Are you constantly on the look for new prehab and rehab methods to keep you held together for your sport?

Here's a little story for you from a book called "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek:

"A group of American car executives who went to Japan to see a Japanese assembly line. At the end of the line, the doors were put on the hinges, the same as in America. But something was missing. In the United States, a line worker would take a rubber mallet and tap the edges of the door to ensure that it fit perfectly. In Japan, that job didn't seem to exist. Confused, the American auto executives asked at what point they made sure the door fit perfectly. Their Japanese guide looked at them and smiled sheepishly. "We make sure it fits when we design it."

Rehab methods are mallets. Lots of prehab methods are too.

Training while designed for the purpose of helping you do cooler shit than you already can do first and foremost must have the intention of keeping you in the game. To nick that old National Lottery slogan, "You gotta be in it to win it."

Your process of training needs some loving scrutinisation if you're having to constantly tap your edges.

The activities you chose to do are an integral part of this. There are some activities and exercises that you want to avoid like that guy following you down a dark alley at night wearing a hockey mask. They will end you.

How hard you go about doing them (I wrote a piece on training frequency and intensity recently) will also play significantly in your sporting health and availability. There is also a much deeper component in your training that would make your whole process more efficient and effective so you don't have to have the rescue mallet at hand:

HOW you perform all of the movements you do in your training. This is the process underneath all of the other processes.

Instead of the rescue mallet approach of trying to do some "good movements" to compensate for training full of quality-less movement mindlessly ground out to hit tonnage and mileage goals, how about building training that is full of good movement so there is nothing to compensate for or correct?

Sometimes, the best use of mallet is to tear your training to pieces to build a better programme.


Arton "Hammer Time" Baleci
Float Sting - Sports Injury and Performance Clinic, Harley Street, London W1

P.S. Can't touch this