I have been working as an exercise physiologist and strength and conditioning coach for 8years now having worked with over a 1000 individuals and multiple teams, clubs and academies.
In this time I have had the privilege of working alongside some really smart health care professionals (Physios, Coaches, EPs, PTs, Doctors, Surgeons, Pyschs). These individuals have been pivotal in shaping the way I view the rehabilitation process and helping develop a skill set to move people from pain to performance.
Today I wanted to share 20 key principles around having a success injury rehab process:
Make the rehab process fun
Set them up to win
Building trust is a key part of the process
Make them feel athletic
Set clear expectations of the rehab process
Set goals along the path and develop an action plan
Focus on what they can do, not always what they can't
Focus on the individual, not just the injury
Manipulate volume, intensity and frequency, when intensity is low, bump up the frequency
Practice, practice, practice, cells that fire together wire together
All injuries involve the brain
Move well, then move often
Easy to Hard
Simple to complex
Slow to Fast, and if you can't go slow, don't go fast
Criteria driven, while paying attention to tissue healing time
Expose to a threat, let them win, repeat until they have faced everything they need for their activity/sport
Clear communication between the rehab team is a must!
Find their limit, back off and then keep raising the ceiling to build capacity
Long term rehab is an opportunity to work on weaknesses and come back better
Let me know your thoughts and if you think I left anything out.