THE POWER OF PREHAB

Want to perform at your best this year? Don’t wait until you’re injured to visit the physio…

You pay for the car to have an MOT every year, so why shouldn’t you splash out on a full-body check, too? This is the premise behind the workout world’s latest body-boosting trend – prehabilitation, or prehab, an injury-prevention programme that’s usually devised by a physiotherapist, sports therapist or osteopath. The aim of a prehab programme is to look at a fitness fan’s body and iron out any imbalances that might lead to an injury. While the tests and treatments at a prehab clinic may vary, the aim of all centres is the same – to improve the way your body moves, hopefully shielding it against sports injury. Prehab prepares the joints for exercise,’ explains Erica Foulds, master trainer at Ten Health & Fitness (ten.co.uk). If you’re predominantly sedentary [you have a desk job, perhaps], your spine and joints aren’t in the condition to be put through strenuous exercise, so you need to prepare them for it And fitness fans need prehab treatments now more than ever, as experts note that HIIT and online workout trends are increasing the risk of injury. If you’re following high-intensity workout from the internet and not being helped by a qualified instructor, you’re more likely to do the moves incorrectly and get injured,’ explain Foulds. We tracked down the premier prehab centres…

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Prescriptive Body MOT at Ten Health & Fitness

WHAT IS IT? Micro tweak your movements to optimise your workout – this is the promise that comes with a Prescriptive Body MOT, which is an assessment led by a Ten Health & Fitness physiotherapist. The Physiotherapist monitors your posture, movement patterns, range and quality of motion to hone in on any imbalances. You may then be given a set of exercises to practise to address your issues or might even be advised to go to one of the other Ten programmes, such as Pilates or Personal Training, where you’ll be put through your paces by someone who understands your unique needs. Handy.

WHY DO IT? Squat, lunge, hip hinge – actions like these can put a lot of strain on lower-back muscles and through the knees, which is why you need to perform them correctly before going to a circuit class and sweating through 30 reps of them. Whether you’ve got very tight chest muscles from sitting at a computer, or hypermobility from performing gymnastics as a kid, this is the prehab solution that could optimise your workout.SIGN UP NOW A one-off MOT costs £120 for a 90-minute session; ten.co.uk.

Winter Sports Service at The Centre for Health and Human Performance

WHAT IS IT? Run by experienced snowsport physiotherapists, Rob Madden and James Vickers, this winter clinic is the place to go if you want to prep your body for the slopes. Choose from three packages: the Black Diamond, Double Black Diamond or The Heli. All services begin with a physiotherapy consultation and assessment that will screen for injury and biomechanical weakness. The Double Black Diamond package also includes five follow-up clinics, plus an exercise prescription. The Heli Package offers the most comprehensive treatment with the chance to tailor a specific fitness programme based on your anaerobic threshold and VO2 max.

WHY DO IT? Because you want to increase your performance in the mountains or keep an old ski or snowboard niggle at bay, such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. The clinic offers care that’s specific to ski and snowboard-related conditions, whether you want to enjoy a leisurely winter break or have a snowsports goal in mind. The centre also runs tailored pre-season conditioning programmes aimed at reducing injuries and improving skills.

SIGN UP NOW Choose from the Black Diamond (£150), Double Black Diamond (£500) and The Heli (£1,000); chhp.com.

THE POWER OF PREHAB

Fix London Clinic

WHAT IS IT? Fix therapists will take you from the treatment table to the finish line with a comprehensive prehab plan. Treatment begins with a physiotherapy or osteopathy session, which might involve some manual therapy to balance out your body. And often, you’ll leave with progressive prehabilitation exercises to do at home. Your therapist might then suggest some clinical strength and conditioning to pinpoint weak spots, or you could be on your way to see an acupuncturist, nutritionist, Pilates or yoga specialist.All areas are covered.

WHY DO IT? Fix experts live by the mantra that ‘prevention is better than cure’, whether you’re a marathon runner or an achy office worker. And here, you’ll receive a truly comprehensive better-body plan. They know what they’re doing too, as Fix has helped professional athletes prepare for everything, from Channel swims to rugby tournaments.

SIGN UP NOW An initial assessment starts at £75 for 60 minutes. Prices range from £12 for a group yoga or Pilates class to £75 for private sessions; fix london.co.uk.

Event Preparation at Pure Sports Medicine London

WHAT IS IT? A prehabilitation package that has been designed for sportspeople of all levels, from newbie 5K runners to experienced skiers. The team of physical therapy experts at Pure Sports will put together a personalised programme based on your individual needs, whether you’re aiming for a personal best or just to finish the race uninjured. Choose from three packages, with the Basic one offering a massage and six-week strength and conditioning programme, and the Complete package adding screening and nutrition assessment with a dietician.

WHY DO IT? You have a goal in mind and will be damned if a little niggle is going to get in the way of achieving your aim. This is the place to go if you want to challenge yourself in 2018 and are afraid of what taking on a big event might do to your body. The variety of packages means that you can also choose just how much you want to invest in your performance.

SIGN UP NOW: Choose from The Basic (£229), The Advanced (£305) and The Complete (£458); puresportsmed.com.

