Stretching and the Benefits for Injury Prevention

Stretching is a vital part of a healthy fitness regimen. It helps to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries by reducing fatigue, improving muscular balance and posture and improving muscle coordination. Stretching only takes a few minutes, and when it reduces roughly 50 percent of soft tissue strain and sprain injuries, we all go home feeling and moving better. If we look into specific job roles, the most common being office-based job roles; the most common injuries sustained are musculoskeletal in nature, caused by the extended periods of time spent sitting at a desk or performing repetitive movements, for example, bad posture or poor ergonomic workstations.

Research has shown that implementing a job-specific stretching program can lower injury rates, and this type of early intervention is a vital tactic that should be included in your injury prevention strategy. Team members are encouraged to report early warning signs such as excessive fatigue and discomfort, such as when you are moving and you feel something grab, spasm, catch or it just feels stiff, that is a red flag. You cannot afford to ignore these symptoms, as those warning signs can become your next injury. Use a foam roller, tennis ball or a passive stretch to manage the tightness or symptoms so that your chance of developing an injury is drastically reduced.

 Our qualified consultants can conduct early intervention assessments to identify root causes and consult the client on injury prevention best practices (work readiness and work recovery methods). At Absolute Balance our aim is to help get organisations and their employees into good health and perform better at work and in their personal lives. Please refer to our website for a list of our services or email us at book a consultation with one of our Exercise Physiologists.

Luke Bell

B.Sc. – Exercise Science & Rehabilitation

Exercise Consultant – Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)(ESSAM)