The Importance of Mobility Training for Athletes
Updated: Apr 22
Not a lot of people know what mobility means.
Most people know what flexibility is. If you can move your joints and muscles in a stiff-free and pain-free manner, then you can call yourself flexible. But believe it or not, barely anyone cares about mobility.
Mobility training, however, can carry immense benefits, especially to those who are active all the time. In this article, we shall explore what exactly mobility is and how it can benefit your training as an athlete.
What Is Mobility?
A lot of people confuse mobility with a range of motion. However, there is so much more to mobility than just… being able to move. In fact, mobility refers to the body’s capacity to move freely and easily. The key to this kind of movement is not just flexibility in the muscles but strength as well. In other words, if you can move quickly and painlessly by exerting strength in your muscles, then you can call yourself a mobile person.
Unfortunately, mobility training is often neglected by athletes. Most of them prefer resistance training or even cardio. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find an athlete that engages in mobility training regularly. But mobility training can have so many benefits that can take your performance to the next level.
Benefits of Mobility Training
This is the most significant benefit that you will notice once you begin mobility training. Mobility drills allow you to move quickly and easily without causing you any pain and discomfort. As a result, you will be at a reduced risk of injury, especially if you indulge in intense training sessions regularly.
Improves Form And Technique
As an athlete, you must be aware that exercising with bad form is almost as good as not exercising at all. In fact, bad form and technique can sometimes be worse, leading to pain and injury. Mobility training can significantly help you correct your form and technique. A higher range of motion will allow you to correctly perform all of your exercises so that you can get the maximum benefits from your workout.
Increases The Effectiveness Of Warm Up Sessions
How many of you are guilty of skipping your warm-up sessions? We get it, you want to get straight into your workout as soon as possible, but warms ups are crucial to preventing injury. And mobility training is the key to increasing the effectiveness of your warm-up sessions. Not only does it get your blood up and pumping in your veins, but it also helps to prepare your muscles and joints quicker than a regular warm-up session would.
Helps With Active Recovery
Mobility training is not just great for warm-up sessions but for cool-downs as well. Of course, you can perform some static stretches at the end of your workout, but adding in some mobility training can provide you with an excellent dynamic, active recovery session. Mobility drills help target more areas during your cool down and, therefore, increase your recovery sessions' effectiveness.
Reduces Stiffness In The Muscles
As an athlete, you would be engaging in some hard-core strength and resistance training. While this is essential for you to get fitter and stronger, intense strength training might lead to stiffness in your muscles.
This can greatly impact your performance out in the field. However, mobility training can vastly counter the effects of intense training sessions. It can help to reduce stiffness and increase your range of motions no matter how heavy you decide to lift in your training.
Improves Balance And Agility
Balance and agility out on the field can be a real game-changer. If you can move quickly whenever required, change directions easily, and maintain your balance no matter what comes your way, you will be able to take your performance to the next level. Thankfully, mobility training helps with all of these.
Mobility drills allow you to move quickly and easily on the field while providing you with enough base strength to remain balanced and in control at all times.
Mobility training in the form of yoga is not just excellent for your body but also for your mind. Athletes tend to face the stress and pressure of performance throughout their lives, which is why relieving stress is extremely important. This is where mobility training can be the answer to your problems.
Never underestimate the power of mobility. Adding in some mobility training drills such as bodyweight exercises, foam rolling, or even yoga can help you reap the benefits out on the field. So, what are you waiting for?
About The Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist & sports performance coach specializing in sport, athletic, back, and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD™. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury or sports performance and personal training, go to Back In Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy or BIM Fitness and Performance. https://backinmotionsspt.com/