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Entries in assessment (3)


Fixing the Split Jerk: A Case Study of Femoral Retroversion

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Today's post is an interesting case study of a recent assessment and the implications of a key finding on fixing the split jerk.

This post will detail everything from the assessment process and clinical implications to, perhaps most importantly, the practical application of that information in the gym to develop, strengthen, and program the split jerk.

The clinical component details important information on hip function, and the practical application discusses useful strategies for all athletes who perform the split jerk.

Read time: 13 min

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Influencing Posture

Last week, we examined how posture and position can affect one’s movement. As discussed in that article, Influence of Posture 101, excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt alter the expression of hip flexion during movements like the squat (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Comparison of hip flexion with two different postures. A) Excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt; B) Neutral spine and pelvic alignment.

This article details specific techniques, stretches, and exercises to address issues related to postural and positional, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and motor control factors that can contribute to a posture of excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt.

Read time: 15-20 min

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Influence of Posture 101

“Tight” hamstrings afflict many people and can have significant effects on how they perform a number of movements. Today’s post will demonstrate why stretching the hamstrings may not be the solution if you experience tight hamstrings. We’ll focus on the influence of posture and position on the state of our muscles.

Mobility limitations often present themselves as a sensation of “tightness” in certain areas of the body when performing certain exercises. The go-to approach for many is to stretch the area that feels tight. However, this approach does not address other factors that may contribute to tight muscles. As a result, after weeks, months, or even years of stretching, many individuals experience little, if any, relief from their tight muscles.

Learn more about the influence of excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt.

Read time: 5-7 min

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