Connective tissues are important in sports medicine, as they are often the weakest link in the loading chains of sports-associated overload injuries. Now research has shown that the majority of sports-associated injuries were in the fibrous collagenous connective tissue, and that there is a need to focus training on increasing the resilience of these tissues.
Robert Schleip further discusses the latest finding which contradicts the assumption that focusing on muscle strength is enough and that connective tissues don’t need special attention. Research has shown that the elastic recoil capacity of connective tissues is important in sports medicine, particularly in elastic recoil motions. This is now a major focus in sports medicine, with an emphasis on high storage capacity in fascial systems.
The webinar also discusses the shift in thinking in sports medicine over the last few decades regarding stretching and its effects on athletic performance and injury prevention.
Robert also shares a training protocol via loading for increasing collagen synthesis in tendons, specifically the Achilles and patellar tendons.
Finally Robert discussses different ways that muscles and connective tissue (fascia) interact to create movement, and how different types of exercise and sports can target these interactions.
Length of webinar: 1 hour and 20 minutes