Dynamic Contraction Technique

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What is DCT?

Dynamic Contraction Technique (DCT) is a methodology that uses eccentric muscle contractions to breakdown scar tissue. Scar tissue is abnormal unions of connective tissue in the body that form after trauma and can affect skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Nic Bartolotta developed the technique based on the idea of muscle tension and strategies to reduce knots within the muscles. The goal of the DCT methodology is to reestablish muscle function and improve flexibility through lengthening the active muscle under a load which is called an eccentric muscle contraction. The idea is that the eccentric contraction helps pull apart some of those muscle fibers that become knotted together creating a “tight” muscle. DCT incorporates a balance of resistance stretching and strength training that combines principles from modalities across the world in order to improve performance, reduce injury risk, and improve quality of life conditions by establishing better muscle function and reducing chronic discomfort from tight muscles.

Why and When would you use DCT?

DCT can be used for anyone. Infinity Sports Institute will apply DCT techniques on a case by case basis following a consultation and/or an evaluation. The techniques are used routinely to address injuries and for developing performance programs based on the individual’s goal. The idea of DCT simply put is to strengthen the weak tissues and expand the strong tissue.  This happens by doing an eccentric muscle contraction, or by placing a load on a muscle that is being stretched and lengthened. An example of an eccentric contraction would be instead of performing a normal biceps curl up towards their chest, they slowly resist against the weight as it lowers back down away from their chest.

The Takeaway

Practitioners and clients using DCT’s methods are able to improve stability in the body, by improving movement and how the body is able to handle wear and tear. DCT’s methodology is a great resource to utilize when applied appropriately and correctly. If you have been having mobility issues and feeling tons of different knots then DCT might be for you.

Call Infinity Sports Institute now at (786)591-7586 to schedule a consultation or full functional evaluation with a professional to see if DCT techniques can help you!

Hydration & Neuromuscular Perfomance

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If you’re an athlete you probably have heard every now and then, “make sure you stay hydrated!” But what exactly does that mean? These days no matter who you are, there is a big trend about drinking enough water. It’s true, drinking enough water is very important when it comes to staying hydrated but being properly hydrated is so much more than just drinking tons of water. Whether you’re an athlete or soccer mom, it is important that we maintain a proper balance of electrolyte minerals and H2O in our body to maintain appropriate hydration. If you are lacking either electrolytes, fluids, or the right mix of both it can significantly affect your performance.

What Are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are micronutrients that ingest into the body from our diet. These micronutrients play a big role in assisting the “mind to muscle” connection. There are four main electrolytes that help the brain send a signal to each muscle telling it how to move.

  • Magnesium – This mineral interacts with motor proteins within the muscle fiber. At rest, magnesium helps the muscle stay in a relaxed state. When there becomes a shortage of magnesium, there is a likelihood of muscle cramping.
  • Calcium – When the brain sends a signal to the muscle to move, calcium is triggered into the muscle cell helping activate muscle contractions.
  • Sodium & Potassium – Both assist with nerve function. When the brain sends a signal through the nervous system to the muscle fiber to contract, sodium pumps into the cell and potassium has the opposite effect and filters out. When a muscle relaxes, these micronutrients perform the opposite action sometimes acting as a pump.

Dehydration

When you are dehydrated, your body lacks enough fluid to help transport these electrolytes to the cells of the muscle. Think of it like a city bus system. The kids are the electrolytes and the busses are water. The kids(electrolytes) are all standing around waiting for the bus(water) but the bus(water) never comes to take the kids(electrolyte) to school(muscle). If your body lacks enough water to properly transport the electrolytes this could significantly affect your performance and more importantly health, if this becomes chronic.

Over-Hydration (Hyponatremia)

            When you’re “over-hydrated” your body now lacks the right number of electrolytes compared to the amount of fluids within the body. The body now has enough water to transport these electrolytes to the muscle, but it does no good if there aren’t any electrolytes to transport. When the body is in a state of over-hydration, the nerves and muscle cells are not able to function properly which in turn will significantly hinder your performance.

Strategies for Proper Hydration

Proper Diet – The best way to get these micronutrients is making sure we are eating the right foods. Whole foods contain tons of micronutrients and it’s imperative to make sure we are getting plenty of these within are diet and staying away from processed items.

  • Magnesium: Greens, beans, nuts, whole grains
  • Sodium: Celery, tomatoes,
  • Potassium: Sweet Potatoes, Bananas
  • Calcium: Oranges, some leafy greens

Sole Water – Sole water, pronounced So-Lay, is water that has been infused with Himalayan pink salt. Sole water has the electrolytes needed as well as 80 plus other minerals that help the body function optimally. To make Sole water, take a mason jar and fill up 1/3 of the jar with Himalayan pink salt, fill the rest with water and let it sit over-night.

