Optimize Performance Through Mobility Training – Functional Range Conditioning®
Do you have the required range of motion to not only maximize your performance in training and competition, but properly recover in between sessions, WHILE avoiding injury? Unfortunately, most of us don’t – we will find the range elsewhere by compensating. Whether it’s through our knee for poor ankle or hip mobility, our spine for poor hip or shoulder mobility, or our erector spinae and hip flexors for poor deep core control. Our body is excellent at finding the path of least resistance, and although that may be negligible in the short-term, it can lead to plateaus in performance, or injury.
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) is a comprehensive joint training system that focuses on 3 goals to maximize performance and mitigate injury risk:
- Mobility Development
- Mobility refers to the amount of active, usable motion that one possesses. The more mobile a person is, the more they are able to maximize their movement potential safely, efficiently, and effectively.
- Joint Strength/Articular Resilience
- While improving mobility and movement potential, the FRC® system also acts to ‘bullet proof’ (or safe-guard) your joints so that movement can be executed safely.
- Body (Neurological) Control
- Training with FRC® improves the function of your nervous system. This leads to a reduction of pain and injury, joint health and longevity, as well as an increased ability to move freely and easily.
What can FRC® do for you?
Injury Mitigation: The easiest way to describe injury is when the load placed on a tissue is greater than load-bearing capacity of said tissue (i.e. how much load said tissue can absorb). With FRC® we aim to increase the amount of load your tissues can tolerate in the ranges of motion you are most likely to get injured in (usually end ranges) so that when your put in the position of high stress or injury risk, you decrease the severity of damage to that tissue, or maybe even avoid damage altogether.
Performance Enhancement: By increasing the capacity of your joints, you will not only unlock your movement potential through those specific joints, but you will improve how your body functions as a unit. With less compensatory patterns, your body will achieve more optimal transfer of force.
Long-Term Health: If you don’t use it, you lose it. We’ve all heard this before but how true it is for our joints! Tissue quality, length, strength, etc. adapts to the specific forces you put on it. If you don’t train a joint to control a specific range of motion it won’t. If you don’t take your joints through their full range of motion regularly, you will notice the range you can access will decrease over time. We are born with the mobility we need to achieve human performance, however our activities and environment often dictate how our body adapts, and usually it’s not in our best interest. By regularly moving through full rotational range of motion, and strengthening end ranges we will increase our joint resilience and improve blood flow and joint lubrication, all important for fighting joint-related conditions such as arthritis, adhesive capsulitis, osteoporosis and more.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Functional Range Conditioning® can help you in your training, contact us! Sarah is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist who is certified in Functional Range Conditioning® and Functional Release® and can set up individual or small group sessions depending on your needs!