Is The Muscular System Solution your answer?
- Do you have a dominate side with muscular imbalances?
- Are you looking to bridge the gap between left and right side muscular performance?
- Are you looking for a way to eliminate your compensations?
- Are you dealing with repetitive injuries on one specific side?
What is muscular Imbalances?
Imagine a baseball team with six players instead of nine. Those six players will be overworked, exhausted and not as effect as they would be if all nine showed up. This is similar to a muscular imbalance. You need ALL your muscles to be firing on all cylinders to avoid overuse and injury, and to increase performance and timing.
Why is it important to have bilateral strength?
The first symptom with muscular imbalances is losing range of motion (ROM) in joints between left and right side. The lack of equal output will quickly follow. Losing ROM is when one side is able to move better than the other side. When someone has muscular imbalances it can be easily missed from normal day to day activities, but in sports it's essential to have equal bilateral strength. If you aren't able to push off or turn as strong on one side as the other, you are susceptible to injury due to overuse. This can affect confidence and lack of recovery. Eliminating muscular imbalances allow your muscles to have equal tolerance and ability when needed. Your overall performance will improve.
What's the difference between Unilateral vs Bilateral sports?
There are two types of sports: Unilateral (one-side dominate) vs. Bilateral (both sides are needed equally)
Great examples of unilateral sports are baseball, softball, and golf. These athletes will dominate one side of their body. Right-handed individuals will have more control and power when throwing a ball, swing a bat/club, and feel more comfortable relying on their right side. If a player is left handed they will feel more confident and have more control and power their left side.
Great examples of bilateral sports are basketball, water polo, track, and hockey. These athletes will have a preferred side, but will depend on both sides to react. Activities range from dribbling a basketball and controlling a puck with both hands, cutting left and right, throwing a ball into a net, or driving both legs across the finish line. These activities will draw out the muscular imbalances very quickly.
Muscular problems when playing a unilateral vs a bilateral sport
Muscle problems in unilateral sports will occur from repetitive force on the body into one direction. This will lead to over stress on a specific set of muscles resulting in trauma. If the muscular imbalances aren't addressed this can lead to joint break down and possibly season ending surgery. Rotator cuff issues, back or hip tightness, ACL and Tommy John Surgery are great examples.
Muscle problems in bilateral sports usually comes down to timing. Since the body is demanding both sides to perform equally, more stress will be put on the muscular system. The problem occurs when one side isn't able to keep up with the other side. Over time an athlete will end up favoring one side, which will lead to a large muscular deficiency between sides. This is a form of muscular compensation that can leave an athlete vulnerable. For instance, if a basketball player favors one side, the opponent will guard the individual's strong side making them less effective.
Recovery is a major aspect of any sport. When the muscular system breaks down and isn't able to repair itself between games, it's like a coach with only half a game plan. If your body is able to generate the same amount of muscular output from on both sides, then the body will have a higher tolerance and perform at a high level with less breakdown.
How can Muscular system solutions help?
MSS has a sport specific assessment process, based on which sport you play we have a detailed assessment to locate muscular imbalances and fix them to keep your body able to continue your sport. The longer you let these imbalances continue the strong side will get stronger and the weak side will get weaker.