Flexibility training is an integral part of conditioning for any sport. Optimum flexibility helps the athlete perform better and be more resilient to the physical demands of training and competition.
Range3D adds to cardiovascular and strength equipment, offering a standardised, reproducible, measurable regimen, such that the athletes are all able to perform the same stretching exercises in the same way. Range of motion can be monitored, to identify insufficient hip mobility or muscle imbalance.
The best place for static stretching is the gym, where the athlete will be warm and comfortable. Range3D can be used for a post-exercise cool-down or a dedicated session to improve range of motion. Static stretching aids recovery, allowing muscles to return to normal resting length. Range3D especially assists the user with maintaining position and control for the longer duration developmental stretch.
Certain sports involve rotational movements which require a large degree of flexibility in the shoulders, spine and hips. Hip rotation that is limited would put strain on other joints, above and below the hip. Using Range3D the athlete will detect any restriction and can stretch the medial and lateral rotator muscles accordingly.
Gymnasts and martial artists are examples of athletes who need a particularly high level of hip mobility. Range3D has been designed so that the leg supports can be moved beyond the normal ranges of motion, enabling the user to progress towards much greater flexibility.
Maintaining normal musculoskeletal function is essential for physical well-being and overall quality of life. However, this can’t be achieved only with cardiovascular and strength training – regular stretching exercises are necessary to retain joint range of motion.
Range3D encourages stretching by making it straightforward and rewarding, and caters for all fitness levels by providing the stability and control needed to perform the exercises properly. Users will benefit from a routine that is aimed at helping them stay active.
Targets the hip joint
A fully mobile hip means that the forces on the joint surfaces should be distributed evenly, and enables the dynamic exercises which promote blood supply to the joint. As the hip is the link between the lower body and the trunk, preventing muscles which cross the joint from shortening contributes to the correct biomechanical function of the legs and spine.
Gives important feedback
Measuring range of motion allows the user to see where flexibility may have to be improved. This is especially helpful for those beginning a new activity, and who suffer problems caused by inflexibility of the hip and thigh muscles. Regular exercisers can monitor their range of motion values just as they would any other fitness-related metric.
Restoring range of motion after injury or surgery is one of the goals of orthopaedic rehabilitation, and this often starts with passive static stretching. Range3D is an ideal addition to rehabilitation equipment in the gym, for improving and measuring musculoskeletal function.
There is easy access from a sitting position, the whole body is supported and stabilised, and the exercises are safe, controlled and effective. A complete stretching routine for the hip muscle groups is available such that the patient doesn’t have to transfer between equipment. The patient should quickly become familiar with using Range3D and be able to perform the exercises without supervision.
All the exercises start from neutral, making progression possible even in cases where the range of motion is significantly reduced. The patient has full control of the movement and will be able to stretch within the limits of pain.
The therapist can switch off the ratchets to employ other rehabilitation techniques, such as PNF stretching and assisted/active range of motion exercises, which are aided by the patient already being in a stable position.
The leg supports move in the planes used for a standard physical examination of the hip. Accurate range of motion measurement helps with monitoring progress and can confirm that normal mobility has been restored.