SPORTS SCIENCE LAB
Sports Physiology & Biomarkers
All energy originates as light from the sun. This energy, derived from light is stored as carbohydrates, fats or proteins in the food we eat. Various metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems are in place to provide a continuous supply of energy needed for exercise and various activities. Understanding how efficiently this energy gets utilized during muscle contraction and exercise, will give us the competitive edge in sports.
Human body constantly produces clues in the form of biomarkers, which are pieces of internal data that can be measured in blood, saliva or urine that helps us understand our body like never before. These biomarkers or biological markers give us endless stream of numbers which not only provide actionable insights into exercise and sports but also help us unlock secrets to improve performance and prevent injuries in sports. Tapping into this internal data will help get the most out of our training and transform an average athlete into champion.
Biomechanical Assessment & Technique Analysis
Biomechanical assessment is a comprehensive assessment of the structure, alignment and function of our body that helps identify abnormalities, dysfunction and compensations taking place during activities. Sports biomechanics involves analyzing a sport skill into its basic movements to help make a better athlete i.e. more stronger, faster, more stable, and more efficient. Accurate assessment of sport specific actions (e.g. landing and cutting) and evaluating joint angles, body positions, speeds and energy transfer during sports, is the key to understanding the cause of both acute injury and overuse injury.
Slow motion video gait analysis provides evidence-based diagnostic data and enables us to formulate effective treatment strategies that are tailored to the needs of the patient.. It not only helps in skill enhancement and risk of injury assessment but also guide athletes regarding return to sports assessment and injury risk assessment for athletes focuses on improvement of sports performance. Biomechanical assessment and video analysis adds another dimension to sports skills and provides an extra edge to achieve superior results
Assessment Treatment & Prevention of Sports Injuries
Sport and injury go hand-in-hand and the only way to avoid a sports injury is not to play sports at all. Sport injuries incurs huge costs and can be career ending, therefore avoiding injuries and remaining healthy is the key to the success of any team or an individual athlete. Proper clinical evaluation and functional assessment of muscles is mandatory in prevention of injuries. Technology has revolutionized injury prediction, risk factor assessment and injury treatment in the recent past. Newer diagnostic modalities and latest treatment techniques including biological treatment methods help preserve joints and provide athletes with new hope and help them for ‘safer’,’ sooner’ and ‘surer’ return to professional sports
Nutrigenomics & Sports DNA Testing
Our genes are made up of tiny blueprints called as DNA which hold the key to unlock our body secrets. Continuous research into the connection between genes and sports has made it possible to know what sports one might naturally excel in or which diet suits our body and helps us recover fast or predict and discover our weaknesses associated with sports performance. Our genetic makeup may be the reason why some athletes are more likely to get hurt. Structural differences in ligaments and bones may leave these structures weaker or unable to repair themselves properly after injury.
Similarly, nutrigenomics allows us to understand how our genes affect the way we respond to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume. It also tells us how an athlete’s genetic makeup affects the way they absorb, metabolize, and utilize nutrients, and how the interaction between genes and diet can influence their health and performance. Genetic information is an effective tool to help athletes make the best and personalized dietary choices.
It is good to know what we are made of. This empowers us to improve our sports and mental performance, help make healthy changes in our lifestyle and even get rid of problems that have held us back before.