Last week we discussed how prominent knee injuries are in ice hockey and what mechanisms typically result in specific structures being injured within the knee. Today we are going to cover 3 strategies that we implement when helping athletes to reduce the likelihood of knee injuries or when rehabbing current and/or pre-existing injuries.
Strength training is a vital component of athletic development. An appropriate training program not only enhances performance by increasing athletic characteristics such as power, strength, speed, endurance etc. but also allows an athlete to develop movement competency in a variety of positions leading to a more resilient and robust athlete. In addition to enhancing athletic qualities, resistance training is pivotal in reducing the likelihood of injury and can even help to accelerate the recovery process if an injury occurs. Below are 3 reasons why an injured athlete should not just “rest” but continue to strength train during the recovery process.