Orthopedic Screening and Dynamic Warm Up

by Samantha Narveson
Athletic Training
Faculty advisor: Dr. Chris Todden

The priority with initial intervention (screening and training) is to improve range of motion where motion is limited in an effort to prevent injury and affect performance. It can be argued that these limited motion addressing activities should preferably be made during the off-season when the intensity of training is not required to be as high. However, with the rapid changes in range of motion during periods of frequent participation, increases in the likelihood of injury in active individuals occur in season as well. This is often found from newly introduced repetitive motion and can be linked at times to various timeframes throughout the season. During this time, a significant amount a of change will be made in movement control/muscle re-education. Increased attention is normally paid to this area over the passage of the three to four month seasons to two years. It is the primary goal of all intervention to prevent the incidence or recurrence of physical pain or homeostatic alterations to the tissue for all individuals by establishing good patterns of movement. This program involved a comprehensive review of the effects of movement control/ muscle re-education on injury rates.  Further activity involved the continued development of the injury prevention/dynamic warm-up protocol based on the pre-participation orthopedic screening protocol.  It is compulsory to note that tissues with full range of motion may be hindered by the attempt to increase length, and indeed may lead to an increased injury rate as well as decreased performance.