Resist injury with resistance training

Resistance training is the form of exercise that uses your muscles to pull, push or resist against a force that builds strength and endurance.

Resistance training can be in various forms that cause the muscles to contract such as lifting weights, using resistance bands or moving against your body weight.  

While there is an abundance of benefits to resistance training, research shows that it plays a key role in injury prevention. Resistance training improves strength and flexibility in the muscles, allowing the body to become more enduring against injuries. With that in mind, here are three ways that resistance training helps reduce the risk of injury.  

Reduce muscle imbalances   

During resistance training, building strength up in the muscles can assist in balancing out weakness in different muscle groups. Muscle imbalances develop when a certain muscle group becomes much stronger than its opposing group, often a result of the specific sport or training style the individual performs. Therefore, if one muscle group is imbalanced, it can place additional stress on opposing muscles and result in soreness, strains and injury.  

Improves bone density and joint strength   

Resistance training is known to help strengthen the ligaments, tendons and muscles, but it also improves bone density. By placing additional stress on the body during exercise, bone density will improve and increase, reducing the risk of Osteoporosis. Resistance training can help strengthen ligaments and tendons while increasing flexibility in the joints. Thus, decreasing the risk of joints from becoming strained, sprained or torn.  

Improve stability and balance   

As resistance training helps build strength in the muscles, it further boosts your balance, coordination and posture. As a result, the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and soreness throughout the body reduces. With improved balance and stability, the risk of falls will be significantly reduced.  

Resistance training is a component of injury prevention that every athlete should incorporate into their training. Here at Progressive, our team are experienced in a range of areas including resistance training to promote injury management and recovery. If you want to incorporate resistance training into your routine, talk to the Progressive team this week.  

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.