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The Truth About “Bulletproofing” Your Body and Injury-Prevention

The internet is filled with no shortage of hype and mythical-sounding claims.

“Bulletproof your knees!”

“Achieve your limitless strength”

What do these even mean anyway?

Bulletproofing, unbreakable, unstoppable, these words are thrown around so nonchalantly that you wonder what’s really going on behind the scenes.

So far I haven’t met a client who tried to shoot themselves in the ankle to really test if after some mobility work they were “bulletproof.” But I will say that I do get kind of fatigued around how casually these words get thrown around.

Can they really back these up?

Can someone really become maybe not bulletproof, but highly resistant to injury and free from aches and pains?

The answer we’ve found is… well, yes. Sort of.

It’s complicated.

You see, we can’t totally prevent injury from ever happening. We can’t bubble-wrap the entire world.

But here are some things we can do:

  1. We can improve your posture, alignment, and overall biomechanical efficiency. A body that is better stacked and being used with maximum efficiency will naturally be subject to less wear and tear. The less you’re stressing your tissues and compressing your joints, the less likely you are to develop overuse patterns and injuries.
  2. We can make you a more intelligent mover. In other words, we can improve your balance, your proprioception, and your overall body awareness. This means that your reaction time will improve, your ability to problem solve and deal with chaos from your environment will increase. While this doesn’t guarantee you won’t get hurt, it does mean you’re more likely to successfully deal with challenges without hurting yourself.
  3. We can increase your confidence in your body. The more positive experiences you have moving (the more “wins” you rack up) the more competence you’ll gain in your body. Competence leads to greater confidence. Think about a driver of a car that is awkward and second-guessing every maneuver vs. one that’s confident, calm and relaxed. Which do you think is more likely to get in an accident?
  4. Over time we can increase the load-bearing capacity of your tissues. Injury happens when load placed on your body’s tissues exceeds its bearing capacity. This often happens at end ranges and in positions we don’t often train for. By slowly dosing your muscles and joints with greater demands over time, and exposing your body to more novelty, we can decrease the likelihood of injury.

These are four of the ways we improve resiliency and adaptability in our clients. They are by no means exhaustive, but these are the biggest levers we’ve found that make the biggest difference.

You can think about it as the 80/20 of injury prevention.

You might not end up being able to walk through a field of flying bullets or swim through volcanoes unscathed, but you will certainly be stronger, more adaptable and more resilient from your hard work.

Are you looking to build a more resilient, injury-resistant body?

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Written by Jonathan Mead