Mobility & Flexibility Programmes
NMobility and Flexibility refer to the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints. When a sportsperson moves, two groups of muscles commence work, these groups being the agonistic muscles (i.e. those that cause the movement to take place) and the antagonistic muscles (i.e. those that oppose the movement and determine the amount of flexibility). Taking such into account, the objective of Mobility and Flexibility training is to improve the range of movement of the antagonistic muscles.
Improving one's Mobility and Flexibility not only develops a range of movement that allows for technical advancement and/or all-round superior performance in one's chosen sport, but also assists in the prevention of injury. Amongst the techniques Gold Standard's Performance Scientists execute to achieve such are Static, Ballistic, Dynamic, Active, Passive, Isometric and Assisted stretches. As part of their overall Mobility and Flexibility Programme, the practice also regularly use Video Analysis to deconstruct one's movement, filming sporting aspects such as one's stroke/swing, running, throwing, jumping and kicking style.
Appreciating that individual joints vary from one person to another, these plans are always individualised, keeping specific joint range of motions in mind. It is also worth noting that the practice specialise in Sport Podiatry, where they analyse the way an individual's foot strikes the ground whilst playing sports, and then evaluate its impact upon the other joints in his/her leg.