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Hamstring Training: More Than Leg Curls

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The hamstrings, glutes, and lower back are an important chain of muscles for athletic performance. Not only are they important for performing movements that involve hip extension and knee flexion, but they are also important for preventing hamstring and non-contact ACL injuries.   Having said that, not all hamstring exercises are created equal. Athletes that are trying to improve performance or prevent injuries need hamstrings that are strong in the lengthened position. This means largely avoiding leg curl variations and...

Thinking Outside The Box For The Throwing Shoulder

Throwing athletes spend a lot of time on shoulder training. Usually this is done with something like resistance bands. The idea being that the loer stress work of the bands allows for the development of the scapular stabilizers and the rotator cuff muscles to prevent injuries related to throwing.   While many of use traditionally use these exercises, it’s unclear if they are the best way to approach this type of training. In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,...

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...