Purium Coco Hydrate– Coco Hydrate is a supplement from an organic whole food supplement line called Purium. Coco hydrate is filled with whole food ingredients that contain the much-needed electrolytes required to perform at a high level. All that is needed is a couple of scoops mixed in with your water and you’re off to the races.

We Can Help!

If you want help to be at the top of your game, book an appointment with our sports nutritionist at Infinity Sports Institute. Invest in being the best and let us help you reach the top of your game. Call (786)591-7586 or email us at info@infinitysi.com.

Infinity Sports and Dari Motion

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Biomechanics play an important role in health, wellness, workplace health and safety, performance and research of the body. You might be asking, what are “biomechanics”? Well, biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms.

As an active individual whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, fitness enthusiast, or your job is physically demanding; the study of your biomechanics can help solve issues that may or have already caused injury or pain.

What is DARI Motion

DARI Motion is a markerless motion capture system used to acquire the most precise, accurate and comprehensive biomechanics data in the industry. 

Due to its industry leading precision and accuracy the DARI Motion is able to track changes over time with sub-millimeter accuracy. This provides us with accurate information needed to make immediate, informed decisions to adjust and guarantee each rehab, performance or recovery program is meeting your exact needs and our expectations. 

The Dari Motion Tracks: 

  • 21 bone segments, nine joints, with six-degrees of freedom
  • Kinematics and kinetics in all planes
  • Range of motion
  • Joint torques
  • Internal/external rotation at the hip
  • Shoulder ab-duction
  • Anterior/posterior coronal deviation
  • Neuromuscular engagement, center of mass sway in all planes
  • All joints in space

DARI’s patented, 3rd-party validated kinetic capture collects kinetics without force plates. That means DARI can measure joint torques, ground reaction forces, and other force measurements without restricting the subject’s natural movement.

Why We Chose DARI Motion

Dari Motion is the Gold Standard and the most advanced, precise and accurate motion capture system. In order for us at Infinity Sports Institute to provide our athletes, patients, clients and members with the remarkable care, programs and outcomes we require industry leading technology and data.

The DARI Motion can be found at The Infinity Sports Institute Sports Science Lab, the only Sports Science Lab available to the public outside a University setting, in South Florida.

DARI Motion Accuracy

Most other markerless systems use a single consumer-grade depth camera originally developed for console gaming. These lack accuracy, capture a limited amount of the body, and can’t capture explosive, high-speed motions at their native 30 hz framerate.

Traditional motion labs require manual application of reflective markers on the body, causing up to 20% marker-placement error between sessions. Marker-based systems can not accurately track biomechanical data over time.

DARI uses eight high-speed cameras placed around the subject and a state-of-the-art computer-vision engine to collect whole-body data–including the fastest motions.

DARI Motion Speed

Marker-based motion analysis requires up to 45 minutes of marker placement for every session. Traditional marker-based analysis of a single human motion requires days of intensive data compiling and error-correction. By the time the data has been processed, the window of application will have passed. Therefor we will not have the chance to make accurate decisions on time. 

The DARI Motion has zero markers and zero set up time. A complete body motion analysis takes under 5 minutes allowing us to scan 50 – 100 individuals per day! The DARI takes thousands of data points comprising each motion and processes them in under a second, that’s what we call FAST

Knowledge is Potential Execution is Power

Quantification of data is useless if there is no action. The Dari Motion Provides easy-to-read reports, which our Performance and Sports Science Lab teams can explain to a 1stGrader! These reports allow us to take action steps to improving your health, performance and reducing your risk of injury. These reports include: 

  • Muscle-mapping and injury vulnerability 
  • Custom scoring and dynamic narratives 
  • Data integration with other devices
  • Custom exercise suggestions
  • Single and multiple motion reports

Who should take advantage of the DARI Motion System?

The Dari Motion is used for Wellness, Workplace health, Performance and Research. 

Fitness Enthusiast, Average Person

If you are trying to improve or maintain health as well as mitigate any risks for potential injury. 

Employers

The DARI Motion capture platform can perform a comprehensive biomechanical analysis in as little as five minutes allowing you to efficiently screen your entire employee population for Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk

Athletes and Team Organizations

DARI can collect objective, actionable biomechanical data on entire teams in a matter of hours giving athletes and training staffs the tools to transform their motion.

