AWAY FROM THE TRACK: THE BOOMERANG CYCLE
The Boomerang Cycle is a four-step process: Benchmark, Analyse, Execute, Repeat. We believe that by following these steps, your fitness training will be more relevant, more focused and more effective.
We measure the following benchmarks as a foundation to develop a full profile of a person’s health and fitness. These are baseline variables that are relevant across multiple sports and can be assessed at any sporting location.
■ Resting heart rate
■ Blood pressure
■ Lung function
■ Body composition
■ Core strength
■ Grip strength
■ Cholesterol levels
■ Blood glucose
We use the BioCOM real-time physiological analysis system to show exactly what a person is experiencing during competition. As well as using this data to shape individual fitness programmes, we also use it to assist teams in making strategic decisions in a race situation. The system provides the following physiological data for comprehensive performance analysis:
■ Heart rate
■ Breathing rate
■ Breathing wave
■ Core body temperature
■ Postural analysis
■ G-forces on the driver
■ Blood glucose levels
Based on the data collected at the Benchmark and Analyse stages, decisions can then be made on how best to design a person’s training programme. Corrective exercise, sports therapy, and other factors may need to be considered at this stage to have a positive effect on performance.
The frequency, intensity, and mode of sporting preparation changes over the course of a season, so we recommend that the Boomerang Cycle should be repeated pre-season, during the build-up to major competitive events, as well as during events as required.
As well as focusing on physical training and refining skill-sets, it is also essential for athletes to manage their recovery.
After putting in blood, sweat and tears on the training field, it makes sense that on competition day, an athlete feels as fresh and prepared as possible. Sports massage therapy plays an important role in feeling ready, especially during the tapering phase in the build-up to competition.
Sports massage therapy has multiple physical benefits, including:
■ Pain reduction, through the removal of waste products within the muscle cells
■ Improved oxygen, nutrient delivery and absorption through blood vessel dilation
■ Improvement with postural issues and muscle imbalances by improving tissue elasticity and stretching the muscle fibres
Collectively these effects help reduce the athlete’s overall risk of muscular injury. Sports massage therapy can also have psychological benefits for the athlete. Treatment helps achieve a state of relaxation through improved circulation and oxygen delivery to the muscle cells. This combination of muscle relaxation and the release of endorphin chemicals in the bloodstream can also help with anxiety reduction.
Contact the Boomerang Pro Fitness team to book your first sports massage therapy session and maximise your sporting preparation.