To potentially prevent future injuries, you can use prehab exercises to bomb-proof your body. The overall goal of prehab exercises is to increase durability in your physical activities with better-quality movements, which will improve your performance and overall health.
How Prefab Exercises Help
As a planned part of your exercise routine, prehab exercises will help with mobility, activation, and stabilization:
- MOBILITY is the process of collectively improving your flexibility.
- ACTIVATION is the process of causing controlled contractions or trying to “turn on” specific underactivated muscle groups to fire.
- STABILIZATION is the process of generating coordination, or to control movement.
Videos of Prefab Exercises
The videos I’ve added are a few of my favorite routines to do with athletes before workouts begin. The goal is to strengthen and mobilize joints (such as shoulders, hips, knees, and elbows) as well as help practice movements you do during workouts and everyday life. Depending on your workout for the day, I’ve included samples of full-body, upper, and lower routines that I use with athletes regularly.
Full-Body Prehab Exercise Video
Upper-Body Prehab Exercise Video
Lower-Body Prehab Exercise Video
Practice is the key to all these prehab exercise movements. Work on the exercises that you find the most challenging and develop a body that will be mobile, strong, and stable for many workouts to come.
This blog was written by Michael Blume, MS, SCCC; Athletic Performance Coach. To learn more about the NIFS bloggers, click here.