Treating hypertonic muscles in athletes is a vital step in helping to avoid the development of trigger points
The demands that an athlete puts on his or her body during the endless hours of training and competing can lead to whole range of "hidden" dangers, none more so than the ongoing hypertonicity that builds up in their muscles.
This hypertonicity can become excessive, rendering stretching a non-therapeutic activity, and if left untreated can become the perfect breeding ground for trigger points to develop.
In todays video blog, Stuart Hinds gives an insight into the care required to treat hypertonicity in a 400m runner who trains daily to improve the explosive power of the gastrocnemius and the endurance of the soleus.
Stuart Hinds is a Team NAT lecturer and has been a soft tissue therapist for the Australian Olympic Team since Sydney 2000.
Tess Kirsopp-Cole is Australia's current U18 National 400 meter Champion
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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