THE SCIENCE BEHIND BAYOU BAND
THE STANDARD OF ATHLETIC TRAINING AND RECOVERY
physiological training benefits worth YOUR ATTENTION
JOINT MOBILITY AND STABILITY
Joint mobility is defined as the degree to which a joint can move before being restricted by surrounding tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendons).
Joint stability is the ability to maintain control of a joints movement or position through the resistance of surrounding musculature tissues.
Mobility and stability are essential to the prevention of injuries and soreness, especially following the physical stresses athletes continuously put on their bodies.
One of the most common mistakes athletes make is in neglecting the development of strong joints. Like strength and explosiveness, mobility and stability must be trained and improved in order to prevent injury, keeping athletes on the field and out of the trainers room.
Muscle Hypertrophy is a natural physiological process in which the volume and growth of muscle cells is increased as a response to stress induced by exercise. There are two phases in the hypertrophy process.
Muscular stimulation occurs due to the continuous contraction of muscle fibers performing an athletic movement. Over the course of games, practices, and workouts, this repetitive contraction causes muscle fibers to break down and tighten up resulting in fatigue. Once the muscle fibers are damaged, the body naturally goes into repair mode.
During rest and recovery, the body repairs and increases the volume of broken down muscle fibers allowing you to become bigger, faster, and stronger.
MUSCLE RECRUITMENT AND ACTIVATION
Muscle Recruitment refers to the number of muscle fibers being engaged in an athletic movement. For example, if you had 1000 muscle fibers in your shoulder, and you are only engaging 500 of them to throw a baseball, you are performing at 50% muscle recruitment.
Repetitive use of muscles during the daily routines of athletes causes muscles to gradually get tighter and less mobile. As this process occurs, muscle fibers begin to contract less efficiently resulting in a decrease in muscle recruitment and a subsequent loss in strength.
Muscle Activation is a technique in which direct pressure into a muscle or joint forces the separation and loosening of inactive muscle fibers. By stimulating and breaking up tissue, the muscle is able to get back into its optimal state allowing for efficient muscle recruitment, and increased muscular endurance.