New technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, are making their way into athletic training by introducing new ways of preventing injuries. Whether it’s through visualization or simulation, the goal is to make these technology-driven methods more accessible for trainers and athletes alike. These new tools can be used to prevent hip injuries in various sports targeting this area.
If you read our last article about the top five most common hockey injuries , you will know that groin strains are on the top of that list for a reason. They are extremely common and can be very challenging to recover from. But now you can use these three tips using latest technology to prevent hip strains and other types of hip injuries in your team or athlete:
Understanding The Risk Of Hip Injuries
There are many types of hip injuries, with some of the most common being hip flexor strains, adductor strains, psoas strains, iliotibial band (ITB) friction syndrome, and piriformis strains. Another common injury that does not affect the hip itself but can be caused by overuse of the hip muscles is iliotibial band friction syndrome. This is when the strap-like ligament that runs along the outer edge of the thigh gets too much pressure and irritation and causes inflammation.
In hockey, groin strains are a very common injury, especially among goaltenders, as they are constantly moving around in their crease. They are caused by overworking the muscles in the area and not giving them proper rest. If the team is not careful and stretches properly, they can easily create a muscle tear in the groin area due to the constant stopping, starting, and twisting that comes with being a goalie. Hip injuries can occur with other sports as well. The best way to prevent these injuries is to strengthen the muscles around the hip and groin areas by using exercises that focus on the core and glutes.
Virtual Reality For Prevention
VR has been a great tool for many industries for a long time now. It has been used for everything from training to marketing, and now it has found a new way to help athletes prevent injuries. In a research study conducted at the University of Calgary, VR was used to examine what muscles were being used while doing certain movements. The researchers found that VR technology can be used to detect risk factors of injuries by providing real-time feedback on muscle activation. This can help athletes avoid injuries such as hip and hamstring strains.
The technology can be used to show the athlete what muscles need more focus during training and what postures are best to avoid. This is particularly helpful for athletes who are competing on a team. They can train together and use the VR technology to make sure everyone is using the right muscles during their movements. VR also has the ability to create simulated environments. This can be a great way to practice common game situations like penalty shots without having to risk injury.
Strength And Conditioning With Robots
Robotics and athletic training go hand in hand in the medical field, but now they are making their way into sports. Robotic strength and conditioning machines are a new way to build strength and prevent injuries in athletes. These machines are designed to put the athlete in a safer position to prevent injuries and allow for more focused training. The robots use sensors to collect data about the athlete’s movements and then provide feedback to help them focus on doing the exercises correctly. This can be great for team sports because it can allow athletes to train at their own pace. For example, a hockey team traveling on a road trip can each have time on the robot machine while they are away from the rink. This gives them the opportunity to continue to build strength while not missing any practice time due to injury.
3D Printed Shoes For Prevention
The newest technology being used in athletic training and footwear design is 3D printing. This technology has been around for quite some time, but recently it has been applied to sports and athletic shoes. 3D printing allows footwear designers to create custom-made shoes that fit each athlete perfectly. The technology also allows athletic shoes to be created with certain features in mind. For example, athletes with plantar fasciitis can benefit from 3D printed shoes that have a softer sole. This feature can be created using 3D printing technology. 3D printed shoes can also be designed with an extra layer of support and cushioning in areas where athletes need it most. This is great for athletes who are at risk of developing knee or ankle injuries due to the surface they are playing on or the type of sport they play.
Hip injuries are very common in sports and can cause a lot more than just pain. They can greatly affect performance and can even lead to a career-ending injury. New technologies are being used in athletic training to prevent these injuries. These technologies include virtual reality, robotics, and 3D printing.