How to Prevent Spring Sports Injuries with Video 

Injuries are a part of the game, but with video you can catch the warn­ing signs ear­ly. Learn how. 

How to Prevent Spring Sports Injuries with Video 

Injuries are a part of the game, but with video you can catch the warn­ing signs ear­ly. Learn how. 

Whether throw­ing a base­ball, heav­ing a dis­cus or explod­ing out of the blocks, prop­er tech­nique is not only key to a sol­id per­for­mance, it can be the dif­fer­ence between good and harm­ful habits. 

In many cas­es, over­haul­ing your tech­nique in the mid­dle of the sea­son can be dif­fi­cult, and doesn’t always lead to imme­di­ate change. That’s why using ear­ly spring to devel­op good habits is so important. 

Video could be the main ingre­di­ent to mak­ing your spring a suc­cess, both in mas­ter­ing tech­nique and reduc­ing the risk of injury.

Use Video to Give Live Feedback

By using an app like Hudl Technique, you can use an iOS or Android device to record your ath­letes in prac­tice and pro­vide live feed­back. The app allows you to dis­sect move­ment in slow motion. The abil­i­ty to fine-tune an athlete’s form frame-by-frame can help you uncov­er areas for improvement. 

Consider the pitch­er in base­ball. Proper prona­tion of the throw­ing fore­arm is a dif­fi­cult tech­nique to teach. Too lit­tle or too much at var­i­ous stages of a pitcher’s deliv­ery can lead to arm prob­lems over time. Pronation can often be dif­fi­cult to spot at full speed; how­ev­er, the abil­i­ty to play it back at 18 speed can help uncov­er these tendencies.

Record Early and Often to Track Progress

I sug­gest record­ing every ath­lete from the very first prac­tice, and con­tin­u­ing that process every few days until the sea­son starts. This will help you get a base­line for tech­nique and track progress over time. Research tells us it takes weeks to change a habit — by hav­ing a video his­to­ry of every ath­lete, you’ll be able to con­firm that the prop­er changes are tak­ing place.

Minimize Downtime at Practice – Put All Those Devices to Good Use

No mat­ter the sport, coach­es are heav­i­ly out­num­bered by the amount of ath­letes on a team. For exam­ple, high school track coach­es often cov­er mul­ti­ple events, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to mon­i­tor every­thing hap­pen­ing at prac­tice – let alone record each of your ath­letes. But, I’m bet­ting most of those ath­letes have their own smart­phone because of course they do.

Put those devices to good use. Have them record each oth­er dur­ing prac­tice when not active­ly per­form­ing a drill or event. This frees you up to get hands-on with your coach­ing, it will also keep every­one engaged and min­i­mize the num­ber of peo­ple stand­ing around. When they record with Hudl Technique, ath­letes can share every rep with you, so you can review it all after prac­tice, ath­lete by athlete.

Double-Check Technique Throughout the Season

You put a lot of work into get­ting things right this spring. The last thing you want is for those efforts to fall flat come game time. Once the sea­son starts, it’s good to peri­od­i­cal­ly record each ath­lete at games, match­es and meets to keep them accountable.

Winning feels good, but at the end of the day, we want our ath­letes to build healthy habits. Video is sim­ply anoth­er impor­tant tool to help instill prop­er tech­nique and pro­tect against injury – the num­ber one pri­or­i­ty for every good coach.

See it in action.