Today’s episode is a primer about creating stability in those pesky athletes that aren’t stiff (yes, they exist). Go ahead and ask anyone that is hypermobile and they will tell you that it’s a brutal problem to have (the leopard is always more supple on the other side of the fence…)
Any good provider (Osteo, Physio, Chiro, Physical Med doc) will have on hand about a thousand correlate tests to check for spinal instability. These can be useful for the provider certainly. But, any good coach can see the same instability/hyper-motion/hyper-mobile segments in actual movements if they know what to look for. Turns out, this crappy movement is the problem anyway. So, even if I test for what I expect is a loosey-goosey spinal motion segment on the table, I STILL have to fix that motion in the athlete’s movement patterning.
There are three gross components to spinal stability. 1) Your butt sets your pelvic position 2) Your trunk musculature braces this spinal system 3) The torsion created at the primary engines of the hip and shoulder reinforce and connect this stable spine/pelvic/shoulder carriage complex to the limb. If you are missing one of these components, you are likely compromised.
The leopard is supple, she’s not floppy and hanging on the meat. Don’t let your dancers, yogis, gymnasts, kids, pregnant athletes, or persons with connective tissue syndromes like Ehlers-Danlos be sloppy with their spinal mechanics. Insist that they learn to control that beast. Then, they can move fast.