Guest post by Paige Smyth Oliver, Fullback for NSW Under 18 Indoor Hockey Team and general Sportsnut
The performance of an athlete ultimately comes down to the way their muscles function rather than the size of their muscles. Many people believe that having bigger muscles will result in a better performance. However, improved performance is the result of finding an optimum level of muscle balance and function.
Not only can muscle balance improve performance but it can also prevent injury. Muscle imbalances result from athletes wanting to strengthen a particular area.
A focus on a particular area often results in imbalances in bodies, which results in injuries to areas that are critical to an athlete’s performance, such as knees or backs.
Finding an optimum level muscle balance and function is absolutely crucial. Perfect muscle function leads to significant advantages as well as injury prevention, which has been demonstrated by the likes of Roger Federer and Usain Bolt.