Lower Body

 The wall facing squat is a great tool for assessing and exercising the squat pattern. See the below quote from renown Strength Coach Pavel Tsactsouline's book "The Naked Warrior". [embed]https://instagram.com/p/5x7XOnBE03/[/embed]The Goblet Squat can make a great correction for those with difficulty maintaining proper positioning during the squat:[embed]https://instagram.com/p/5uX5rxhEzd/[/embed]Another...

The handstand provides an excellent opportunity to examine an athlete's mobility and motor control abilities. Have the athlete assume a handstand position with their front side facing a wall and toes pointed. Watch for the following: wrists extended so that the forearm is near vertical,...

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...

Pinching in the  hips during squats is one of the most common complaints I hear from CrossFitters and weightlifters. A variety of restrictions can lead to this form of hip impingement ranging from ankle mobility to core positioning and boney anatomy of the hip joint. In...

 A variety of lower extremity injuries can occur as a result of decreased ankle mobility, specifically decreased dorsiflexion (see my posts on this HERE and HERE).  The ankle dorsiflexion test is my favorite tool for assessing dorsiflexion mobility because it doesn't require any tools or training, can...

In many sports, hamstring injuries are commonly.  Unfortunately, rehab from this injury can be slow and recovering from an initial hamstring injury doesn’t mean an athlete will be free from further re-injury as recurrence of hamstring strains is quite common.Researchers in this study decided to...

With hamstring injuries being around 16% of all athletic injuries and reports of re-injury rates as high as 34%, identifying risk factors and appropriate rehab protocols is important for helping athletes play safely.  Proper hamstring rehab is extremely important as research suggests that recovery from recurrent...