Osteology and Equestrian Sports: A Flawless Combination

There is no kinetic ballet dance more beautiful for humans and animals than the equestrian sport. From jumping to dressage: The elegance of jockeys and amazon-controlled horses is often a feast for the eyes. But behind the grace of culling, there is an extensive process of keeping not only the animal but also the human in good condition. There an orthopedic specialist can play an important role in getting riders in top condition for optimal performance.

A good horse does not make a good rider

It’s no surprise that equestrian sports focus heavily on getting horses to perform at their best. Therefore, a wide network of specialists, infrastructure, materials and modern technologies are at the service of high performance in full. However, this is only part of the puzzle. Because of riders It also plays an important role. Briefing them with professionals is vital to complete a flawless dressage test or obstacle course.

central is The bond between horse and rider† The better the animal feels it, the faster the horse will react, the better the execution. It is a subtle game of sensation, sense and perception. The rider and the horse must fully understand each other if the tandem is to be successful.

But when this symbiosis is not optimal, errors occur. Small puzzle pieces that don’t fit perfectly cause problems. Such as biomechanical or biochemical defects ranging from back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headache, dizziness, nausea or other digestive problems. But emotional or psychological aspects also play a role. rider from Physically and mentally 100% in order He, sits well in the saddle and performs better. Just like in many other sports, it is thus a combination of factors that must be right to make a difference.

Passenger complaints and injuries

Complaints that a passenger can often encounter are micro elements Sometimes unconsciously affecting performance. For example, if the rider has less control over one of his legs and has the feeling that the stirrups are not equal in length, he is less able to control the horse. Back complaints are frequent in riders, often as a result of a blockage in the pelvis, so they will immediately feel less satisfied with the animal. Or just think of the shoulder problems that can appear with heavy arms. This in turn results in less bridle control. Each of these parts relates to a complex radar work to perform. So the body must be in order from head to toe.

Orthopedic Specialist: Leap Towards Success!

In equestrian sports, an orthopedist can certainly be an aid to guide riders to better results. They have a rich arsenal of treatment methods to bring the rider’s body into balance. From preventative checkups to avoid problems to treating injuries for a smooth recovery.

The body is in balance, with a properly functioning involuntary nervous system, ensuring this Better focus and concentration† We often underestimate how difficult it is for a rider to maintain control until the end during showjumping and dressage. Riders often say focus was better after orthodontic treatment. This translates to better estimates of, for example, distances or jumps. But also in a more seamless connection with the animal via subtle cues. It’s all about sharpness in order to be able to make the right decisions and make a decision at any time. Put all of these together and you will get better performance.

An orthopedist will always look for Wave from complaining. Why does the problem arise and what is behind it? A range of potential factors can cause a complaint. For example, a pelvic obstruction can be the result of stress in the digestive system. An injury that has been incurred previously and has not fully healed can play a role in the complaints. It is the orthopedist’s job to look for and treat loss of movement in a targeted manner.

Sometimes a fall from the past may not appear until years later and express itself as a functional complaint. Orthopedists take post-traumatic agents with them, as they cause loss of focus, lack of focus, dizziness, and more. In short: it disrupts the control of the rider’s musculoskeletal system. Ironically, this could be the cause of another downfall.

Quickly in the saddle thanks to the orthopedist

I’ve had support from an orthopedist since the beginning of my career: the treatments help me maintain my flexibility.

We work with animals and living creatures and it is imperative that you sit relaxed on your horse and move freely as a rider. You must feel your horse! If my hip is stuck, I don’t feel immune either.

I noticed that thanks to the orthotic sessions, there is peace in my system, so that I can focus better during daily competitions and worries. A weekly orthopedic examination puts my body and mind in balance and this is essential to perform at the highest level.

I can also go to an orthopedist in case of injury, he makes sure I get back on my horse quickly or I can go to the right doctors if needed.

As far as I’m concerned, every rider (amateur, professional athlete or young talent) is advised to visit an orthopedic regularly. This makes those seemingly impossible obstacles or tests a lot easier.

Karel Cox International Show Jumping & Former Belgian Champion

Both Before, during and after the match Can an orthopedic doctor make the difference for a rider? There is, of course, the precautionary aspect first. Orthopedists look for and treat the defect to rule out problems. The therapeutic aspect is there to help recover from complaints and injuries more quickly after performance. But also at the highest level during competitions, right before or after a performance, an orthopedist can contribute to balancing humans and animals.

Links in a multidisciplinary approach

An orthopedist will also take care of mental and psychological aspects. Because it also has an effect on the athlete’s body. For example, stress, pressure to perform, and sometimes even fears can have an impact on physical performance. The orthopedist will take these signals into account and forward them to specialists when necessary. He will never work in isolation, but will gladly rely on shared experience.

Because sports doctors, physical therapists, and personal trainers are also part of the story. An orthopedic doctor often consults with them closely Total image to guard. In fact, your vet, equine orthotist or equine physical therapist can also be involved in the consultation. This way orthopedists better understand the interaction between the rider and the horse. It also helps to discover how a rider’s problem can affect a horse and vice versa. This dialogue in both directions enriches and enhances performance.

Perfect body cycle

Whether it’s for recreational riders or professional athletes, an orthotic keeps them firmly in the saddle, from the ground up. He or she uses preventative checks to find out where potential problems may arise. The orthopedist also removes hurdles to get riders in optimal shape before competitions. And if injuries arise, an orthopedic specialist will help the rider have a smooth recovery. In short: The orthopedist is there with the advice and action to help the rider smoothly overcome obstacles, alongside the competition arena as well.

Source: Osteopath Flanders – Raf Crijns (Osteopath DO)

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