In this infographic we detail the characteristics that you must take into account when trying to apply optimal loading principles in your practice. It is also important to consider what suboptimal loading is.
These characteristics are…
- Directed to appropriate tissues.
- Loading through functional ranges.
- Appropriate blend of compressive, tensile and shear loading.
- Variability in magnitude, direction, duration and intensity.
- Includes neural overload.
- Tailored to individual characteristics.
- Non-specific generalised loading.
- Loading through limited ranges of motion.
- Loading exclusively in a single manner.
- Constant, unidirectional load.
- Minimum neural stimulus.
- Generic, non-individualised.
- Non-functional, isolated segmental loading.
– Glasgow, P., Phillips, N., & Bleakley, C. (2015). Optimal loading: Key variables and mechanisms. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 0(0), 1-2. Doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094443