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I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

Performance matrix screening

twiggyby twiggyJan 14th 2013
This weekend myself and some of the Triathlon Shop tri team were invited to The Physio Clinic Bristol in Little Stoke for a performance matrix screening. The idea of this was to identify and areas of strength or weakness within the body through a series of 10 tests that look at control, flexibility and strength. This enables the team at The Physio Clinic to identify areas that need to be worked on to prevent future injury.

A screening typically takes around 45 minutes and is usually done on a one on one basis. In our case there were 9 of us being assessed at once, so we were there for a few hours. This gave us more time to practice the various tests (not that this appeared to help me perform any better!) Before each test we were shown a video of the test to be performed and given pointers and a demo from Matt and Pete. After a few practice runs were were assessed on a number of criteria and given a score.

I knew I was going to find alot of the test very difficult as I had been given similar exercises by my physio for the very reason that I currently couldn't do them! It became very clear during the exercise that I have a weak and uncontrolled right side (which is why I have a knee injury), and it was quickly identified that I was not able to hold my pelvis in a neutral position as I was reminded a number of times by Matt during the exercises to realign my pelvis. I also have very little core strength. This was no surprise to me!
What did come as a surprise was the state that my shoulders are in. I had very little control of my shoulders and struggled to sit them in a neutral position.

What was interesting was that even the super fit/ mega strong athletes among us had obvious weaknesses that they could work on to improve performance and prevent injury.

After the session the scores from the tests are fed into some software that produces a print out that identifies all you strengths and weaknesses and areas that need action. I had many many areas that need immeadiate action.
It wasn't a shock to me that my body is in a bit of a state. I work in a job where I spend my entire day in either a car or sitting on a meeting room chair staring at a laptop. Having done this for a few years my entire body has given up trying!

I would recommend anyone giving this a go - especially if you are injury prone. Its not expensive and gives you real insight into what your body is doing. I know I have alot to work on, but I was happy to see that the test identified exactly the same issues that my physio has identified, and had I done this sceening before I got injured I would have probably been able to prevent it ever happening.

Its also worth mentioning that Matt and Pete are clearly experts in their field and make the whole experience enjoyable and informative.

Big thumbs up to the team up at The Physio Clinic!
  1. http://www.thephysioclinicbristol.co.uk/
  2. http://www.theperformancematrix.com/
 
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