Much has been said about CrossFit over the past few years. While I have not worked with a ton of these athletes, I have worked with overhead and olympic lifters. Many of these athletes are in great condition and know a lot about their sport. However, as a life long learner I recognize there is always more to learn about a particular sport. This podcast is phenomenal on Crossfit injuries and rehabilitation. Check it out here for more information: http://physioedge.com.au/pe-030-crossfit-injuries-with-antony-lo/
With the NBA finals in full effect, I thought it would be appropriate to re-visit some basketball specific drills to implement with your players. Bodyweight exercises and control is a prerequisite, but improving power and deceleration with a sports cord is very beneficial. With the amount of player contact and uncontrolled movement during the games, players must learn how to adapt. Below are two examples of how to do that.
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The hip airplane is an exercise I first found through Dr. Mcgill a few years back. I love the deadlift and the single leg deadlift for getting good posterior chain activation as well as proper core stability. Below is a great demonstration and a link to a ton of progressions.
Sometimes the best articles are from the past. This is one of those cases. Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson put out a very detailed and long upper and lower body guide to fix your posture. It's an extremely detailed anatomy description of length-tension relationships and the importance of understanding them. Many examples are used. Yes, the information may be something you've already learned, but sometimes those reviews are needed. Check it out here.
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I recently evaluated a weightlifter who came in with anterior shoulder pain. After going through a detailed evaluation and history I found that he was a very heavy overhead presser. Not surprising for this type of population. But it brought up a very important point for overhead pressing: Not everyone is appropriate for it.
Some of the most common findings I see in those that are not ready for overhead pressing include tight lats, scapular dyskinesis, and poor lumbopelvic control. It seems that I am not the only one though. Tony Gentilcore of Cressey Performance has written an article on this subject. Check out some of his thoughts on both evaluation and interventions for those that should not be overhead pressing.
Interesting way to implement hip and core together in this video by Eric Cressey. Anti-rotation exercises for the core are not used enough IMO and can be very beneficial for our athletes. Others I like to use include: Chops/lifts, med ball rotational throws, cable walkouts, and anti-rotation cable presses. Check it out.
For those of you that haven't seen Scot Morrison's post on ther ex resources see the attached link. Also, I'd really encourage those of you who don't know who Scot is to start following him on social media/his website. He's really one of the brighter minds in our profession and one that is very driven. I really respect Scot and follow him myself for resources and clinical pearls. Check it out here: http://scotmorrison.com/therexdatabase/
Recently came across this interview by Dr. E with Charlie Weingroff and its great! Charlie has long been a pioneer in the field of S&C and PT. Check it out!
The bent over row is one of the exercises that is often botched in the gym. Yet it is an important lift that can be a nice accessory lift to deadlifts and upper back work. Tony does a great job with his cues and set up. Use his cues for your own athletes or yourself!
I've always been a big fan of having options for improving movement. While I cannot say definitively what any type of self mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, etc is doing, I do believe it has value. Whether it is neurophysiological or just patient/client preference, I do include them in my programming and rehabilitation when I feel they are lacking mobility or flexibility (again, this is where clinical reasoning happens).
In this article and video, Dan Pope gives us some extra ways to improve overhead movement. I really liked some of his ideas and while I have seen a good chunk of them, there were many that I have not. No matter what your views are on what manual or self manual work does, it's always good to have options to help improve your athlete's movement patterns. Screening is one component, corrections (or whatever you like to call them), is the other part. However, remember that you must always seek out the source of the problem. What make look like a mobility problem may be a motor control problem or stability problem. And just because one has the range of motion does not mean they will use it during a movement. Determine what and why before implementing a treatment.