Invariably during and after the conference many questions pop into my head. Sometimes I was able ask the speaker directly, other times the thought happens afterwards…i.e. on the flight home, so I miss the opportunity to ask my questions. Here is a list of random questions I have:
What is the impact of general strength (i.e. weighted pull-ups) on the bicep anchor, long head of bicep tendon strength? If it improves the tissue tolerance of the aforementioned structures will it improve injury rates and or pitching performance? I think I’m going to ask Eric Cressey and or Mike Renoid (I wanted to during the conference, but I just missed Renoid…)
Impact of overhead Olympic Weight Lifting Movements for Pitchers? Both in terms of injury prevention and performance. There are many dimensions to consider beyond the shoulder and elbow, such as the lead leg, trunk control, and neural drive. Appreciate the full body system stability and centration that must be controlled to perform the Olympic Lifts. Take a look at the incredible display of vertical and imagine the control you must have on the lead leg during the split jerk.
How to train lateral leg power (i.e. using the back leg to drive down the mound) and front leg control. With respect to both aforementioned points how much of lateral leg power is related to vertical leg power and how much of front leg control is related eccentric leg power – this is a very loaded question and relates to our thoughts on Olympic Weightlfiting ** thanks Dr. Marcus Elliott for sharing your data on how hitting power and throwing velocity is related to lateral leg power… (more on this in a future post – “Are pitchers athletes? […]
Here is an important and perhaps easy question that will serve as a primer to question the prescription of plank and side bridge exercises. Don’t get me wrong there is a place for these exercises but under what circumstances should we prescribe these exercises? Questioning allows us to better prescribe the use of these exercise and to not fail under the magic bullet problem. Our clinical reasoning is our most valuable asset. I’ll follow this post with a post that was inspired by a Physioedge Podcast with Linda-Joy Lee from Discover Physio. Please listen!!! There are some interesting points to consider. Thanks Linda-joy!!!
Important considerations that go along with this question:
Why do we prescribe plank and side bridge exercises?
How well do we perform plank and side-bridge exercises?
What is the relationship between plank and side bridges with knee control?
Do plank and side bridges aid in developing motor control of our spine?
What is the purpose of trunk endurance?
Does plank and side-bridge control aid in performance?
I’ve written that programming is more important than exercise selection – Are training methods more or less important than exercise selection? I believe this, but we must be excellent at the small details of exercise execution and exercise selection.
The cornerstone of all programs lies in the execution of the selected exercise. For whatever reason, the art of teaching and cueing an exercise is lost in the sea to collect an encyclopedia of exercises. How many young health care professionals or strength and conditioning coaches hunger for new and exciting exercises? They look at the basic exercises as easy to teach and perhaps don’t spend nearly enough time mastering the value they can provide. I’m always amazed by the amount of information I can gain from progressing an athlete from a single leg stance into a single leg squat. From what I observe I’m able to build a strategy to develop their athleticism and help them prevent injuries. Note I put them through an assessment process and use the entire assessment to formulate my plan. My point here is that a basic exercise is so revealing…hence I’m a huge fan of the FMS for that reason.
The best health care practitioners, strength and conditioning coaches, and skill coaches always teach and meticulously develop basic movement qualities, such as the squat and deadlift. We all understand the importance of teaching these qualities, but what about meticulous execution of a side bridge, plank or single leg stance. I’m always surprised by how poorly these exercises are performed. If these exercise are performed poorly who is to blame??? If they’re easy to teach, then why are they performed poorly? A lack of attention and focus on details […]
We had the distinct pleasure of having Craig Liebenson visit FITS Toronto. There we had great dialogue about movement and one of the things that I wanted to share was the evolution of thought. Charlie Weingroff coined the phrase Training is Rehab and Rehab is Training. This coincides with the concept that movement is central to injury prevention and performance. We can’t separate the two. The reason can be explain by the following tenets regarding movement:
Injuries are largely caused by the way we move (motor control)
If we move well (motor control) we can prevent injuries
If we move well (motor control) we can improve performance
If we move poorly our performance will be sub-optimal
How our athletes / patients develop motor control is largely determined by how they are coached. It doesn’t matter if you’re a health care professional, a strength and conditioning professional, a teacher, a skill development specialist we’re all coaches at the end of the day. We’re required to engage with our athletes or patients and provide them appropriate feedback and cues to help them understand how to develop motor control or improve movement. Our feedback is largely based on our knowledge and observation skills. At times technology can aid in providing metrics to help us evaluate movement (i.e. high speed video motion capture, kinematic evaluation, etc.), but we use our observation skills to a great extent. Next we must formulate a curriculum to progress their current motor skill competence by progressively exposing them to appropriate failure of stance and challenges. This entire process is an art that is based on understanding the forces imposed on the system and developed within the system, but most importantly getting our athletes and patients to […]