Why Bridging the Gap?

Due to my background as a physiotherapist and performance specialist, I realized that there is a tremendous gap between rehabilitation and performance. But is there so much difference between rehabilitation and performance? Should this Gap exist?

On one side we have physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and other kind of health professionals working in rehabilitation, that seem to do their “thing”. On the other side of the spectrum, we have fitness and S&C coaches who also do their “thing”. Shouldn’t we communicate the same language? After all, human body is the same whether you want to recover from an injury or enhance your performance.

As Charlie Weingroff would say, Rehab = Training. Both professionals should pursue the same goal, which is  to restore and improve qualities. Seems logical, so why is there a gap?

The only aspect that divides these two areas is pain, and the main feature that joins them together is movement. On one hand we have people who are in pain and/or injured (you don’t need to be injured to be in pain, but that’s another topic…) who want to move better, and on the other hand, we have people who want to become stronger but need to move better first, in order to minimize risk of injury.

In my opinion, this process should not be divided or isolated: it must be a continuum.

For these reasons, I decided to create this website, in order to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance. I will try to give my personal opinion about every aspect, but always based on the latest evidence available.

Hope you enjoy it, and see you in the next post!

Luís Mesquita


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