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Movement Is Dangerous: We’re Getting Silly

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With the rise of the private performance coaching field, not to mention many of the certifications you can get, it has created an atmosphere of paralysis by analysis when it comes to movement. Now, this is a natural byproduct of the business side of things. After all, one has to stand apart from everyone else to get business.   The thought process runs like this: movement is dangerous. We should not engage in movement until our movement is analyzed for...

Hamstring Muscles Are Different After Injury

Hamstring strains are a fact of life for athletes who sprint in their sport. There are a lot of factors behind this, but one of the biggest is possible a lack of strength in the lengthened position – particular when the athlete is using the hamstrings to extend the hip and the hip is uncoupling from the hip. In other words, during the time when the hamstrings are shortening to drive the foot toward the ground they are also working...

Knowledge Of Tests Improves Results

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) has been around for a few years. It’s meant to identify movement dysfunctions, help guide program design (by employing exercises to address those dysfunctions), and could be a tool to help identify individuals at greater risk of injuries.   This is one of those things that has passionate people on both sides. Advocates swear by this screen. Detractors are just as passionate about attacking it. Frost et al (including Dr. Stuart McGill) have an article...

Practical Hamstring Training For Sports

The hamstring muscle group is critical to athletic success.  It has a role in sprinting, jumping, agility, throwing, hitting, kicking, in other words just about every athletic movement.  In addition, care of the hamstrings prevents injuries including lower back injuries and even ACL tears.  In other words, it’s an important muscle group to focus on in training.   As is the case with most muscle groups, the hamstrings don’t function in isolation during athletics.  This is why an athlete’s time...

Pitchers Adapt To Pitching

At all levels, we’re concerned about the health of baseball pitchers.  Some studies show that more than 40% of MLB pitchers will be injured during a season.  Add to that concerns about overworking youth pitchers and you can see a need for knowledge on this topic.   In the current American Journal of Sports Medicine, Tyler et al examine this matter. This study was designed to look at the role of preseason shoulder strength and range of motion (ROM) on shoulder...