January 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm #13622
Hello gentlemen, Max had mentioned that some of us should wear our hat of our specific skillset, so I thought I would share some of my knowledge in an area which is important to all of you. Some of what I might say may be controversial in nature; it may also challenge your current view on PT. Firstly, my background is in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics. I currently work in the injury rehab field, specifically with high level athletes. I see injuries of all types, some require surgery, and some don’t. However, there is one common denominator across the board. An injury puts the athlete on the bench or worse, ends there career.
In a sports situation we are not talking life or death. However, in a TEOTWAWKI scenario or one from Patriot Dawn we are talking a whole different ball game. Take one resistance fighter and add any form of minor injury like an ankle sprain or a more serious injury like a connective tissue tear and you will usually find that person ending up dead at best, or burdensome to the team at worst.
Max teaches in his class excellent survival techniques to prevent immediate death on a battlefield, but the question that remains in my head is, “can we prevent self-inflicted injury on the battlefield?”. I can’t answer that. However, some of what I know might possibly transfer to your physical training which is designed prepare you for the battlefield and might help mitigate these sorts of “OH SHIT!!!” moments.
As the guy who has to put ‘humpty dumpty’ back together again on a daily basis, I have many frustrations. These frustrations usually occur with the Athletic Trainers and Coaches. There is a popular trend in the exercise world that encourages pain as an achievement,
and the most challenging is always the best.
Unfortunately this is what it has become, a sad show of…Cirque du Soleil and Ass Douchery, if I may. There one word I wish people could understand…OPTIMAL. This does not mean most or greatest. There is one phrase I wish they could understand, ‘goal of the exercise, (GOTE). Unfortunately, when dealing with training a high level athlete correctly and safely there is a ton of science involved and many factors and variables which need to be considered. Watching a youtube video doesn’t count for education either. In this thread I won’t be getting into any specifics those would require many hours of separate discussion, which I don’t have. However, I would like to pass on a few general nonspecific recommendations which I have seen help prevent injuries.
90%ish of soft tissue sports injuries(muscle strains, sprains, ligamentous tears, cartilage tears and other joint dysfunctions) have one underlying cause….Instability which leads to compensations and overtaxed areas of the body. What is even more interesting is that assuming one has not had any prior surgical intervention which has altered the structure of a joint or had any congenital defects, instability can be traced back to one source, excessive mechanical stress.
The human body is an intelligent and complex set of systems. These systems are excellent at dealing with stresses and adapting to manage these stresses the next time they are encountered. The musculoskeletal system is no different. However, there are certain limitations we need to understand. There is a threshold to every bone or muscle in the body. If OPTIMAL force is exerted into a tissue, the tissue grows stronger to manage that force better for the next time. But if excessive force is exerted on it, the tissue breaks down to a point where other surrounding tissues have to overwork for the deficit created. This is a dangerous spiral because now new otherwise healthy tissues are at risk for excessive stress and damage resulting in injury. Exercise is a stress, understanding the optimal stress on the system is critical. How do we know what optimal is? Unfortunately, it’s a catch 22. You will never know where optimal is until you have gone past it. By then it is potentially too late. There are a few oversimplified rules to help prevent this.
1. MICROPROGRESSION… This is the exact opposite of pushing the edge of the envelope. Treat your body with some sort of respect. Slowly, over a period of time add miles to your run, or resistance and reps to your exercise. One thing I have noticed about the patriot minded people who are out there is that they are on the wrong side of 30. This means your body is not like it used to be in your early 20s. The average age of a professional rugby or football player is 25. You are not, remember that.
2. REST… If you completed task #1 correctly and have given your tissues the OPTIMAL amount of stimulus, your body now will need plenty of rest. An extra hour of sleep a night will do wonders for growth if you are training appropriately. During sleep your body has a better ability at restoring damaged tissues and cells.
3. EAT MORE. For #2 to be a success you will need proper food. With increased exercise your body will need more nutrients than normal to repair these tissues that want to grow back stronger. Have you ever heard the term ‘pour on the coals’? Food is the coal for your locomotive. I will not get into nutrition as that is an entirely new can of worms to open. You can find many useful journals out there which can help guide you in this. Plain and simple, don’t eat shit. You all know what I mean.
4. Have a GOAL for each exercise in your session. If your goal is to be a circus freak. Be that guy in the picture above. Believe it or not, that ‘functional’ exercise crap(dude standing on ball and similar wankers found at your local gym) has never been proven to translate into a better functioning human. If anything, the risks outweigh its non-existent rewards. If your goal is to be a soldier, then train soldiering shit. One example of many, go for a trail jog, then appropriately MICROPROGRESS the variables(DURATION, RESISTANCE, INTENSITY)
If these four simple ideas are practiced diligently your chances of benching yourself before the bullets fly will decrease. Remember, your current physical condition did not get there overnight. Many nights of beer and pizza did. You will not be in the shape of a warrior tomorrow either, take your time. I know this may sound like a pussy approach to training. Unfortunately, I see the severe consequences of the other type of training on a daily basis and this happens to guys who are in their prime.
LEGAL British immigrant, who embraces the freedoms of the US Constitution and lives happily in good old South Carolina(one of the last free states).January 24, 2015 at 9:56 am #13625
Thanks for this Buddy, great post. Injury does no one any good. Sometimes it just happens, but you are right that there is a culture of ‘pain.’ Just look at crossfit! Also, from what I have seen, GoRuck seems to be in a similar vein. There is a trend to ‘militarize’ fitness with these ‘bootcamp’ style attitudes.
Now, of course, MVT is offering Tactical Fitness Training Plans. These are designed to build you up. Yes, they are designed to get you to a good level of tactical fitness, depending on the level you are training. For example, the advanced plans will culminate in you doing the ’10-Miler’ TAB in 1:50 with 30lb!
But, it’s the attitude that counts. MVT is of course very much ‘militarized fitness’ but we are professionals, and it is done in a scientific way to build you up and to avoid injury as much as possible. It’s not brainless ‘bootcamp’ style fitness, which is what I see from GoRuck et al.
We expect you to reach high standards, if you train up to the advanced level, but get there in a sensible manner, having worked hard but intelligently along the way.January 24, 2015 at 10:18 am #13626
Thanks for the reply Max. It sounds like you have it all taken care of. Let me know if I can help in any way.
LEGAL British immigrant, who embraces the freedoms of the US Constitution and lives happily in good old South Carolina(one of the last free states).January 24, 2015 at 10:32 am #13627
Where is your sports injury practice?January 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm #13631
LEGAL British immigrant, who embraces the freedoms of the US Constitution and lives happily in good old South Carolina(one of the last free states).January 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm #13632
Post it, if you want.
Plenty of MVT readers in NC!
MVT discount?January 25, 2015 at 8:24 am #13646
Sure thing, I am happy to work out a discount for MVT readers and, if anyone in my area is looking for treatment they can PM me and I can send them details.
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