Whether I am in the gym watching people work out independently or with a personal trainer, or they are in a clinic and a patient is performing exercise under the direction of a PT or on the field and performing exercises under the direction of a strength coach or athletic trainer, the message is the same. If your going to do it, do it right. That goes without saying right! Unfortunately, that is not the case and many times not the standard of practice.
As much as we would hope that this would be the case when people are doing this under the direction of educated professionals, the reality is, it is rare that there is a focus on movement quality. Take this example of an individual training their core. Studies show that the muscle with the highest EMG activity during this exercise is the gluteus medius (gmed) on the down side. So, what we see here is an individual that is performing this exercise believing they are training for maximum efficiency of the gmed. Matter of fact, to make it more difficult, they are raising their arm to make it even more difficult. The reality is, in this position, they are shortening their gmed on the down side and lengthening it on the up side. So, instead of strengthening their gmed, they are in fact training and reinforcing the neurological pathways that results in pathological movement patterns (in this case a retrotrendelenburg). So, when this person is in an upright posturing, they have essentially trained themselves to compensate in single leg stance with a retrotrendelenburg. When we test these athletes and we do not see a change in their movement patter despie training, 9 times out of 10, this is the result of poor training technique.
So, in this series, we will discuss some specific movements that we want to ensure that the athlete is doing correctly. So, hang with us as we break down a couple of research studies and critical movements to keep an eye out for. Help us ring in 2018 right by spreading the word and helping to prevent athletic injuries. #ViPerformAMI #ACLPlayItSafe #ResearchThatWorks