sit-upsPractitioner: Vicky Mynott

Title of course/Subject: UK Lower Limb Specialists

Date: 18th September 2015

Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Organiser: Health Education Seminars

Lecturers/Key note speakers: The Essential Components of Dynamic Joint Stability: Rehabilitation of the emergency response by Dr Claire Minshull PhD, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Fellow: University of Edinburgh; Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Our thoughts:

Claire has investigated the way that muscles respond to movement and linked this to the susceptibility to injury.

Our muscles have a normal movement process to which it responds to movement. This comprises of the muscle reacting to a movement to provide stability before the muscle produces the force of the movement, this should all happen in 200 mircoseconds.  Our reaction therefore, in an emergency response to a change in our joints activity rely on this process working optimally. If there is a delay in the preparative phase, which then prolongs the force required to adapt to a movement, there is more chance of sustaining an injury.

In order to address a slow reaction time the correct training is imperative.  It is important to train out of pain, either in a smaller range of movement or to work the muscle in a different way, for example when it is lengthening (eccentric) rather than when it is shortening (concentric). The correct training should improve the reaction time and therefore help to prevent injury or further injury.