When one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle, an athlete is nearly three times more likely to suffer an injury (Sports Journal, 1992). Did that get your attention? Good. An example of how a muscle imbalance is created, for instance, is if you do push-ups (chest) every day and never complete rows or pull-ups (back) you will more than likely have a much stronger chest compared to back. When this happens, the stronger muscles are forced to compensate for a lack of strength in the opposing muscles. This lack of strength will make your body more susceptible to injury.
How do we combat Muscle imbalances? First and foremost, we must assess your health and injury history. If you have sustained a significant injury to a joint or muscle, your muscles are likely to be weaker in that area. If we can identify this at the start, we’ll be able to give that area more attention until it has naturally caught up with the rest of your body.
Secondly, we look at what your body can and cannot do. We assess joint stability, range of motion and flexibility. And lastly, we complete a simple strength test that tells us where you are physically. All of these factors are important to screening a patient correctly for muscle imbalances.