Flagstaff Sports Institute offers comprehensive six week neuromuscular training programs that combine elements of plyometrics, speed, agility, strength training, and flexibility. See Programs and Services tab for more information!
What is Neuromuscular Training?
Neuromuscular training is a supplemental training program that focuses on developing appropriate athletic and body movements to improve sport performance and prevent injuries. Muscle imbalances, improper movement mechanics, and poor conditioning are all factors that contribute to injury in sport. Neuromuscular training conducted by a qualified health-professional seeks to correct improper form and strengthen muscles to help prevent injury and subsequently increases athletic performance. Neuromuscular training involves strength and conditioning activities, resistance exercises, and dynamic stability work, with a strong focus on core, plyometrics and agility, and proper jump landing technique and is typically conducted 2-3 times per week for 6 weeks.
The Benefits of Neuromuscular Training:
Research has shown that completion of a neuromuscular training program conducted by a certified healthcare professional for six-weeks may result in the following:
- Enhanced body movement mechanics
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved functional abilities
- Increased speed and agility
- Decreased risk of injury in sport
- Increased VO2 max and endurance
- Corrected muscular imbalances
Who Benefits from Neuromuscular Training?
The quick and easy answer is everyone can benefit from neuromuscular training! This type of training teaches individuals proper movement patterns and strengthens muscles around commonly injured joints. In addition to this, individuals who complete the program improve in measures of athletic performance including vertical jump, speed, and agility.
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