What is Prehabilitation or Prehab?

In a prehab programme we assess the body for any biomechanical weaknesses and use this information to formulate a prescriptive exercise programme, enabling an individual to function at their optimal activity levels without pain.

The term Pre-habilitation can refer to one of two things:

  1. Prehabilitation can be used to improve an individual's biomechanical function before any anticipated surgery. If an individual is in good physical condition and strength before surgery, they will bounce back faster post the procedure. Prehabilitation enables an individual to withstand periods of non-activity associated with surgery, lessening the affects of muscle-wastage.

  2. Prehab can also refer to a personalised exercise programme that provides sports specific focused exercises and activities in order to prevent injuries. The development of the programme needs to be progressive and periodically re-evaluated to change with the individuals needs.

Who and how to Prehab?


Sporting individuals of all levels should include prehabilitation in their training programme. The more advanced the individuals, the more stresses are put on their bodies and thus a greater need for a prehab programme. The repetitive nature that training can often demand can mean that the body is unable to keep up, which leads to injury. A good prehab programme can identify any weaknesses, focussing on preparing the body for the demands that are laid upon it. The programme will balance range of motion, strength, coordination and stabilisation. A good prehab programme can possibly prevent any biomechanical injuries from occurring.

An acute injury can easily become chronic if left untreated, and a chronic injury can go into a vicious continuous circle causing secondary injuries. Book a consultation with 360 Physical Therapy to get you back on track with the right rehab programme.

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An acute injury can easily become chronic if left untreated, and a chronic injury can go into a vicious continuous circle causing secondary injuries. Book a consultation with 360 Physical Therapy to get you back on track with the right rehab programme. To book a consultation please fill out the form on the Contact Us Page.
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