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SPORTS CONDITIONING SERIES SERIES


Run 3D operates what it says is the UK’s first 3D motion analysis service


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POWER OF PREHAB N


ot so long ago, a whistle- stop tour of the facilities and an induction constituted the standard welcome for


a new gym member. But increasingly clubs are recognising that more can be done to set new joiners off on the right foot. One of the buzzwords is ‘prehab’ – assessing and addressing an exerciser’s likely limitations in relation to their goal, with injury prevention in mind. “Before starting exercise, people are


often advised to see their GP,” says Michael Goulden, director of Integra, an independent gym based in east London.


“The doctor will generally check their heart, blood pressure and weight,


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Sam Murphy reports on the value of pre-exercise assessment, not only to prevent injury among elite athletes, but to help members stick to their programme and feel looked after


but seldom looks at joint health and musculoskeletal factors.” Integra uses ‘Muscle Activation


Technique’ (MAT), a method of testing and then restoring an individual’s ability to develop effi cient muscle contraction around each joint, before prescribing an appropriate exercise programme. Created by American strength and conditioning specialist Greg Roskopf, MAT is currently available at just a handful of centres in the UK. “We use MAT to set up every client


with a solid base on which to build,” explains Goulden. “It helps prepare them for sport or exercise and get better results.”


KEEPING MEMBERS MOVING Recent industry figures on retention show that just 52 per cent of people maintain their gym membership for 12 months. Fewer than a quarter maintain it for one or two years. The reasons are manifold, but it’s likely that at least some of those abandoning the gym have been laid low by injuries. Or, says Gareth Cole – head of education at The Third Space, a health club operator with two central London sites – because they aren’t getting the benefits they expected. The Third Space launched its


screening service ‘Prehab, Rehab, Performance’ (PRP) last year. “It’s designed to assess readiness for the task


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