Mobility

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...

 Thoracic mobility is very important for overhead mobility of the shoulders as well as decreasing stress on the lumbar spine. To assess rotation, perform the lumbar locked internal rotation that will be described below. If one side is limited, rotation to that side is lacking....

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...

 Last week we discussed how to test flexibility of the latissimus dorsi (lat) muscle to improve overhead mobility. This week we will look at the Reach, Roll, & Lift (RR&L) which is a great exercise for assessing the overhead stability of athletes. It also makes...

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...