Just as equally important is the ability to teach the athlete the ability to discern the difference between lumbar motion and hip motion. That is the reason for the Lumbar Hip Disassociation Exercise Series we will now investigate.
Lumbar Hip Disassociation Exercise Series:
The next exercise series to use with the athlete to ensure that the rest of the progression is done correctly is the Lumbar Hip Disassociation Exercise Series. These exercises are used for retraining the athlete’s proprioception, strength and range of motion involving the hip and spine. Teaching proper technique with this is essential to development of kinesthetic sense and in particular, differentiation between movement in the spine and movement in the hip. The difference between movement at the hip and at the spine is notoriously difficult to train.
v Prep Exercise:
Level II: Now repeat this exercise while standing only on one leg with the hands on the hips. Again, gently rotate into the back stride leg femoral internal and external rotation while maintaining lumbar neutral, neutral hips and “healthy knee alignment”. Perform 3 sets of 10-20 reps on each leg.
Dr. Nessler is a practicing physical therapist with over 17 years sports medicine clinical experience and a nationally recognized expert in the area of athletic movement assessment. He is the developer of an athletic biomechanical analysis and author of a college textbook on this subject. He serves as the National Director of Sports Medicine for Physiotherapy Associates, is Chairman of Medical Services for the International Obstacle Racing Federation and associate editor of the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.