Athletes and Musicians
Conditioning for athletes for various sports or musicians for various instruments differs mainly in priorities given to certain body parts and performance requirements. In sports, shot putter would require a huge strengthening of the stabilizing muscles of the shoulder girdle such as the latissimus dorsi and serratus muscles. Football players and hockey players require considerable strengthening of the neck and back to help prevent catastrophic spinal cord injuries. Musicians might require more strength in the legs, lower back and neck, to be more resistant to the stresses of long held postures and repetitive playing, as well as the stresses of travel.
As an example, the needs for a tennis player would be to stabilize the joints usually under the most stress in tennis, with special atention on the wrist and elbow. The suggestions for workload conditioning would be tailored to the demands of tennis.
We would address the issues of balancing strength and how to strengthen the musculature. Remember, that strengthening the limb will take stress off of the connective tissue and transfer it to the muscles which are much better at handling the stress of motion. The listing of priorities for strengthening various muscles will usually provide for the most benefit for increased potential performance.
No matter the sport, musical instrument, or activity that you do, a program can be designed to meet your needs. The basic 5 to 10 exercises can get you started, and then more focus on the ones that will help you for your specific needs, and less on the ones you need less.
We'll go over all of this when we meet.
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