Over the past decade the influence of medicine in sport has grown tremendously. Now more than ever problems are being defined and treated as medical conditions and viewed through the eyes of doctors. The problem is that no one area has all the answers in sport. As each silo grows closer, it becomes harder for different specialists to work together and profit from each others knowledge. On this episode of the GAINcast we take a look at the medicalization of sport and discuss better ways to address the problems this approach has been trying to solve.
In discussing the medicalization of sport, we dove into several different topics including the “silofication” of sport, the integration of injury prevention work into everyday training, the continuous need for remedial work, physical literacy, how to get the most out of specialists, and more.Let's break down these the silos, respect each other's expertise, and open lines of communication. Click To Tweet It's not about one exercise, it's about getting the performance team looking through the same lens. Click To Tweet Sometimes we are afraid to go back to the basics with elite athletes. @coachgambetta Click To Tweet Don't just tick the box on the basics and move on. Physical literacy is ongoing. @coachgambetta Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- This topic relates to part of our discussion last week with Dave Tenney about the silofication of sport.
- For more on injury prevent, listen to GAINcast 6. Injury prevention should be embedded in normal training and defined by the needs of the sport which we discussed on GAINcast 17.
- For more on movement screens, you can listen to HMMR Podcast Episode 32 with leading athletic trainer and GAIN faculty member Randy Ballard. Vern has also written about his thoughts on FMS.
- Another article referenced in this episode is the recent “Monitoring Athlete Training Loads: Consensus Statement.”