Competitive Athletes

Optimize Movement, Avoid Injury, Track Progress. As soon as an athlete steps out of the capture space, DARI delivers an easy-to-read report with actionable insights, allowing coaches and trainers to get to work immediately

Research Institutions

DARI’s robust motion capture allows research to be conducted on populations that are difficult to assess with traditional systems. The capture space can support implements, such as treadmills, stairs, cycles, and chairs, items that can be critical to research-specific assessments.  

About Infinity Sports Institute

At Infinity Sports Institute we are dedicated in Optimizing the Human Experience by using the best of sports science, sports medicine and technology. Through the “Gold Standard” in training, recovery, physical therapy and testing we look forward to helping you reach all your goals.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

IT Band and Knee Pain? Might be your Butt!

The Gluteus Maximus 

IT Band Issues, Low Back Pain, Hamstring Injuries, Knee Pain, Hip and Knee Injuries, Lack of Performance, Loss of Balance, Running Slow, or worse – Seeing NO Gains? Is this you? Read Below. 

 

The Glute. Max.

Is definitely a nice muscle to look at and one of the most powerful muscles we have. Unfortunately many of us suffer from “Glute Amnesia”, the lack of this muscle to actually work. In rehab & performance this is a topic that is touched on quite a bit. If you’ve ever been to a good Therapist, Strength and Conditioning coach, or Performance Specialist, we bet they have checked if those “awesome to look” at muscles are actually working.  

You’re probably wondering, “Are my Glutes. Working?”… Well Probably not. We know, we know, you lift like everyday, run and you where a high school all star. But before we try and prove each other wrong lets go over the Gluteus Maximus.  

Why is your Butt so important?   

This awesome muscle definitely connects to many things at its origin and insertion – Imagine how it would make you feel if it’s sleeping on the job.  

At its Origin the Glute Max inserts into the Fascia of the gluteus medius; the external surface of the ilium behind the posterior gluteal line; the fascia of the  erector spinae; the dorsal surface of the sacrum; the lateral margin of the coccyx; the sacrotuberal ligament.   

At its Insertion the Glute Max inserts through the Upper fibers, to the posterior part of the iliotibial tract and the fasciae latae muscles; Through the Lower fibers, to the gluteal tuberosity of the proximal femur.   

did you read all that 🧐? If you didn’t here’s the quickie: 

The Glute Max inserts/connects with the Glute Medius, ilium, your lower back muscles, sacrum, coccyx, a ligament at the lower and back part of the pelvis, IT Band, TFL, and the femur.  

That’s a ton of connections and things that can have issues if your Glute Max is not up to par .  

Now that you know where it connects – here are its actions (what it does) 

It performs extension of the femur from the flexed position in the hip joint; lateral stabilization of the hip and knee joints; external rotation of the femur.   

The Glute Max helps you bring back the femur from a flexed hip position such as a deadlift, Romanian Deadlift, Running (extension of the hip). It helps us stabilize the hip and knee joints as well as helping us externally rotate the femur.  

We can definitely agree that this awesome muscle needs to be functional during all activities: walking, using the stairs, running, weightlifting, dancing, and making the magic happen  

Use it or Lose it!

You ever hear the saying “Use it’s or Lose it” well that is perfect when describing what happens to muscles that don’t get used properly. Your Glute Max is supposed to do many things, but, what happens if you sit on it for 8 hours, or your run looks more like a jog between mile 3 and 12 and you’re not going through a full running gait cycle? Unfortunately that really powerful muscle can become inhibited and atrophy. The under used Glute will recruit less motor units causing it to work less and eventually start shrinking : “You’re going to lose your Gains!”.  

In the previous paragraphs you learned where the Glute. Max connects and what it does. Now, if it’s inhibited,  it will cause energy leaks causing other muscles to absorb more energy and work harder as well. As the Glute Max atrophies it will cause tension in the areas where it connects.   

If the Glute is sleeping on the job, it can be a reason for the IT Band issues your experiencing, that constant tension and pain in your lower back, that lateral hip pain, or knee pain. A non functional Glute Max can also be a catalyst for an injury such as ligament tear/sprain, lack of balance and loss of performance.  

So,  is your Glue Max working? Properly? Don’t Know? Come Check us out, send us a message or book directly using the Link on this page!  

By: Hector Maradiaga Co-Founder | Performance Specialist

About Infinity Sports Institute

Infinity Sports Institute is dedicated in optimizing the human experience through sports science, sports medicine and technology. We believe Physical, Mental and Social components are pillars to optimizing the human experience.

For all your performance, recovery, rehab and consultant needs, make sure to contact us, or come visit us at Infinity Sports Institute in our Brickell Location (42 SW 6th ST). Click Here to Schedule Your Free RockTape Session!

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