- Athletes require flexibility to effectively execute movements specific to their sport.
- Flexibility and a properly warmed up network of fascia/muscle and joints are key to injury prevention and maximizing sports performance.
- Fascia plays a major role in flexibility. Roughly 40% of flexibility or resistance to movement is contained in the fascia and muscle.
- The FST system creates space in the joint capsules unlocking another 40 - 50% of a joint's flexibility potential.
2 Major Applications of FST for Athletes
Pre-competition or Training
- This FST routine is faster in rhythm and is designed to warm up the connective tissue and prepare the athlete to move effectively in the planes of movement specific to their sport.
- This routine lasts 3-5 minutes and is done immediately before competition or training.
Post-competition or Training
- Table-based FST is conducted at a much slower tempo and is geared towards making lasting gains in plastic flexibility of tissue.
- This routine lasts 1 hour and is done after competition or training when the body is warm, increasing the effectiveness of a deep, sustained stretch.
- Sport specific movement magnified by repetition from training and competition tends to bring the body out of balance. This can be good for a specific sport, but not at all beneficial for everyday life and maintenance of optimal posture. Over time, if untreated, muscular imbalance and poor posture can lead to muscle pain and discomfort. Muscular imbalances can also cause joint pain.
- Examples of sport specific tightness include: hip flexor tightness in runners, or tightness of the chest and shoulders in boxers.
- Our FST sessions are focused on assessing imbalances and working towards helping the body regain muscular balance by stretching hypo-mobile (tight) areas of the body. FST can also help improve the health of the connective tissue surrounding muscles, joints, and tendons and facilitate blood flow to reduce inflammation.