How to Prevent Injury in Exercise Progression

June 26th, 2014

By: Pete Amos, Peninsula Pilates & Wellness

Many of us have encountered injury or pain while adhering to an exercise program.  A key factor in preventing injurys is posture alignment.  During exercise progression it becomes very easy to lose track of posture while you are pushing your body.  Nick Titley, an NPI- certified posture specialist says that “if you begin an exercise routine and have tight shoulder and rotator cuff muscles, you could be causing more harm in the long run if you decide to perform pushups.”  You may change your posture to adjust for the tight shoulders as a result of progressing to fast.  The key is to create an effective system of goals and evaluation.   Always use proper technique and posture.

I recently went through a slight foot injury caused by running on the treadmill.  I tried to push myself everyday and I ended up changing my posture to adjust for progressing too fast.  The pain was enough for me to stop running for two weeks, in the long run I lost all the progression I had made.  Take your time, wear proper equipment, and always watch your posture.

Sources:

Titley, Nick A. “Why Postural Alignment Is Important in Exercise Progression.”Why Postural Alignment Is Important in Exercise Progression. N.p., 6 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 June 2014

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