Mechanical Stress and Injury

Jun 22, 2015

Are you giving your body time to adapt?  Many or most overuse injuries can be avoided by considering and planning time for adaptation of your body to the demands of the training regime. Whether it is running, tennis, soccer or working the mouse on your computer, our body needs mechanical stresses to adapt and improve, however, stressing the body past its point of adaptation may cause harm.

** Check out this helpful visual representation( below) on ‘QUANTIFYING MECHANICAL STRESSES’ taken from


Simply remember this visual representation and these simple rules to avoid unwanted and annoying injuries.

  •    avoid drastic changes in training load ( 10% rule)
  •    avoid doing multiple races or multiple high intensity sessions/games too close together (remember alternate high intensity with minimal to moderate intensity days)
  •    avoid major changes in equipment without time to adapt (new shoes, new racket, new cleats, etc)
  •    use cross training (training another sport/ activity) to recover and give the body time to adapt before stressing it again

**remember the body WILL adapt itself as long as you stress it appropriately

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