Mobility Training & Martial Athletes
Throughout my 21 years of participating in sports that placed a high demand on my body's joints and overall structure I have had to learn how to reduce the chance of injury or just recover fast. The sports that have taken the biggest toll on my body have been football and martial arts. From continuous years of recklessly slamming my body into opponents, overuse of the shoulder and hips and improper maintenance of my body has often times left my body in pain. My joint pain occurs most often in my shoulder and hips and in some cases a slight dislocation of the shoulder joint happens while punching. Through years of research I have come to the conclusion that this has happened to me primarily due to the lack of education and training on strengthening my shoulder and hip joints through full range of motion body weight and resistance training exercises.
After eight years of college football at the University ofMary-Hardin Baylor and the South West Conference defensive back of the year in 2011 my shoulders began to give out on me. I would push though resistance training exercises and sparring until it came down to the point where my shoulders would give and dislocate on a weight lifting exercise or punch and even both shoulders while swimming. After a few months of this reacquiring injury I knew that something had to change. My form of recovery was Ice, rest and full range of motion weighted and non weighted mobility exercise. 4 weeks into my new mobility training routine my shoulder began to regain strength and after 6 weeks I started to add light weight to the same non weighted movements to my shoulder mobility routine and my shoulder joints finally began to gain more strength. Once I started to train and not have my shoulder pop out I knew that it was due to the new mobility movements that I added to my daily routine.
Now that my shoulders have regained strength I have not gone a workout without adding in some type of mobility movement and I have even added in a daily resistance band routine. Years of research on movement and advances in the physical fitness industry has taken massive leaps in learning new ways to enhance the human body through unique forms of training made famous by companies like ONNIT Academy one of the leading innovators of movement and mobility. Instead of using the plain old dumbbell, bench press or even some of the usual fitness machines now we use exercise equipment such as resistance bands, mobility balls, steel maces and clubs and much more. With new forms of mobility training world class fighters and athletes have incorporated in beginner to advanced mobility training movements into their daily routine and the results have been major. Now that I have personally been healed and have seen the results of mobility training I now use more advanced equipment such as the steel mace, steel club and kettle bell to increase my over all mobility and strength. Using weighted and non weighted movements to build up strength mobility is the key to athletic longevity and overall health.
I have concluded that most athletes, martial artist and fitness enthusiast including myself can reduce the risk of injury and gain more strength if we build up our mobility and flexibility in our joints. Instead of just hammering out major muscle groups in sport specific training start to place in emphasis on correct technique, body mechanics and mobility and you will begin to see a change in your performance. Remember Mobility is King.
By: Chad Cannon
Certified PT & World Champion Black Belt