Flywheel Training has an important role to play in sports medicine and injury prevention.
Injuries are an inevitable part of sport, unfortunately. They not only negatively affect the player or athlete but also the rest of their team as well as the club as a whole. However, with consideration being placed on injury prevention, they can be averted and with effective rehabilitation, disruption can be minimised.
Flywheel training is an effective treatment choice for both injury prevention and rehabilitation making it a versatile tool in a sports medicine arsenal.
For rehabilitation, being able to complete strength training without using the upper limbs to hold or stabilise weights can be a common challenge with upper body injuries. This can result in other body parts becoming weak even if only a finger is broken. With the kBox, strength training can be performed while using a harness or one of several attachments, useful for when the upper limbs are injured e.g. broken fingers or arms, fractured collar bones or dislocated shoulders.
The kBox also offers the perfect platform for eccentric strengthening, a pivotal part of Anterior Cruciate Ligament rehabilitation, focusing on knee control and landing form as well. By applying resistance throughout the entire range of movement, the muscle gains strength through this entire range as well.
Return to Play
After sustaining an injury, a common goal for both the player and the team’s medical staff is to return to sport/play (RTP) as soon as possible while still avoiding reinjury. By incorporating the efficiency of flywheel training into a rehab program, athletes are able to expedite their strengthening and return to the field sooner. Continued use of the kBox or kPulley once back competing will assist them to prevent re-injuring.
The low impact nature of the device and the ability to focus on the quality of movement makes it an appropriate choice for core strengthening, very useful in the rehabilitation of back injuries.
Prevention is better than cure, and this is certainly true for injuries. Working on general muscle strengthening and specifically explosive strength ensures that players can develop adequate strength to withstand high impact loads. This is particularly important for players who are required to sprint and change directions.
By incorporating flywheel training into an athlete’s regime, they are able to prevent the type of overuse injuries that football players sustain due to running in boots on solid turf or that runners develop on concrete roads.
The kBox is suitable for a physiotherapy clinic or a sporting club which may be short on space, yet it offers countless options for exercises and adaptations.