Physiotherapy for CrossFit Athletes

How can Physiotherapy help CrossFit Athletes?

In CrossFit we spend a lot of time learning how to engage muscle groups, and hold muscles tight so that we are able to deadlift, clean, snatch and perform other olympic lifts safely and effectively.

There is a missing piece here, and that’s mobility. We spend so much time engaging and turning muscles off, and very little time relaxing our glutes, hamstrings and rotator cuff muscles.

Common injuries that CrossFit athletes face include:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis or tear
  • Long head of Biceps tendinitis, tendinosis or tear
  • Neck pain, headaches or migraines
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica

Here are some key stretches that can help increase range of motion, which can lead to big strength and power gains.

Downward Dog is a great stretch and yoga pose that will work mobility into your hamstrings, glutes, lumbar spine (low back), gastrocs (calves), and also create extension and mobility in your thoracic spine (upper back) and shoulders.

Pigeon Pose is typically a tough one for CrossFitters as we generally have strong and deeply engaged glutes. This is a great way to create more space in your hips.

 

Seated Twist

The seated twist is a great way for athletes to increase mobility of the thoracic spine or mid back

 

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