Why Work On Mobility Off The Field?
`The modern GAA player now trains twice a week with their team, can train another 2 to 4 times in the gym and may have 2 matches on a weekend. Often players may travel for training which can finish up late in the evening, and then have to hop in the car and drive an hour, or sometimes more, back to their home.
Couple this with a full working week or a week of sitting in lectures in college and its easy to see the demands that are placed on their body.
If your body is feeling stressed or fatigued, it will naturally tighten up to protect itself and if players go to training feeling a little restricted or ‘tight’, then injuries can occur when faced with the movements required during training.
Players need to be educated on how to look after their body so they can keep a healthy range of motion in their joints, and reduce their chance of picking up non – contact injuries. By improving the way they move this will improve their performance on the pitch.
What are the main areas that GAA Players complain of?
- Hamstring tightness
- Calf tightness
- Lower back