Injury Prevention

Here’s what you need to knowSimply said, our Western society has lost the ability to squat. And no, just because you participate in CrossFit doesn’t leave you exempt from this list.  You are just as, if not more, likely to be injured during squat emphasized...

In my recent CrossFit Journal article "Analyzing the Handstand Position", I outline a series of tests that can be employed to determine the handstand mobility and handstand stability deficits that are impacting an athlete's ability to perform a handstand (and its' variations) with optimal efficiency.Last...

In my recent CrossFit Journal article "Analyzing the Handstand Position", I outline a series of tests that can be employed to analyze handstand mobility and stability deficits that are impacting an athlete's ability to perform a handstand (and its' variations) with optimal efficiency.The following are my...

The fitness athlete must be able to perform a full depth squat.The squat is the single most important training tool for developing hip power in athletes and having proper mobility and technique is crucial to performing the squat in the safest and most efficient way...

Thoracic mobility is one of the most important mobility drills for the fitness athlete. The thoracic spine plays a huge role in keeping the shoulders and the lumbar spine working properly, and pain free. To test thoracic mobility, I look at rotation each direction. This lets me know if there is a unilateral restriction. Limited rotation also means there will be decreased extension in the thoracic spine.For a full thoracic spine mobility plan, check out my THORACIC MOBILITY OVERHAUL PROGRAM.

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Dr. E of themanualtherapist.com recently shared a video for assessing lateral tibial glide which is commonly restricted in those with ankle mobility restrictions, knee collapse during squat patterns, or knee pain. Since he posted I have made this a regular part of my assessment. See it...

Last week's Mobility Minute covered the Hip Hinge pattern and how to assess if an athlete has difficulty loading the hips without putting the spine in poor positions. Closely related to the hip hinge is the need for adequate hamstring flexibility. Without proper hamstring flexibility, maintaining...

Tightness in the latissimus dorsi (lats) muscles is one of the most common dysfunctions I see in athletes. Lat tightness contributes to both decreased overhead mobility and excessive arching of the lower back (as a compensation). Testing lat flexibility is very easy. Compare the amount...