strength and conditioning program can do for you.
The CSCS program originated in 1985. It was designed to acknowledge certain individuals who had the skill and knowledge needed to created effective and safe strength and conditioning programs for athletes. This was often implemented in a team setting.
What a CSCS Does
In general, a CSCS will do the following. This according to the National Strength and Conditioning Association:
- Perform sport-specific testing. Sport-specific testing might involve range of motion testing or other testing designed to see how you would perform doing a specific activity.
- Create and oversee effective and safe training and conditioning programs. A CSCS will create a personalized conditioning and training program for each athlete. This program will vary depending on the goals of a team or individual athlete.
- Provide nutrition plans and oversight. As any athlete understands, nutrition is a huge part of any training program. You have to properly fuel your body in order to get the results you want. CSCS will create a workable nutrition plan for their clients.
- Aim for injury prevention. Injuries are a huge element of any athlete’s life. It’s kind of par for the course when playing sports. A CSCS will offer suggestions on how to prevent injuries from happening. They will also work with an athlete to prevent the same injury from happening again after one has occurred.
How Peak Performance Sport and Spine Can Help You as an Athlete
The following are specific ways Peak Performance can help you achieve more as an athlete:
- We work with your current programs to help you remain injury free.
- Our rehab and personalized exercises bridge the gap between the treatments you get elsewhere and physical therapy. The end result is you getting quicker and more dramatic results.
- We offer sport or activity specific testing. This testing is designed to analyze how you are performing now and create ways to improve your current standings.
Common Sports Injuries Athletes Regularly Experience
As an athlete, you understand that injuries are just part of the process. Thankfully, with our help, you can get back out there participating in the activity you love as soon as possible. We also aim to prevent you from experiencing another injury, through specific training and exercises. The following are some common sports-related injuries. Perhaps, you have experienced a few of these. Know that prompt attention is crucial to recuperating from any injury, no matter the severity:
- Ankle Sprain: Who hasn’t experienced an ankle sprain at some point in their life? After all, even those not graced with athletic prowess can still manage an ankle sprain. However, for an athlete, a sprain is more than a nuisance, it can sideline them. Sprains occur when the ligaments that connect one bone to another are injured. In short, a sprain is a pulled muscle. Although this injury sounds minimal, it can be pretty painful and negatively impact an athlete’s ability to perform.
- Groin Pull: If you have ever played baseball, football, soccer or hockey, you might have experienced this injury. It occurs when side-to-side motion causes strain in the inner thigh or groin area. If your groin pull is accompanied by excessive swelling, you need to see a doctor quickly.
- Hamstring Strain: Kicking your leg out in a quick manner or overstretching can result in hamstring injuries. The hamstring is made up of three muscles that form the back of the thigh. Hamstring injuries are irritatingly slow to heal due to the fact that you still have to walk.
- Shin Splints: Running is the most common cause of this sports injury. When you have a shin splint, you will notice pain down the front of your legs, around the shin area. Sometimes, athletes mistakenly assume they have a shin splint when they really have a stress fracture in the bone.
- ACL Tear: When you injure your ACL, the anterior cruciate ligament, known as the ACL, is turned or injured. The ACL is part of the knee joint. This injury is often caused by you stop or cut suddenly. When the tear is complete, you will hear a pop sound at the time of the injury. This means the injury is more severe. Of all sports injuries, ACL injuries are perhaps the most common of all.
- Patellofemoral Syndrome: This is another common injury affecting the knee area. It occurs when repetitive movement causes your kneecap or patella to rub against your thigh bone or femur. This can cause the tissue under your kneecap to become damaged. Basketball, volleyball and running are the most common sports associated with this injury.
- Epicondylitis: This injury is more commonly known as simply tennis elbow. It is caused when the elbow is used repetitively, resulting in tiny tears of the tendons. Tennis and golf are the sports most often associated with tennis elbow.
How Peak Performance Sport and Spine Can Help
If you are facing any of the injuries listed above, or one not listed and need the help of CSCS to get back to the sport your love, come see us at Peak Performance Sport and Spine. Through our extensive training and experiencing working with athletes, we are able to help you work on your range of motion, improve your form, strength and flexibility.
We Want to Help You Perform Better
Our goal is to help you perform your sport better whether you are coming off an injury or not. Therefore, even if you haven’t been injured, we are here to serve you as well. We are happy to put together a plan to keep you as injury free as possible as well as work on any current issues you are facing.