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Preventing sports injuries through movement assessment and corrective exercise

LONGVIEW (KYTX) -  The last thing any of us wants is an injury from working out, just when we're getting into the groove. 

It's not always an intense exercise that causes a sports injury, it can happen when you're least expecting it while you're out running, or even walking.  Here's the good news, researchers find strength training can reduce sports injuries by about 68%.

Athletic Performance Texas trains student athletes, professionals and people looking to up their fitness game.  The philosophy is preventing injuries through movement assessment and corrective exercise.

"It is a series of about 16 tests that we do to determine whether you have overactive muscles that are causing joints to go out of place, an improper movement pattern," says Josh Gonzalez, Master Trainer, Athletic Performance Texas.   

That assessment helps Josh Gonzalez and his team of athletic trainers put together the appropriate workout program for their clients.

"Everything I did hurt, walking running. Everything was grinding on my knee."

Cole Kendrick trains here with the Longview Baseball team.  Addressing his painful knee condition was a priority for him.

"We did a lot of stabilization things with Josh. We stabilized my squats. We didn't just lift. We did band work. From there, we worked on my running form and it made everything so much more smooth, less friction on my knee," says Cole Kendrick.

It's not a one size fits all approach to preventing injuries at Athletic Performance Texas.

"What I may do to fix your problems may hurt someone else. That is why the assessment is so important to get the right flexibility and strengthening program," says Gonzalez.

Josh says it's the yin and yang process at work in your body. If one muscle is too strong, there are a series of other muscles that need to balance out that body movement.

It was a home run for Cole.  "After coming here, I have gained ¾ of a second on my 40 time and lifting has come a lot easier," says Cole. And most importantly, Cole's pain is gone for his senior baseball season.

We don't all play baseball, but what we do everyday, can get the body out of balance.  That's why josh is such a big proponent of a movement assessment before you start a workout program that could end in an over-use injury.  

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