THE POWER OF PREHAB

Want to perform at your best this year? Don’t wait until you’re injured to visit the physio…

You pay for the car to have an MOT every year, so why shouldn’t you splash out on a full-body check, too? This is the premise behind the workout world’s latest body-boosting trend – prehabilitation, or prehab, an injury-prevention programme that’s usually devised by a physiotherapist, sports therapist or osteopath. The aim of a prehab programme is to look at a fitness fan’s body and iron out any imbalances that might lead to an injury. While the tests and treatments at a prehab clinic may vary, the aim of all centres is the same – to improve the way your body moves, hopefully shielding it against sports injury. Prehab prepares the joints for exercise,’ explains Erica Foulds, master trainer at Ten Health & Fitness (ten.co.uk). If you’re predominantly sedentary [you have a desk job, perhaps], your spine and joints aren’t in the condition to be put through strenuous exercise, so you need to prepare them for it And fitness fans need prehab treatments now more than ever, as experts note that HIIT and online workout trends are increasing the risk of injury. If you’re following high-intensity workout from the internet and not being helped by a qualified instructor, you’re more likely to do the moves incorrectly and get injured,’ explain Foulds. We tracked down the premier prehab centres…

THE POWER OF PREHAB

Prescriptive Body MOT at Ten Health & Fitness

WHAT IS IT? Micro tweak your movements to optimise your workout – this is the promise that comes with a Prescriptive Body MOT, which is an assessment led by a Ten Health & Fitness physiotherapist. The Physiotherapist monitors your posture, movement patterns, range and quality of motion to hone in on any imbalances. You may then be given a set of exercises to practise to address your issues or might even be advised to go to one of the other Ten programmes, such as Pilates or Personal Training, where you’ll be put through your paces by someone who understands your unique needs. Handy.

WHY DO IT? Squat, lunge, hip hinge – actions like these can put a lot of strain on lower-back muscles and through the knees, which is why you need to perform them correctly before going to a circuit class and sweating through 30 reps of them. Whether you’ve got very tight chest muscles from sitting at a computer, or hypermobility from performing gymnastics as a kid, this is the prehab solution that could optimise your workout.SIGN UP NOW A one-off MOT costs £120 for a 90-minute session; ten.co.uk.

Winter Sports Service at The Centre for Health and Human Performance

WHAT IS IT? Run by experienced snowsport physiotherapists, Rob Madden and James Vickers, this winter clinic is the place to go if you want to prep your body for the slopes. Choose from three packages: the Black Diamond, Double Black Diamond or The Heli. All services begin with a physiotherapy consultation and assessment that will screen for injury and biomechanical weakness. The Double Black Diamond package also includes five follow-up clinics, plus an exercise prescription. The Heli Package offers the most comprehensive treatment with the chance to tailor a specific fitness programme based on your anaerobic threshold and VO2 max.

WHY DO IT? Because you want to increase your performance in the mountains or keep an old ski or snowboard niggle at bay, such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. The clinic offers care that’s specific to ski and snowboard-related conditions, whether you want to enjoy a leisurely winter break or have a snowsports goal in mind. The centre also runs tailored pre-season conditioning programmes aimed at reducing injuries and improving skills.

SIGN UP NOW Choose from the Black Diamond (£150), Double Black Diamond (£500) and The Heli (£1,000); chhp.com.

THE POWER OF PREHAB

Fix London Clinic

WHAT IS IT? Fix therapists will take you from the treatment table to the finish line with a comprehensive prehab plan. Treatment begins with a physiotherapy or osteopathy session, which might involve some manual therapy to balance out your body. And often, you’ll leave with progressive prehabilitation exercises to do at home. Your therapist might then suggest some clinical strength and conditioning to pinpoint weak spots, or you could be on your way to see an acupuncturist, nutritionist, Pilates or yoga specialist.All areas are covered.

WHY DO IT? Fix experts live by the mantra that ‘prevention is better than cure’, whether you’re a marathon runner or an achy office worker. And here, you’ll receive a truly comprehensive better-body plan. They know what they’re doing too, as Fix has helped professional athletes prepare for everything, from Channel swims to rugby tournaments.

SIGN UP NOW An initial assessment starts at £75 for 60 minutes. Prices range from £12 for a group yoga or Pilates class to £75 for private sessions; fix london.co.uk.

Event Preparation at Pure Sports Medicine London

WHAT IS IT? A prehabilitation package that has been designed for sportspeople of all levels, from newbie 5K runners to experienced skiers. The team of physical therapy experts at Pure Sports will put together a personalised programme based on your individual needs, whether you’re aiming for a personal best or just to finish the race uninjured. Choose from three packages, with the Basic one offering a massage and six-week strength and conditioning programme, and the Complete package adding screening and nutrition assessment with a dietician.

WHY DO IT? You have a goal in mind and will be damned if a little niggle is going to get in the way of achieving your aim. This is the place to go if you want to challenge yourself in 2018 and are afraid of what taking on a big event might do to your body. The variety of packages means that you can also choose just how much you want to invest in your performance.

SIGN UP NOW: Choose from The Basic (£229), The Advanced (£305) and The Complete (£458); puresportsmed.com.

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