- Structure dictates function and function dictates dysfunction.
- Symmetry is important to a degree, but our bodies are not symmetrical by nature and we are also either right or left handed. This makes perfect symmetry nearly impossible.
- What if a coach/trainer had 100 athletes and; 82 of them had disc bulges/herniations, 27 of them had vertebral fractures and 34 of them had rotator cuff tears? Is this the sign of a bad trainer or is it normal?
- Studies have shown that over half of people that have bulged discs don’t have back pain.
- Studies have shown similar results for people with rotator cuff tears.
- Because many of these conditions remain “silent” until there is pain it is best to manage these potential pitfalls by helping the individual move efficiently through targeted mobility/strength and soft tissue work.
- “Inefficiency” and” pathology” may not be the same thing. Correct the “inefficiency”, however and you will also correct the “pathology”.
- A pragmatic training goal would be to re-distribute stress from an area of inefficiency.
- Eric on bagging your head against the wall: Traditional medical model – patch up the wall and take some aspirin for the headache. The smart way – stop banging your head against the wall!
- Active vs. Passive restraints: Passive restraints are; muscles, tendons and bone. Active restraints are; meniscus, labrum, and discs. Suboptimal passive restraint function (strength, flexibility, tissue quality) leads to stress on the active restraints.
- Muscles operate on mobility/stability continuum. Some joints are typically too mobile (which provides poor force transfer) and include; the scapulae, lumbar spine and the shoulder joint.
- Joints that are typically stiff (and thus provide poor force production): ankles, hips, thoracic spine, shoulder joint).
- There are no “contraindicated exercises” just “contraindicated people”.
- Ankle mobility is important as it keeps the heels down and spine neutral while squatting.
- Poor ankle mobility forces the knee to become unstable.
- The advent of ankle taping and high tops has undoubtedly contributed to higher incidences of ankle sprains.
- Nike Shox are horrible – go with “Free” if you choose Nike.
- Orthotics should be used sparingly. They can cause more harm than good by actually perpetuating structural deformities.
- The knee is the bastard child of the ankle and hip.
- Hip mobility is important as stiff hips can cause problems above and below (lower back and knees).
- Common hip problems include; rotational deficits and hip flexor imbalances.
- Core stability is important for resisting extension/rotation/flexion and maintaining posture.
- Eliminate sit-ups, side bends and hyperextensions from your program!
- Thoracic spine mobility is important for lower back and shoulder function, posture and respiratory function.
- 100% of shoulder problems are related to scapular diskinesis (abnormal shoulder blade movement). Scapular problems are often the result of scapular winging and downward rotation.
- Unstable surface training: Very effective for ankle rehab – craptacular for athletic enhancement.
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